Basic Fractures Course


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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 Fractures will be organized every year.

The program

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

08:00 Registration
08:15 Opening
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 session:
Phalangeal fractures
Metacarpal fractures
12:15 Lunch
13:00 PIP fracture dislocations
13:20 Post finger fracture stiffness
13:40 Rolando/Bennett fracture
13:50 CMC-5 fracture dislocation
14:00 Case discussion
14:15 Coffee break
14:45 Skillslab session:
PIP fracture dislocations
Midphalangeal fractures
Rolando/Bennet fractures
DEMO: Shotgun approach
DEMO: Wagner approach
17:00 Drinks
18:00 Esser Masterclass diner @ Morgan & Mees
08:45 Wrist anatomy
09:00 Scaphoid fractures
09:15 Distal radius fractures
09:30 Perilunate dislocations (including SL)
09:45 TFCC injuries
10:00 Coffee break
10:15 Skillslab session:
Scaphoid fractures
Distal radius fractures
TFCC reinsertion
DEMO: scaphoid fracture 
12:45 Lunch
13:15 Distal ulna fractures, fix it or leave it?
13:35 Complications in distal radius fractures
13:55 Case discussion
14:15 Coffee break
14:45 Skillslab session:
Carpal fractures
SL reconstruction
17:00 Closing remarks
17:15 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 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


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


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.”