AAOS Bulletin - April, 2005

AAOS/AAOT announce first combined meeting

For the first time ever, the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons is lending its name to the annual meeting of another national orthopaedic association. This first combined meeting of the AAOS and the Argentine Association of Orthopaedics and Traumatology (AAOT) will be held in conjunction with the AAOT’s 42nd Annual Meeting, Dec. 5-8, 2005, in Buenos Aires, Argentina.

“Over the last decade, the Academy has enjoyed a long-standing, productive relationship with our Argentine counterparts,” said Miguel E. Cabanela, MD, chair of the AAOS International Committee. “We were very excited when they approached us with a concrete proposal for a joint meeting.”

The proposal for the combined meeting was reviewed by both the Council on Education and the AAOS Board of Directors. It provided an opportunity for the Academy to establish specific criteria for similar future events.

“The terms and conditions of participation that were established are designed to uphold the Academy’s quality educational standards and principles,” said Lynne Dowling, director of the international department. “We anticipate that the sponsorship of the AAOS will not only attract increased attendance to the meeting but also raise industry interest in supporting the educational activities taking place. Both of these factors will benefit our cooperative education programs.”

The Academy has previously participated in four joint education programs with the AAOT. This first combined meeting will include an instructional course lecture focusing on “The Knee: Reconstruction (Traumatic, Degenerative and Tumors),” as well as eight symposia with faculty from both the AAOS and the AAOT. The AAOS program chairman, Pietro M. Tonino, MD, has assembled a stellar faculty team of 19 cutting-edge researchers and surgeons, who will be joined by distinguished Argentinean presenters.

AAOS members are encouraged to submit their abstracts for consideration as podium or poster presentations. Abstracts may be submitted in the following categories: complications of hip and knee arthroplasty; elbow; spine; shoulder; management of severe bone loss in orthopaedics; hand; revision total hip arthroplasty, and new approaches to common fractures. For more information on the meeting and instructions on submitting an abstract, e-mail aaos-international@aaos.org

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