Visit the Argentina booth: 2006’s Guest Nation

Be sure to welcome Argentina, the 2006 AAOS Guest Nation, to the Annual Meeting by stopping by the prominent “Guest Nation” exhibit as you enter Hall B, and picking up some information about the country and its orthopedic society, Asociación Argentina de Ortopedia y Traumatología (AAOT).

The AAOS Guest Nation program was established in 2005 to recognize the research contributions and achievements of orthopaedic surgeons from other countries.

As the 2006 Guest Nation, Argentina will be recognized at this afternoon’s opening ceremony, and will also be honored with a reception, poster presentations and other special events and activities focused on Argentina and the issues facing Argentinean orthopaedic surgeons.

“The AAOS has enjoyed a long, productive relationship with our Argentine counterparts,” said Miguel E. Cabanela, MD, chair of the AAOS International Committee.

Since 1987, AAOT has hosted several AAOS courses and has frequently featured AAOS members at its meetings.

This long-standing relationship led AAOS leadership to agree that the 42nd AAOT Annual Congress in Buenos Aires, Argentina, was the ideal occasion for the first AAOS joint annual meeting to be held overseas. The meeting broke AAOS records for the largest contingent of orthopaedic faculty outside the United States (20) and the highest number of international affiliate membership applications ever received at one meeting (100). AAOT has more than 3,200 members, approximately 180 of whom now hold international affiliate membership in the AAOS.

The Academy’s excellent working relationship with the AAOT, and the association’s innovative proposal for a combined meeting, convinced AAOS leadership to honor Argentina as the Guest Nation for the 2006 Annual Meeting.

About Argentina

With nearly 40 million people, Argentina is the second-largest country in South America, and the eighth largest country in the world by land mass. More than one-third of its population lives in or around Buenos Aires; 90 percent of the people live in urban areas.

Argentina’s people enjoy levels of per capita income, urbanization, literacy, and social welfare that rank among the highest in Latin America. The country has an extensive system of hospitals and clinics operated by national, provincial and local authorities as well as by private organizations. There are approximately 6,000 orthopaedists in Argentina.

The cost of medical care is covered by a comprehensive array of occupational insurance plans. Labor unions provide health insurance to their members, while other people receive medical care from free hospital clinics. Medical standards are relatively high in the major cities, and efforts are constantly being made to improve medical facilities in rural areas. The government has privatized many health-care facilities since 1990, and is generally withdrawing from providing major social welfare services.

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