Bogotá, the capitol of Colombia, is located amid the Andes Mountains.
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Published 1/1/2016
Jennie McKee

AAOS Bids Colombia "¡Bienvenidos!"

Latin American country selected as 2016 Guest Nation
The Academy will honor Colombia as the Guest Nation at the 2016 AAOS Annual Meeting, March 1–5, in Orlando, Fla., at the Orange County Convention Center.

The orthopaedists of the Republic of Colombia, as it is officially known, are represented by the Sociedad Colombiana de Cirugía Ortopédica y Traumatología (SCCOT). Founded in 1946, SCCOT contributes to the responsible development of the medical specialty and the ethical application of medical practice in Colombia. SCCOT also works to ensure unity and the personal and professional welfare of its members.

Meeting challenges and working with AAOS
Access to health care in Colombia, including in its three largest cities—Bogotá, Medellín, and Cali—is considerable. In this country of approximately 48 million people, Colombian orthopaedists face a number of challenges, including serving this large population with a limited number of orthopaedists (2,000 for the entire nation).

Road accidents are a major cause of trauma requiring orthopaedic care. As in the United States, problems such as diabetes and heart disease are significant factors that can affect outcomes of orthopaedic care.

In total, 1,500 of the country's 2,000 orthopaedists are SCCOT members, and 136 Colombian orthopaedists are international affiliate members of the AAOS. The Colombian orthopaedic society's two publications, including a scientific journal, help educate its members on trends in the latest orthopaedic research and surgical techniques. SCCOT's courses on topics such as reconstructive spine surgery and shoulder and elbow surgical techniques attract orthopaedists from countries throughout Latin America, including Peru, Ecuador, Costa Rica, and Venezuela.

For almost a decade, SCCOT and the AAOS have worked together on a variety of educational opportunities. In 2007, the two organizations held their first program in Cartagena, Colombia. The 3-day program, led by AAOS program course director Douglas E. Padgett, MD, and SCCOT course director Adolfo Llinás, MD, was attended by 245 orthopaedic surgeons and residents. The didactic portion of the program included 19 lectures on hip and knee arthroplasty, with topics ranging from the role of arthroscopy to patellofemoral replacement, implant options, and revision total hip replacement.

The program scored high marks among participants. Nearly all stated that the AAOS program was relevant and applicable to their practices, met their learning objectives, and provided them with new knowledge that would benefit their patients and practices.

In addition, nearly two thirds reported participating in one or more previous AAOS events and 97 percent indicated they would attend another AAOS/SCCOT program in the future.

Since then, SCCOT and the AAOS have collaborated on three international courses in Cartagena. Courses have covered the gamut of orthopaedic specialties—shoulder, hip, knee, foot and ankle, and trauma. The two organizations also partnered on a webinar on sports medicine and pediatrics.

The Academy's most recent program with SCCOT was held May 20–23, 2015, in Cartagena, Colombia. In total, 160 participants took part in the 2-day hand program, which featured lectures as well as case discussions. In addition, a pre-program session for residents was held. Residents also presented three cases for discussion by AAOS faculty members, who included Lana Kang, MD, Jesse Jupiter, MD, and Dean Sotereanos, MD. SCCOT faculty members included Elkin Lozano, MD, and Luis Felipe Naquira, MD.

Don't miss SCCOT at the Annual Meeting
SCCOT will participate in the following special events and activities during the AAOS Annual Meeting:

  • Opening ceremony (Wednesday, March 2, 4:00 p.m.–5:30 p.m.)—Colombia will receive special recognition as the Guest Nation and Antonio Solano, MD, SCCOT president, will speak.
  • Guest Nation Posters—Ten scientific posters by Colombian orthopaedists will be on display in Academy Hall C throughout the meeting. Special poster tours in Spanish will also be available.
  • Guest Nation Exhibit—Representatives from SCCOT will be available to speak with attendees throughout the Annual Meeting at the Guest Nation exhibit, located in Academy Hall C. 
  • Symposium L, "Gunshot and Explosive Wounds" (Wednesday, March 2, 10:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m.)—This collaborative SCCOT/AAOS symposium will be co-moderated by James R. Ficke, MD, and Camilo Restrepo, MD. Carlo Bellabarba, MD, Oscar Calderon, MD, Xavier A. Duralde, MD, Rami Mosheiff, MD; and Marcus F. Sciadini, MD, will also participate. During the symposium, experts will discuss the impact of high-, intermediate-, and low-velocity gunshot and other violent wounds, as well as how to evaluate these patients and provide appropriate care and physical rehabilitation.

You can also check the Daily Edition, AAOS Now, during the meeting for special articles prepared by SCCOT members.

About the Guest Nation program
The Guest Nation Program was inaugurated in 2005 to foster greater recognition and awareness of the contributions made to the practice of orthopaedics by orthopaedic surgeons from around the globe and to enhance the robust international flavor and excitement of the AAOS Annual Meeting. Previous Guest Nation honorees have included Argentina, Brazil, China, Spain, Thailand, Mexico, Japan, Canada, Turkey, and France.

Jennie McKee is a senior science writer for AAOS Now. She can be reached at

SCCOT national meeting
SCCOT will hold its national meeting—the society's equivalent of the Academy's Annual Meeting—April 27–30, 2016, in Medellín, Colombia. For more information about the national meeting—or about SCCOT in general—visit SCCOT's Spanish-language website at