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The well-established and exclusive SORG Cleft & Face Course in Maastricht took place from February 13th – 15th, 2020. 16 international participants attended the fully booked course and were guided by 6 excellent specialists in their field.

After the principles in cleft surgery, secondary and tertiary procedures as well as orthognathic and aesthetic aspects were featured. Beside the theoretical lectures on anatomy and surgery, the focus was especially on the practical hands-on part in the form of fresh frozen cadaver preparations in the wet lab. For this event, SORG supported three maxillofacial resident surgeons from Eastern European countries in cooperation with EACMFS, making this outstanding course attendance possible and fostering OMF teaching and education for everyone.

Here is what one of the participants, specialist trainee Anna Olejnik, says about the course:

"It is insufficient to describe in simple words how grateful to EACMFS, S.O.R.G. and KLS Martin I am for the support in attending the 2020 S.O.R.G. Cleft & Face Course at the Maastricht University Medical Center. 
As much as I am grateful I am also delighted having been a participant in a three day mixed lecture and hands on meeting covering a great deal of knowledge on cleft palate repair techniques, numerous local facial flaps and face rejuvenation procedures. The inseparable role of anatomy in planning and performing a surgical treatment was emphasized.

Having been a part of lectures conducted by the hall of fame of speakers and then practicing presented techniques on fresh frozen tissues made me feel excellent about my own surgical development as a trainee in the path of becoming a maxillofacial surgeon. This is the most suitable way of learning surgical procedures - step by step with an experienced mentor beside presenting with generous advice multiple ways to get to the same goal.

I felt great and astonished about the atmosphere of the meetings and after work gatherings organized during evening hours. It felt rather more like family meetings than a working and learning course.

I am looking forward to being part of such meetings in the future and strongly recommend S.O.R.G. Academy to those who wish to become the best of the best surgeons taught by the best. It has been one of the finest tuition courses in my learning process."