The faculty for the AAOS-AAOT Spanish-language course included (left to right) Drs. Enrique Pereira, Julian Romagnoli, Bartolomé L. Allende, Martín Buttaro, Jorge Boretto, Miguel Cabanela, Matías Petracchi, and Maximiliano Ranalletta.
Courtesy of AAOT


Published 2/1/2015
Amanda Decker

Unique Collaboration Results in Spanish-Language Course

AAOS partners with AAOT on intensive review course

In 2014, the AAOS partnered with the Argentine Association of Orthopaedics and Traumatology (AAOT) to provide a unique review course opportunity to Latin American surgeons. More than 165 surgeons attended the First Intensive Course of Orthopaedics and Traumatology: Fundamental Concepts, held Dec. 7–10, in Buenos Aires.

This course is an outgrowth of the Academy’s Colleague-to-Colleague (C2C) program, which uses a train-the-trainers approach to create a self-sustaining education program. In particular, the wealth of talent among young leaders internationally and the need for an intensive review course in Latin America were key factors in developing this course, the first to be conducted entirely in Spanish.

“The AAOT is deeply honored by the opportunity to work with the AAOS on this course,” said Martin Buttaro, MD, course director. “The goal of this Intensive Course was to review all the fundamental aspects of orthopaedics in three and a half days.”

Unique Spanish-language offering
The Intensive Course provided a comprehensive review of all anatomic areas to resident and practicing surgeons alike, and was unique for the Academy in that it was delivered entirely in Spanish and not translated. The faculty included Argentine AAOS International Affiliate members who were carefully selected by the AAOS. Approximately half received training in Chicago at the U.S. Board Preparation and Review Course under the auspices of the C2C program; the others were trained locally.

The collaboration among the faculty was an important factor in the success of the program. “Under Dr. Buttaro’s direction, the faculty were able to deliver an impeccable evidence-based course with slight differences from the U.S. Board Review Course.” said Course Coordinator Sergio A. Mendoza-Lattes, MD.

“Local faculty who had been trained by AAOS made outstanding contributions to the course,” said Dr. Buttaro, “by summarizing the fundamental aspects and emphasizing concepts necessary for everyday decision making. The addition of AAOS faculty such as Dr. Mendoza-Lattes, Miguel E. Cabanela, MD; and A. Jay Khanna, MD, provided a unique opportunity for the audience to connect with leading surgeons.”

Other faculty members included Gastón Slullitel, MD; Juan Yañez Arauz, MD; Andrés Silberman, MD; Roger Torga Spak, MD; Miguel Puigdevall, MD; Fernando Miscione, MD; Matías Petracchi, MD; Julián Romagnoli, MD; Maximiliano Ranalletta, MD; Tomás Vilaseca, MD; Bartolomé Luis Allende, MD; Germán Farfalli, MD; Marcos Galli Serra, MD; Jorge Boretto, MD, and Enrique Pereira, MD.

More than half of the participants came from countries other than Argentina, including Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, Mexico, Paraguay, Peru, Spain, the United States, Uruguay, and Venezuela.

“It was quite an impressive crowd, spanning from many countries on the South American continent, as well as Mexico and Spain,” said Dr. Mendoza-Lattes. “Although the course was long, attendees’ interest was high. They continued to ask challenging questions throughout the day.”

Numerous benefits
In addition to the live course, participants received exclusive access to the prepublication version of the Spanish-language Comprehensive Orthopaedic Review 2: Edición en español (available in March 2015). Further, they are eligible to take an online, 100-question Spanish-language exam to measure their learning.

Looking to the future
Drs. Buttaro and Mendoza-Lattes both commented on the great potential for this course in other Spanish-speaking countries. “During social hours, many attendees asked why the AAOS had not presented this course format before. They saw the great value of conducting this course in their native language and they want to see it repeated.”

The next Intensive Course will be held in Buenos Aires, June 24–27, 2015. More information can be found at

Amanda Decker is manager, international programs, for the AAOS. She can be reached at

Did you know?
Orthopaedists from Spanish-speaking Latin America make up more than 10 percent of the AAOS International Affiliate Membership.