Carolina Pisanti, MD, of Venezuela, responds to a question at a Spanish-language session on rotator cuff tears at the AAOS 2023 Annual Meeting in Las Vegas. The 2024 meeting in San Francisco will again feature a slate of educational programming in Spanish.


Published 12/20/2023
Terry Stanton

AAOS 2024 en Español: New Spanish-language Sessions Added to Annual Meeting Lineup

Sessions will be offered as symposia and will be included with registration for attendees

Following a successful debut at the 2023 Annual Meeting, a track of Spanish-language Instructional Course Lectures (ICLs) returns for the 2024 gathering in San Francisco, Feb. 12 to 16. Featured are four sessions on high-interest topics with an emphasis on surgical techniques for treatment of common orthopaedic injuries and conditions.

Each year at the AAOS Annual Meeting, members of the AAOS International Committee meet with leadership from international orthopaedic societies. In 2022, the committee fielded requests for more opportunities for international speakers and, specifically, more sessions in Spanish from society leadership in Spanish-speaking countries.

A workgroup of the committee, consisting of Coleen S. Sabatini, MD, MPH, FAAOS; Carlos A. Higuera-Rueda, MD, FAAOS; and Jose A. Taveras, MD, polled all societies in Spanish-speaking countries for suggestions for topics and faculty, leading to the inaugural track of educational sessions last year in Las Vegas, along with a dedicated poster session.

Dr. Higuera-Rueda explained that the Spanish track came about as “the result of advocacy from the International Committee to have a more inclusive educational option for Spanish-speaking attendees” and was developed in conjunction with representatives of Spanish-speaking countries after surveying their members. “Topics useful to all type of attendees were chosen, and experts in the field from Spanish-speaking countries developed the content in conjunction with AAOS members.”

The workgroup planned the 2024 slate after reviewing evaluations of the 2023 sessions. “The events that had good evaluations were kept, and changes and improvements were made based on the feedback given,” Dr. Higuera-Rueda said.

Of note, all of this year’s sessions will be offered as symposia and will be included with registration for attendees. The four symposia will be presented by an outstanding lineup of international faculty, who will lead the following sessions entirely in Spanish:

“Treatment of Femoral Neck Fractures with Arthroplasty—Technique Pearls and Current Best Practices”
Faculty: Dr. Higuera-Rueda (United States), Marcelo Lizarraga (Peru), Bartolome Allende (Argentina), Rodrigo Guimaraes (Brazil), and Everth Merida Herrera (Mexico). This course will cover main indications for hemiarthroplasty and total hip arthroplasty after femoral neck fracture, principles of proper acetabular and femoral preparation, cementation, and other tools to decrease instability.

“Current Concepts in Periprosthetic Fractures of the Hip and Knee”
Faculty: Dr. Taveras (Dominican Republic), Guillermo Bonilla (Colombia), Marcelo Puello (Dominican Republic), Fernando Lopreite (Argentina), and Julian Guerra (Mexico). This course will cover the main indications, surgical pearls, and treatment outcomes of different techniques for managing periprosthetic fractures.

“ACL Reconstruction in Current Times—From the Weekend Player to the Professional Athlete”
Faculty: Navid Guadalupe Rodriguez Avila (Mexico), Humberto Arrue (Panama), Fernando Radice (Chile), Ramon Cugat (Spain), and Camilo Helito (Brazil). This course will explore up-to-date information on anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) reconstruction, including graft selection, techniques, and extra-articular augmentation for patients of all different levels of demand, including professional athletes.

“Current Concepts in the Surgical Management of Anterior Shoulder Instability”
Faculty: Joaquin Sanchez-Sotelo (United States), Gonzalo Gomez (Argentina), Myriam Capasso (Venezuela), Francisco Cruz (Mexico), and Emilio Calvo (Spain). This course reviews the main indications, surgical pearls, and treatment outcomes of different techniques for managing shoulder instability.

Dr. Taveras, one of the International Committee trio who worked to organize this new offering, commented: “The Spanish-language sessions that will be offered at the meeting in San Francisco in 2024 at the AAOS Annual Meeting are the result of hard work from the International Committee and reflect strong interest from the various orthopaedic communities in Latin America and Spanish-speaking countries, whose members have expressed the need for these sessions in their native language in order to benefit from all the excellent educational content that is offered at the meeting.”

Noting that the AAOS meeting “always attracts significant Latin American and Spanish-speaking participation,” he added, “We are excited to offer this expanded feature. The topics that will be given are top notch, interesting, and up to date, providing Spanish speakers with evidence-based information and in their language.” He recommended that registrants sign up for the ICLs right away. “We are looking forward to having a full house at each and every one of these sessions.”

Echoed Dr. Higuera-Rueda: “I encourage all of our Spanish-speaking colleagues to take advantage of this great opportunity, attend these sessions that were developed for them.”

Dr. Taveras also urged his colleagues to make sure they have installed the Annual Meeting Mobile App on their devices as the essential and convenient way to plan their attendance—including at the Spanish-language sessions—and to organize their meeting schedule to make optimal use of their time in San Francisco.

“My advice for any orthopaedic surgeon participating in the Annual Meeting, especially if they’re international travelers, is that they plan ahead so they can plan their travel and lodging,” he said. “The meeting can seem overwhelming with all the activities that are occurring throughout the week, so I highly recommend acting now to choose the sessions that you would like to participate in. Visit the Academy web page or visit the Google or Apple stores to download the app and start to schedule your activities during the meeting. Planning ahead will help make sure it is going to be a great experience.”

Terry Stanton is the senior medical writer for AAOS Now. He can be reached at