Healthcare professionals in Latin America benefit from dynamic bone health courses

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Held in cooperation with local member societies, IOF Latin America's Children's Bone Health and Advanced Training Courses provide valuable updates for clinicians in the region.

IOF’s Latin American regional office, in cooperation with member societies and scientific experts in the region, has developed a dynamic series of Spanish-language courses tailored to regional interests and information needs. The focus has been on courses dedicated to raising awareness and knowledge of bone and muscle health as well as early prevention at all ages.

The two most popular courses and their updates alone have been attended by more than 2500 health professionals from throughout the region. They offer a high-quality curriculum, thanks to the close involvement and commitment of Latin American members of the IOF Committee of Scientific Advisors (CSA) and the Latin American Regional Advisory Council (RAC). As a result of this commitment the courses have gained wide-spread recognition and are highly valued by the attendees. Following the 2014 courses, more than 90% of attendees stated that the courses met their expectations while 87% evaluated the scientific content as excellent and useful to everyday clinical practice.

Below is a brief description of the two main courses and their updates:

IOF Course on Children’s Bone Health

During 2014, the 13th edition of this popular course was held in Guadalajara city (México). This objective of the course (which was first launced in 2008) is to increase awareness and knowledge of children's bone health. The high demand for the course reflects the regional interest in promoting pediatric bone health, an important component of early osteoporosis prevention. The course provides expert information for healthcare professionals, covering topics such as vitamin D in the pediatric population, how to measure bone mass in children, and the causes, diagnosis and clinical management of osteoporosis in children.

IOF Updates on Children’s Bone Health

These condensed ‘update’ symposia were launched in 2014 and held for the first time in Lima and México D.F. The Update is targeted to pediatric specialists and aims to upgrade skills and keep these specialists up-to-date with the latest developments in the field. The three-hour sessions include a dynamic lecture, followed by two simultaneous Meet-the-Expert sessions, allowing the audience to rotate between sessions.

Upcoming updates will be held in June 2015.

IOF Advanced Training Course on Osteoporosis

The course has been held 11 times throughout Latin America since 2006. Led by leading international and regional experts, the course offers a concise update of the latest knowledge in osteoporosis, including prevention, diagnosis and new advances in therapy. It includes 22 sessions with different dynamics: lectures, case discussions and roundtables in a four half-days or two days in full time. The programme is revised annually to reflect current topics in the field of bone health.

The next Curso IOF de Capacitación Avanzada en Osteoporosis will be held in Bogotá, Colombia, March 19 - 20, 2015, co-organized with CNS full member ACOMM.

IOF Tour: Updates on Osteoporosis Latin America

This international seminar complements the key learnings of the IOF Advanced Training Course on Osteoporosis. Launched in November 2014 in Buenos Aires, the IOF Tour focuses on hot topics in the field and latest treatment challenges in clinical practice. Led by international and regional experts, the dynamics of the seminar allows for debate and interactive discussion with the experts. The programme aims to provide a continuous up-to-date medical programme on state-of-the-art clinical practices to approach pre- and post-menopausal osteoporosis.

The next IOF Tour will be held in January 2015.

To find out more about IOF Latin America and IOF member societies in the region visit the IOF Latin America regional website.