BSC 2019 is now history...

From the point of view of the Faculty, the course went very well.  The COA, under Doug Thompson, and now Cynthia Vezina, in its important role of supporting education, has incorporated this course in its mandate. We are thankful for this, which includes their financial support which is added to that of our corporate sponsors: Zimmer, Stryker, Smith & Nephew, and Wright. Corporate support is altruistic in that they simply provide an educational grant without terms, in support of what we do. Be aware as well,  that what you received was the product of a dedicated faculty, many of whom traveled long distances for just one session. If you interact with a faculty member where you are, share your thoughts.  Direct feedback is meaningful. As a group we are dedicated to our
Vision:        To be the best available basic science course for orthopaedic residents on any continent, and
Mission:        To provide the highest quality learning experience for musculoskeletal basic sciences
The evaluations are in, with a high response rate...thanks! As we evaluate the content, we will, through the blog share the lessons from this year's course.  
There were many changes in format this year, specifically the introduction of video content that we expected you to view beforehand...the flipping of the classroom concept. We particularly emphasized the concept of clinical/radiological/pathological correlation. It was not perfect, but as a first attempt, it seemed to work...we appreciated your committment to your learning in pre-viewing the videos. For us, your positive feedback is encouraging as the preparation is labor intensive. The evaluations indicated that our attempt to get you ahead of the curve in terms of understanding and interpreting the H & E slide was a success. Rather than seeing a blue and red mystery with each slide, you expressed enthousiasm as you became aware that sequential slides show exactly how the skeleton evolves, what specifically the cells are doing, and the underlying links with the osteogenic markers. These complex chemicals, along with the unique environment of bone explain how it all happens. Linking the slides to radiographs and cases through the clinical cases was a favored forum. 
We are moving swiftly to post the PDFs for each session as promptly as possible.  My hope is that they are posted within the next few days.
We are aware of many of your concerns. To shorten the days we must continue the theme of flipping the classroom: more online content via videos, or selective review of PDFs from previous content, or particularly germane classic documents. It is important to us that the course be a positive, not a negative learning experience. Communication about what was to be seen beforehand was a problem in that you did not receive notice of the Videos concerning Bioequipment. These are important and high quality videos, the work of Dr. Almansoori, there now for your perusal. I regret the miscommunication.
Upcoming posts will discuss the COA Basic Science Scholarship which will provide $1000 for the best clinical case study prepared by a resident in a Canadian training program. We will also comment on mechanisms to produce more active engagement during the course. We will share the results of the evaluations...what worked, and what did not. We also  will discuss the Blog as a mechanism for simple communication between participants and faculty.
For now, I will use a military term to sum up, for both faculty and participants: BRAVO ZULU...job well done!
Tom Smallman