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10th Post Graduate Course in Rehabilitation Medicine

From February 02, 2024 18:15 until February 04, 2024 12:00
Posted by Luigia Baerecke
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This year, the 10th Post Graduate Course Rehabilitation Medicine will take place from February 2, 2024 to February 4, 2024. This conference will be organized by the Curaçao Rehabilitation Center Foundation (SRC), University Medical Center Groningen (UMCG) in close collaboration with the Dutch-Caribbean Foundation for Clinical Higher Education (NASKHO).

Various themes will be discussed during the conference. The focus is mainly based on topics relating to syndromes that are often seen at the rehabilitation center as well as in the primary care setting in Curaçao. Patients with a stroke as well as patients with a lower extremity amputation due to vascular disorders, form the two largest diagnostic groups that are seen and treated and for that reason, it has once again been decided to pay attention to this. New insights into the rehabilitation of stroke as well as the epidemiology of stroke in Curaçao and various topics regarding rehabilitation after a lower extremity amputation will be discussed.

During this conference, the various pain syndromes will also be presented in detail. Aspects of various neurological disorders such as disorders of the spinal cord (spinal cord injury and cervical canal stenosis) and Guillain Barré will also be considered. Also, the possibility of driving after a brain injury will be one of our topics.

Various aspects of spasticity and joint disorders will also be examined. Joint complaints such as osteoarthritis of the hand, hip, and knee are a common problem seen in primary care. We will amply talk about the diagnosis and treatment of osteoarthritis. The different options for treating spasticity which is a common phenomenon due to various neurological disorders with negative consequences for the patient will be explained.

Finally, an extensive overview will be given of the medical conditions that are or are not covered in the rehabilitation setting.

Both local and Dutch speakers have promised their cooperation at this conference. The conference is intended for specialists, general practitioners, medical students and residents, para/perimedical therapists, and other healthcare providers who are closely involved in the treatment of the above-mentioned conditions.                                                   

Friday, February 2nd, 2024 - Session 1


From  Subject Speaker
  Topic: Pain
Chair: Juan Martina
18:15 – 19:00 Registration  
19:00 - 19:10 Word of welcome  
19:10 – 19:15

Official opening

19:15 – 19:35 Chronic Low Back Pain

Milton Pelgrim

19:35 – 19:55 Neuropathic Pain Luis Loaiza
19:55 – 20:15 Phantom Pain Jan Geertzen
20:30 – 21:00 Break  
  Topic: Pain
Chair: Jan Geertzen
21:00 – 21:20 Pain and Mobility Impairment in the elderly due to muscle tone dysregulation Henk-Jan Prins
21:20 – 21:40 10th Congress & 35 Years Rehabilitation Medicine in Curacao Ayal Zahavi/Juan D Martina
21:40 – 22:00 Discussion  
22:00 Closure  

Saturday, February 3rd, 2024 - Session 2


From - To Subject Speaker
09:00 – 10:00 Registration


  Topic: Neurorehabilitation
Chair: Ayal Zahavi
10:00 - 10:20 Added value of prehabilitation before surgery of cervical stenosis with myelopathy Juan D Martina
10:20 - 10:40 How to recognize spasticity and therapy Marga Tepper
10:40 - 11:00 How long is therapy necessary after a stroke Henk Meulenbelt
11:00 - 11:15 Discussion  
11:15 – 11:45 Break  
  Topic: Miscellaneous
Chair: Juan Martina
11:45 – 12:05 Epidemiology of Stroke in Curacao: What we Know and don’t know and why it matters.  Izzy Gerstenbluth
12:05 – 12:25 Car driving after Brain Injury Andreina Martina/Rosetta Salazar
12:25 – 12:45 Discussion  
12:45 – 14:30 Lunch (lunch on own account)  

Saturday, February 3rd, 2024 - Session 3


From - To Subject Speaker
14:00 – 14:30 Registration  
  Topic: Topics in neurorehabilitation
Chair: Jan Geertzen
14:30 – 14:50 Transcranial magnet stimulation and shockwave therapy for spasticity  Henk Meulenbelt
14:50 – 15:10 Let’s walk after spinal cord injury: reality for all or keep dreaming? Marga Tepper
15:10 – 15:30 Guillain Barre Anke Vennegoor
15:30 – 15:45 Discussion  
15:45 – 16:15 Break  
  Topic: Artrosis
Chair: Juan Martina
16:15 – 16:35 Artrosis of the big joints Rienk Dekker
16:35 – 16:55 Artrosis of the hand/foot John van Loenen
16:55 – 17:15 Orthotics Peter Slijkhuis
17:15 – 17:30 Discussion  
17:30 Closure

Sunday, February 4th, 2024 - Session 4


From - To Subject Speaker
09:00 – 10:00


  Topic: Amputation
Chair: Jan Geertzen
10:00 – 10:15 The Diabetic Foot

John van Loenen

10:15 – 10:30 To amputate or not to amputate, that is the question Jan Geertzen
10:30 – 10:50 Nutrition and amputation Rienk Dekker
10:50 – 11:15 Could a patient with an amputation and a stroke walk again? Juan D Martina
11:15 – 11:45 Break  
  Topic: Rehabilitation
Chair: Ayal Zahavi
11:45 – 12:05 What is not rehabilitation? Jan Geertzen
12:05 – 12:45 What can Rehabilitation Medicine mean for the 1st line: GPs, Physiotherapy, etc Ayal Zahavi/Milton Pelgrim
12:25 –12:45 Discussion  
12:45 Closure  


Registration fee $ 300 Full Conference (Medical Doctors / General Practitioner / Others)
Registration fee $ 150 Full Conference (Nurses & Paramedics)


CAN # A24.003
February 2 Session - 2 points
February 3 Morning Session - 2 points
February 3 Afternoon Session - 3 points
February 4 Morning Session - 3 points

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