Guest Nation China, AAOS Share “Growing Friendship”

Amanda Decker

At the 2015 AAOS Annual Meeting in Las Vegas, China will be honored as the Guest Nation. The People’s Republic of China, as it is officially known, is the world’s most populous country, with more than 1.3 billion people. Similarly, the Chinese Orthopaedic Association (COA), is the world’s largest orthopaedic association, with more than 30,000 members. But that figure is dwarfed by the total number of orthopaedic surgeons in China—130,000.

The COA is one of the specialty societies under Chinese Medical Association, and was established in 1980. Today, it is the largest orthopaedic society in China, with more than 10 subspecialty societies, including Joint Surgery, Orthopaedic Research, Spine Surgery, Shoulder and Elbow Surgery, Bone Tumor, Arthroscopy, Foot and Ankle Surgery, Osteoporosis, Trauma, Minimally Invasive Surgery, and Nursing.

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