Hand & Wrist (WECAN)

COA 2022 Annual Meeting

The COA Annual Meeting is the Association’s premiere event offering educational and networking opportunities in one of Canada’s finest cities. Mark your calendars for the upcoming in-person 2022 COA, CORS, and CORA Annual Meeting. This year’s event will be held in Québec city at the Convention Center from June 8-11th. Registration opens soon!

Preliminary Hand & Wrist Program

Subspecialty Day – Saturday, June 11

  • 08:00-09:30 Symposium: Malunion of the Distal Radius – Identifying the Problem, Making a Treatment Plan
  • 09:45-11:15 Symposium: Stiffness in the Upper Extremity after Trauma or Surgery: How to Stay out of Trouble and What to do When it Happens Anyways
  • 11:30-12:30 Paper Session: Hand and Wrist
  • 12:30-13:30 Lunch
  • 13:30-15:00 Symposium: An Update on Carpal Instability Patterns from Diagnosis to Treatment
  • 15:15-16:45 WECAN Annual Business Meeting

Past Events

The 2021 COA Annual Meeting was held virtually from June 15-19, 2021. The conference was delivered over 4 evenings  and 1 day of online education, including subspecialty programming, CORA and CORS sessions, presentation and networking opportunities. The hand and wrist programming included 1 paper session and 1 symposium. The most popular session was the COA Symposium: Hand and Wrist – Technical Tips for the Tough Distal Radius Fracture. You can consult their complete program below:

COA Paper Session: Hand and Wrist

Friday, June 18 | 7:15 PM – 8:15 PM ET

Session Chairs:
Armin Badre, Western Upper Limb Facility
Andrea Chan, University Health Network/Toronto Western Hospital
Ruby Grewal, Hand and Upper Limb Centre

COA Symposium: Hand and Wrist – Technical Tips for the Tough Distal Radius Fracture

Friday, June 18 | 8:30 PM – 9:30 PM ET

Good outcomes can be expected for open reduction and fixation of simple extra articular and undisplaced intra-articular distal radius fracture using many treatment techniques. Failure of fixation still occurs with challenging subsets of distal radius fracture. The volar and dorsal fracture dislocation of the wrist may be challenging to fix because of comminution and difficulty with fixation of small fragments. Fixation of the ’smashed ‘ distal radius can be frustrating and unsatisfying.

This symposium aims to improve surgeon confidence with exposure and fixation of these unique fractures, with case based description of tips and tricks and bail out solutions to gain confidence and improved outcomes.

Session Chairs:
Thomas Goetz


  1. Tips for Improved Access for Volar Plating
    Thomas Joseph Goetz
  2. Tips and Pearls for the Volar Lip Fracture Dislocation
    Matthew Furey
  3. Tips and Pearls for the Comminuted Dorsal Bartons with Instability
    Gurpreet Dhaliwal
  4. Tips and Sequence for Reconstruction of the Smashed Distal Radius Fractures
    Nina Suh

The WECAN meeting took place in conjunction with the COA Annual Meeting on June 19-20, 2020 virtually. You can review the hand and wrist programming delivered by WECAN below:

  1. COA Paper Session: Hand and Wrist 1
    Moderator: Andrea Chan
  2. COA Paper Session: Hand and Wrist 2
    Moderator: Armin Badre
  3. Hand and Wrist Open Case Discussion
    Moderator: Thomas GoetzObjective: To share ideas, tips, and tricks on complex hand and wrist problems.Presentations:
    – Elbow case by Armin Badre
    – Wrist Arthritis case by Braden Gammon
    – Carpal Injury case by Neil White
    – Distal Radius Fracture case by Ruby Grewal

For full program details, please visit