Orthopedic Residency Training in Germany: An Endangered Species?

Orthopedics (Impact Factor: 0.96). 09/2008; 31(8):742-3. DOI: 10.3928/01477447-20080801-32
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    ABSTRACT: The inflammatory response after severe blunt chest trauma often leads to acute lung injury and acute respiratory distress syndrome which are associated with high mortality rates. Whereas the role of innate immunity in acute lung injury has been broadly investigated, the immune response after blunt chest trauma is still poorly understood. Therefore, the role of complement and neutrophils was determined in bilateral lung injury induced by a single blast wave. The following time-points were investigated posttraumatically: sham, 1, 6, 12, and 24 h. There was a time-dependent systemic activation of complement as determined by CH-50 and presence of C5a-dependent chemotactic plasma activity. Moreover, factor H, a complement regulatory protein, was increased systemically and locally after injury. Anti-C5a treatment immediately after trauma ameliorated these peaks. After an initial systemic leukopenic phase, a marked leukocytosis occurred. The latter was normalized by C5a blockade. In parallel, white blood cell count in bronchioalveolar lavage fluids was increased as a function of time and was significantly decreased by anti-C5a treatment. Trauma-induced lung injury was also associated with dramatic changes in neutrophil function, namely early enhanced chemotaxis and phagocytosis, followed by prolonged functional defects, all of which were ameliorated by anti-C5a treatment. Furthermore, blockade of C5a ameliorated the buildup of the proinflammatory cytokine TNF-alpha, diminished the increase of cytokine-induced neutrophil chemoattractant 1, and altered the levels of the anti-inflammatory cytokine IL-10. These data suggest that blunt chest trauma leads to systemic activation of complement and robust C5a generation, which causes perturbations in defensive functions of neutrophils. Thus, C5a might represent a potential target for therapeutic immunomodulation to prevent immune dysfunctions post-trauma and thereby, perhaps, the progression to acute respiratory distress syndrome.
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    ABSTRACT: A well structured and executed and practical residency program is important to secure a sufficient number of well trained orthopedic surgeons in the future. Some of the residents, however, see substantial shortcomings here. Additionally, orthopedic residency programs struggle to be a valid alternative for graduated medical students when comparing them to residency programs in other medical specialities or alternative job options. In improving the current situation program directors as well as residents must play a key role. A rapid improvement of structural shortcomings of German residency programs does not only provide an advantage in recruiting new residents now, but may also help to maintain the high quality in orthopedic health care in the future.
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