Basic Fracture Course


May 13-14, 2024

Max Participants



Rotterdam, The Netherlands


Course Introduction

Hand and wrist fractures, are the most common fractures of the body. And are therefore often presented in the emergency department. Proper management at initial evaluation of hand fracture injuries can prevent a significant amount of morbidity and disability. Every hand surgeon should have a comprehensive knowledge of hand fracture management. Esser Basic Fracture Course is designed to improve hand and wrist fracture management for hand surgery residents (Plastic, Orthopedic and Trauma Surgeons). The practical sessions will be performed on fresh frozen cadavers with two participants per extremity. The Esser Basic Fracture will be organized every year.

The program

The Fractures course is a two day course please have a look at the schedule

08:00 Registration
08:15 Welcome
08:20 Relevant hand anatomy
08:40 Principles of fixation methods
09:00 Phalangeal fractures
09:20 Metacarpal fractures
09:40 Coffee break
10:00 Skillslab Phalangeal fractures
Skillslab Metacarpal fractures
12:15 Lunch
13:00 PIP fracture dislocations
13:20 Midphalangeal fractures
13:40 Rolando/Bennett fracture
13:50 CMC 5 fracture dislocation
14:00 Handtherapy
14:15 Coffee break
14:45 Skillslab PIP fracture dislocations
Skillslab Midphalangeal fractures
Skillslab Rolando/Bennet fractures
17:00 Drinks
18:00 Esser Masterclass diner
08:30 Scaphoid fractures
08:50 Distal radius fractures
09:00 Perilunate dislocations
09:20 Additional ligamentous injuries (TFCC/ SL )
09:40 Coffee break
10:00 Skillslab Scaphoid fractures
Skillslab Distal radius fractures
Skillslab TFCC reinsertions
12:30 Lunch
13:10 SL ligament injury
13:30 Carpalia fractures (other than scaphoid)
13:50 Case discussion
14:00 Coffee break
14:30 Skillslab Carpalia fractures
Skillslab SL reconstruction
17:00 Drinks


The Esser Masterclass instructors and faculty are dedicated and certified hand surgeons. This means that the Esser Masterclass is focused on providing a tailored made and hands on international education by experts in the field across the globe. The Esser Masterclass is endorsed by the Internatiolnal Federation of Societies for Surgery of the Hand (IFSSH) and the International Confederation of Plastic Surgery Societies (ICOPLAST).

All Esser Masterclass Courses will be submitted to the UEMS  EACCME® for CME credits. If approved the UEMS logo will be depicted at the top of the course page.  



Esser Masterclass is dedicated hand surgery training, a must for every hand surgeon

A. Satir, Plastic Surgeon, Germany

J.L.B. Vanhaecke, Hand Surgeon, Belgium


One of the best courses I have attended

A.C. van Leeuwen MD, Plastic Surgeon, Netherlands


Please check for the FAIR-TRAED reduced registration rate

*Tickets are non refundable, exchange tickets to participants on the waiting list is possible.

Regular Ticket

€1250 (Limited)


Rotterdam, city on the Maas, is considered the most modern city of the Netherlands. Atypical in its own country, internationally renowned for its passion for innovation and its unpolished charms. Whether it is its ever-changing skyline full of audacious architecture, its port that is regarded as the smartest in the world, or the “can do” mentality of its residents. Rotterdam is a town with a pronounced character, energetic and always dynamic. Esser Masterclass and Rotterdam Partners make it possible for their participants to experience the city of Rotterdam at it’s full most.

Rotterdam Information
SkillsLab Erasmus MC Room
Ee-120 Wytemaweg 80
3015 CN Rotterdam,
The Netherlands
Tel: +31 65 23 43 640


Esser Masterclass introduced a new education principle: FAIR-TRAED (Fair Transparent Education). FAIR-TRAED means that the registration fees are directly invested in the Esser Masterclass educational materials to advance hand surgery trainings. The organisation and the faculty have a passion for hand surgery and support FAIR-TRAED which means that they do not receive any financial compensation. This enables Esser Masterclass to keep the registration fees at a minimum. Our mission is making high-quality handsurgery education accessible for every handsurgeon around the globe and our motto is training form handsurgeons to handsurgeons.

Special Thanks to

Ella Nitters MSc, MA

“As a medical illustrator I am proud to be part of the Esser Masterclass. It’s my passion to draw the human anatomy and within Esser Masterclass I get the opportunity to explore this with devoted hand surgeons.”