ESSR Sports Imaging Course and Fourth International Rostock Summer School also inspires in the hybrid format

104 participants from 17 countries (including India, Peru, Iran, Norway, Australia) attended from July 23rd to July 24th the ESSR Sports Imaging Course in connection with the 4th International Rostock Summer School on Musculoskeletal Cross Sectional Imaging 2021.

“It is an honor for us to welcome young scientists and medical doctors from all” said the Dean of the Rostock University Medical Center, Prof. Dr. Emil Reisinger, in his welcoming address. In continuation of the International Rostock Summer School on Musculoskeletal Cross Sectional Imaging, which was successfully carried out over the past three years, this year’s program focused on sports injuries of the knee joint but also special topics such as groin pain in top athletes.
“Since the opportunities for further training are still limited this year due to the Covid-19 pandemic, we have decided in favor of a hybrid format as part of the current hygiene concept,” said the scientific organizer Professor Dr. Marc-André Weber, Director of the Institute of Diagnostic and Interventional Radiology, Pediatric and Neuroradiology at the University Medical Center Rostock. In the beautiful and historic main anatomy building, the attendants were able to follow the presentations and discussions by a total of 21 speakers from 7 countries – the online participants live at home in front of their screens. Via the chat function, questions could be put directly to the speakers who were either present on site or, for example, who were connected live online from other European countries and who also gave their presentations from home. All participants also have the opportunity to watch the entire event, including the lectures and lively discussions, 24h/7d in a password-protected area.

“This was only possible thanks to the excellent use of medical technology and the loan of technical equipment from the University of Rostock. I would like to express my thanks to all speakers, the moderators of the meetings and the organizational team who made this implementation possible in the first place, ”continues Prof. Weber. A fruitful simultaneous discussion with questions raised by external participants via an online chat and with questions raised on site by the audience in the lecture hall is a particular challenge. Professor Dr. Wolfgang Schareck, the rector of the University of Rostock, commented live on site in a virtual tour through the main university building, the treasury and the university church. During the breaks, at least the on-site attendants had the opportunity to exchange ideas with industry representatives.

The event is accredited by the European Society of Musculoskeletal Radiology (ESSR), the German Radiological Society (DRG), the German Society of Musculoskeletal Radiology (DGMSR) and the Medical Association of Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania .
In the coming year, the ESSR annual scientific meeting will take place in Rostock-Hohe Düne with 1000 participants expected, which will hopefully take place again with all speakers and participants in a face-to-face event from June 9th to 11th, 2022. “It is a special honor for Rostock to be able to welcome so many guests from all over the world to our beautiful Hanseatic and university city”, said the Rector Professor Schareck.