The Youth.Academy TO (Jugend.Akademie Technische Orthopädie) is an initiative for interdisciplinary development of young talent in the field of orthopaedic technology.
The Youth.Academy TO is now traditionally part of OTWorld. In 2018, it took place for the fourth time at the world's largest industry meeting. In the years of OTWorld, the Youth.Academy TO enables a large number of participants – and a selected group in the interim years – to upskill adapted to their own level of knowledge and to network with one another. The initiative is becoming increasingly international.
This project was initiated by trainees and vocational colleges from the orthopaedic technology sector (ALLOF e. V.), the conceptual partner is the German Association of Orthopaedic Technology (Bundesinnungsverband für Orthopädie-Technik).
THIS WAS THE Y.A TO 2018 ...
trainees and students from the fields of orthopaedic technology, orthopaedic footwear technology, physiotherapy and medicine from 7 countries
of comprehensive programme at the trade show and the congress true to the motto: Learn Together, Exchange Ideas, Have Fun!
Learn Together, Exchange Ideas, Have Fun! The Youth.Academy TO in pictures.
At the start of the Youth.Academy TO 2018, the participants met in the Glass Hall on Thursday morning before heading to the exhibition halls. More than 500 young professionals from the fields of orthopaedic technology, orthopaedic footwear technology, physiotherapy and medicine took part in this year’s Youth.Academy TO.
In keeping with tradition, Olaf Kelz, BIV-OT board member and Chair of the Vocational Training Committee, welcomed the participants of the Youth.Academy TO.
Once again, the participants were offered a comprehensive programme at the trade show and the congress.
For instance, in addition to visiting exhibitors in the exhibition halls, the young professionals were invited to get a taste of the congress. Consequently, they had the opportunity to attend all lectures in the Open Forum and in Room 1 and listen to the leading figures of the industry. In the practical courses, they were also able to learn tricks of the trade from experts in modern prosthetic and orthotic care.
In the (exhibitor) workshops specially designed for the young professionals, the trainees learned a lot about: the sports orthopaedic technology at the Winter Olympics, new knitting techniques and innovative solutions for knee osteoarthritis, neuro-orthotic management of failing ankle muscles and additive manufacturing in the modern orthopaedic technology.
The legendary party in the Pocketpark on Thursday night marked the end of the first day. In a relaxed and friendly atmosphere, the trainees were encouraged to share their impressions of the first day.
The “barbecue chefs” Prof. Dr. Volker Bühren, Klaus-Jürgen Lotz and Norbert Aumann looked well after the participants with tasty grilled sausages.
From October 26 – 27, 2017, 22 selected trainees of orthopaedic technology travelled to Berlin. The participants attended the German Congress for Orthopaedics and Trauma Surgery (DKOU) on the first day and received backpacks from the Youth.Academy TO on arrival, which were filled to the brim by the sponsors. The young professionals had the opportunity to learn about the latest products and technical innovations in the field of orthopaedic technology. The companies Bauerfeind, Sporlastic and Thuasne contributed to a lively exchange among the participants with customised guided booth tours.
In the session „Compliance in der Technischen Orthopädie, Notwendigkeit interdisziplinärer Kooperation unter juristischem Damoklesschwert“ (Compliance in Orthopaedic Technology, Necessity for Interprofessional Collaboration under the Legal Sword of Damocles), the trainees got an impression of the congress when following the lectures intently.
While the focus of the first day had been completely on the DKOU, the second day began with a city tour of Berlin including a visit to the Reichstag. The trip concluded with a visit to the Ottobock Science Center, where the trainees were lead through the innovative and engineering-based exhibition. Special thanks are due to the sponsors of the Youth.Academy TO, who make these trips possible with your support.
HOW IT ALL STARTED ...
The starting signal for the Youth.Academy TO was given in 2012. A specially set up working group constituted of representatives of BIV-OT, ALLOF e. V., member companies and the industry was tasked with designing the comprehensive training and development programme as well as the framework of the initiative in cooperation with the Confairmed GmbH.
Also in the interim years in which OTWorld does not take place, the Youth.Academy TO organises excursions, such as the visit to the event “Tag der Technischen Orthopädie” at the German Congress for Orthopaedics and Trauma Surgery (DKOU) in 2017. On this occasion, the participants took advantage of the congress programme following engaging lectures, and also benefitted from a specially designed social programme.
- Arbeitsgemeinschaften ALLOF e.V. und ALOST e.V.
- Bundesinnungsverband für Orthopädie-Technik (BIV-OT)
- Bundesfachschule für Orthopädie-Technik (BUFA)
- Confairmed – Gesellschaft für Congressmanagement mbH
- Internationaler Verband Orthopädieschuhtechniker (IVO)
- ISPO Deutschland e. V.
- Leipziger Messe GmbH
- Verlag Orthopädie-Technik
- Zentralverband Orthopädieschuhtechnik (ZVOS)
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