Practical seminar under the framework of the joint project between sequa GmbH and Human Study e.V. “German-Tunisian educational partnership Orthopedic Technology

The practical seminar “German-Tunisian educational partnership Orthopedic Technology” took place from May 31st to June 13th 2013 at the premises of the Max-Born-Kolleg in Recklinghausen. The participants were 23 orthopedic technicians from Tunisia and Togo, mainly employees of the Centre d’Appareillage Orthopédique in Tunis, but also private technicians with the aim to improve their professional level. The seminar covered the topic of Lower Extremity Prosthetics & Orthotics.

Before the seminar itself could begin, our students were tested on their knowledge in topics such as anatomy, pathology and biomechanics. The examinations were conducted in French in written and oral form, with the help of simultaneous interpreters, who had their share in making the whole seminar a success by eliminating language barriers. This way the instructors were able to determine the students’ level of knowledge as well as to plan the entire training. Due to the fact that the students are already professional orthopedic technicians in their home countries, they had the opportunity to refresh their knowledge by consulting teaching material provided on the e-learning online platform prior to the seminar.

After the examinations had finished and the instructors had decided to prepare the students for an “Orthopedic Technologist“ ISPO, Category II diploma, the actual seminar could begin.

The students were divided into two groups. One group was taken over by the renown Orthopedic Master, Mr. Michael Rexing who guided his group into producing orthotics, whilst Mr. Christian Schlierf took on the group in the area of prosthetics. Students with less experience in orthotics were directed to Mr. Rexing and vice versa. Mr Schlierf and his students were lucky to have two local patients at their disposal on the basis of which they were able to construct transfemoral prosthesis devices in ischium containment design.

Human Study e.V, and our Tunisian students were supported by Mr. Matthias Quante and his team at the Max-Born-Kolleg not only in the highly equipped workshops but beyond.

Next to the practical work the students had the chance to meet with their colleagues and exchange ideas during two trips. The first trip led to the university hospital in Münster and the second one to the renowned Federal School for Orthopedic Technology in Dortmund.

This very intense and instructional two-week seminar ended with a ceremony on June 13th, where diplomas were distributed, and the future educational program was presented.

It seems that the students are now at the beginning of a hard-working period, and intensive educational process in order to succeed in obtaining their Category II diplomas.

We congratulate and thank all students for their professional conduct and hard work to complete this intense seminar. We also extend particular appreciation to participating patients, Max-Born-Kolleg staff, in the lead of Mr. Matthias Quante and HS instructors.