After more than 25 years of teaching and promoting arthroscopy to Belgian residents and surgeons, ABA faces a challenge to continue this mission in the future.
Regulations and new promotional models have changed the role of the industry as partners. Most companies now offer their own (cadaver) courses in state-of-the-art facilities and have drastically decreased their sponsorship of congresses and symposia organized by scientific societies.
In addition, in Belgium there has been on evolution in societies towards a more joint-oriented approach.
Therefore, the board of ABA proposes to shift the focus our activities from organizing our own courses and symposia to offering grants for courses and travelling fellowships related to arthroscopic training in well-established centres. The allocation of grants could be done by a restricted board.
During the General Assembly of October 30th the quorum of 2/3 was not reached.
A second general assembly, without necessity of a quorum, took place on Wednesday November 27th 2013.
Following statements and changes have been approved:
ABAâs primary goal remains teaching of arthroscopy.
However ABA will no longer organize symposia, congresses or courses itself, but will act as a âFoundation for Arthroscopy Fellowshipsâ
The General Assembly unanimously decides that grants should be allocated according to well-defined criteria with a maximum of 15.000 â¬ / year.
Grants are in the first place allocated for international intra-European travelling fellowships and secondary for arthroscopic cadaver courses.
The board of directors is in charge of defining criteria for grants.
The executive committee consisting of 4 members (equal Dutch/French-speaking parity if possible) is in charge of evaluating candidacies and allocating grants according to the criteria defined by the board.
Actual members in order with dues for 2012 will remain members if they wish to, but no membership dues will be asked anymore from now on. Dues are waved but still open for discussion in the future".
The board of directors 2014 is composed by: Nicole Pouliart, Jean-Emile Dubuc, Alain Hebrant , Frank Handelberg , Fredrik Almqvist and Peter Verdonk