Dear colleagues and friends,

Prof. Markus Scheibel

Berlin International Shoulder Course (BISC) from January 7 to 9 posed a very special opening to the congress year of 2021. Due to the coronavirus pandemic, the congress had to be transformed from a fully planned on-site meeting into a virtual event. During these special times we are proud and grateful, that this first international event of the year was able to connect 1301 registered participants from 82 different countries through the field of shoulder surgery. Despite the challenge of converting the congress into an online format, a multifaceted program with diverse event formats and an outstanding international faculty awaited the participants.

“Reconstructive surgery- where do we stand” constituted the theme of this meeting, reflecting on what has really been achieved during the last decades of shoulder surgery employing new technologies, sophisticated implants, and so-called “modern surgical techniques”. What are the true milestones of arthroscopic and open reconstructive procedures around the shoulder joint including rotator cuff repair, instability surgery, acromioclavicular-joint reconstruction, etc.? These questions were explored in form of 167 scientific lectures, 20 surgical technique videos, 17 interactive mini battles, 14 lunch and brunch workshops and 6 live respectively re-live surgeries. Furthermore, the management of complications comprising diagnostic and therapeutic options including salvage procedures constituted a key topic of the meeting.

The congress was introduced with a kick-off symposium of the shoulder pacemaker on wednesday evening. The following three congress days focused on shoulder instability, rotator cuff pathologies and miscellaneous topics including AC-joint instability, cartilage lesions, nerve lesions, scapulothoracic disorders and biceps tendon pathologies. Lectures of the two invited guest speakers marked a special highlight of this congress. Eiji Itoi from Japan portrayed the milestones in the management of anterior shoulder instability. Jae Chul Yoo from South Korea enlightened on the subscapularis as revival of a forgotten musculotendinous unit.

We look back on a different, yet very successful scientific meeting. We kindly thank the speakers, participating companies and international scientific societies for their tremendous support, making this international event possible. We are very much looking forward to next year and would kindly like to invite you to Berlin International Shoulder Course from 20 to 23 April 2022.

Prof. Markus Scheibel and BISC Team