INTERVIEW WITH FRENCH SOCIETY
1. What has been your experience of being part of EFAS?
The AFCP, as a French Society, is proud to have Yves Tourné, MD at the presidency of EFAS, which will help us to establish a sound relationship between both societies.
There is certainly a lack of involvement in the French Society at the moment. Our scientific committee under the capable guidance of François Lintz, MD, is working hard to create a list of accredited training centers accepting international fellows. The organization of a joint Spring meeting between the AFCP and SEMCPT ( Spanish Society) in May 2020 is proof of the motivation of the AFCP in developing international relationships.
2. What will be the impact of our societies in the future of foot and ankle surgery?
Foot and Ankle Surgery in the field in Orthopaedic Surgery that is growing fast. New techniques in the field of mini-invasive surgery, arthroscopic surgery and access to newer implants require a permanent education where national and international societies have to take the lead.
EFAS has to be a place where information can be shared, and National Societies can input their respective experiences and a harmonization of treatment proposals in the ‘old continent’ can be proposed.
3. AFCP organizes a wide range of events and courses in France, could you please tell us more about the upcoming events?
The ‘ Association Française de Chirurgie du pied’ (AFCP) was created in 1998 and is partnered Society in the Société Française de Chirurgie Orthopédique. We have around 250 National and International Members ( growing with 40 % in the last 2 years).
The main purpose of our society is the promotion development and education in the field of Foot and Ankle Surgery in France. The main Annual Events are organized by the executive office of AFCP with the help of the Scientific Committee and the ‘ Bureau des Jeunes’ which is formed by the younger surgeons and it consists of;
• ‘Les Journées de Printemps de l’AFCP) is attended by around 200 to 300 participants. Round tables discussion, symposia, and free papers are completed by the participation of an Invited Society (the USA in 2018, Japan in 2019)
•We organize a specialty day during the annual French National Orthopaedic Meeting ( SOFCOT)
•We organize an annual Master Class in the form of a Cadaver lab focusing on a specific surgical theme in the field of Foot and Ankle Surgery
•We organize a Master Class in the form of a Saw Bone Class, under the skilled guidance of the ‘ Bureau des Jeune’ focusing on the basic technique to educate our younger colleagues.
The theoretical education is completed by the ‘ DIU de chirurgie du pied et cheville’ created by the AFCP in 1998 with the help of 12 University around France and additional non university based Surgeons.
During the last years we created a Total Ankle National Register under the guidance of Jean Luc Besse, MD and we created an information platform for our patients.
All our meeting are recorded and available on line for our members on our website ( www.afcp.com.fr)