The Amsterdam Foot & Ankle Course was founded in 2000 by Dutch orthopedic surgeon prof. C. Niek van Dijk. Niek van Dijk is the founder of the Amsterdam Foot and Ankle School which places particular emphasis upon a painstaking diagnosis, followed by artroscopy as a surgical resource rather than a mere diagnostic tool. Since then professionals from all over the world have participated. The annual courses focus on Minimal Invasive Surgery of the Hindfoot and Ankle, featuring Cadaver Lab Sessions, Lectures, Interactive Computer Courses, Live Surgery, a Live Clinical Demonstration, an Ankle Brace Workshop and a Fireside Quiz. Lectures are interactive and supported by a Wireless Voting System for live feedback. The Hands-on Sessions in the Cadaver Lab present the latest techniques in Minimal Invasive Foot and Ankle Surgery and a national and international faculty is present. The course has a limited number of participants, allowing each participant ample opportunity to practice during the Cadaver Lab sessions and to interact with the faculty.
Since 2015, apart from the annual regular course, there is an Advanced course, which focusses on advanced techniques in ankle arthroscopy.
The Amsterdam Foot & Ankle Course is approved by the Dutch Orthopaedic Association with 14 accreditation points. And the Advanced Foot & Ankle Course with 12 points.
The 16th Amsterdam Foot and Ankle Course and 2nd advanced Foot and Ankle Course are granted 12 European CME credits (ECMEC) by the European Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (EACCME)
The International Society for Arthroscopy, Knee surgery, and Orthopaedic Sports medicine (ISAKOS) and the European Society of Sports traumatology Knee Surgery and Arthroscopy (ESSKA) provided patronage for the 15th Amsterdam Foot & Ankle Course 2015.
"Very balanced course, interesting interactive lectures, useful life surgery and instructive hands-on cadaver time. Even the social program is really good. Thanks for everything professor van Dijk!"
"Great course! Professor van Dijk is an excellent teacher and a good man. Keep on going!"
"Learning to do a good arthroscopy from the man himself. His tips and tricks makes me a better surgeon in only two days. I thoroughly enjoyed it!"
"A few years ago I went to the beginner course which was very wonderful and I learned a lot. During the advanced course we had more cadaver time to practice difficult procedures with very helpful course instructions from professor van Dijk!"
"It was really an honor to participate in the first advanced foot and ankle course. Great course and great faculty!"
"I did my first FHL-transfer!!! Wow what a course!"
"It's great to watch your surgeries, I had the oppurtunity to watch u perform an arthroscopic ankle arthrodesis. I must say I was mesmerized and inspired by it. I congratulate and thank you for your excellent work and videos. Also i must add, u operate with the finesse' of an artist!"
Ajay S Thakur
“I was very impressed by the course, but also by the whole team that put it together. Nothing seemed too much trouble, everyone seemed to help all the time, you have a wonderful team and the effect of this were obvious.”
Dr. Paul Cooke
“What a wonderful course you have created! I shall pass all the hundreds of large and small tips you gave on to the fellows and residents.”
Dr. James DeOrio
"The course was very good and I was humbled at what I don't know about the ankle"
"A pleasure to take part in this excellent course"
"It was a fantastic course, I love van Dijk, I love his team, I love Amsterdam"
"Thanks to professor van Dijk for the excellent course. This is probably one of the best courses I have been on for a long time"
"I think this course was perfect, I'm a true arthroscopist now!"
"Very clear presentations with fantastic images and diagrams, spoken in very good English!"
"Fantastic course, a lot of hands on cadaver time"
"Very good organisation and lovely atmosphere"
"Thanks for a great course"
"Excellent food & care! Thanks"
"Some people live in a dream world, others face reality. You guys put the one into the other..."
Faculty member 2013