Cover of the latest issue of La Revista Chilena de Ortopedia y Traumatología (RCHOT), one of the official publications of the Chilean Society of Orthopedics and Traumatology (SCHOT)
Courtesy of SCHOT


Published 3/8/2024
Julio Urrutia, MD; Alvaro Silva, MD

SCHOT Members’ Orthopaedic Research Spans 8 Decades

Editor’s note: This article is part of a series from 2024 Guest Nation representatives from Chile. The articles will be published in each issue of the AAOS Now Daily Edition.

The Chilean Society of Orthopedics and Traumatology (SCHOT) has more than 1,200 orthopaedic surgeon members from all over the country who practice in all subspecialties in the field. It is one of the largest scientific medical associations in Chile.

Most SCHOT members were trained in Chilean academic centers; however, several orthopaedic surgeons continued their training in North America and Europe. One of the most important ways to be accepted as an active member of the society is to present a research paper at an official meeting or publish a study in SCHOT’s journal, La Revista Chilena de Ortopedia y Traumatología (RCHOT). SCHOT has published RCHOT since 1953, and the publication currently puts out three issues annually in Spanish and English. RCHOT’s editor-in-chief, David Figueroa, MD, has worked intensely to achieve a high citation index in Latin America and has led the journal toward indexing in PubMed.

The policy of research-related acceptance into SCHOT has resulted in consistent growth of the organization’s research interests. Thus, the quantity and quality of Chile’s orthopaedic research activity have improved over the years. In Chile, there are multiple areas of scientific development, especially at the university level. Much research is carried out in biomechanics and in the field of tissue regeneration.

In 1952, Carlos Urrutia, MD, published the first high-impact Chilean paper in the Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery, and 68 years later, SCHOT’s members have published their research in most of the renowned orthopaedic journals worldwide. Members have also presented their research at several prestigious international meetings. Additionally, surgeons from Chile have been considered as faculty, instructors, and moderators at preeminent global conferences, including the AAOS Annual Meeting.

SCHOT is proud to be the Guest Nation for the AAOS 2024 Annual Meeting. The society wants to share the knowledge acquired, along with research activity, with AAOS and throughout the entire world.

Julio Urrutia Escobar, MD, is past president of SCHOT.

Alvaro Silva, MD, is the current president of SCHOT.


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