¡Viva Mexico!

By: Peter Pollack

By Peter Pollack

AAOS is proud to welcome Mexico as the Guest Nation for the 2010 AAOS Annual Meeting. Not only have the culture, language, and customs of Mexico enriched life in the United States, the relationships among orthopaedic organizations in both countries have enriched the profession.


The selection of Mexico as the 2010 Guest Nation recognizes the long-standing relationships that the AAOS has with the two major orthopaedic societies in Mexico that further open training paths and facilitate understanding among orthopaedic surgeons.

“The AAOS has, for many years, had productive professional relationships with both CMOT and AMOT,” said Lynne Dowling, director of the AAOS international department. “The Academy has participated in their annual congresses and conducted several cooperative physician education programs with them. We are quite pleased to welcome Mexico to New Orleans as the 2010 Guest Nation.”

Two societies, one purpose
Physicians in Mexico are well trained in the practice of ortho­paedics, and the country is fortunate to have two large orthopaedic societies with rich and proud histories. Officially chartered in 1946, the Sociedad Mexicana de Ortopedia (SMO) became the Colegio Mexicano de Ortopedia y Traumatología (CMOT) in 2009. The change raised the organization to a new level, enabling more communication and interchange with government authorities, universities, and other public and private institutions.

CMOT has more than 1,300 members in Mexico City. It also publishes the Acta Ortopedica Mexicana, which is the only orthopaedic magazine in Spanish-speaking countries included on the Index Medicus.

The Asociación Mexicana de Ortopedia y Traumatología (AMOT) was founded in 1963 as a way to unite regional orthopaedic societies and address the needs of orthopaedists outside the Mexico City metropolitan area.

AMOT, with nearly 4,000 associate members, is second in size only to the Sociedade Brasileira de Ortopedia e Traumatologia in Brazil, the largest orthopaedic association in Latin America. AMOT offers biennial fellowships to deserving members to travel to Europe and the United States for additional training.

In 1974, AMOT and CMOT (then SMO) agreed to establish parity between the two organizations and to jointly oversee the Consejo Mexicano de Ortopedia y Traumatología—the agency responsible for orthopaedic certification in Mexico.

Both CMOT and AMOT hold annual scientific meetings. The current president of CMOT is Dr. Eduardo G. Carriedo Rico. AMOT’s current president is Dr. Jaime J. Gutierrez Gomez.

Mayan ruins at Uxmal at night, Yucatan, Mexico.

About the Guest Nation program
The AAOS 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, Spain, and Thailand.

Check your Annual Meeting program for special events and activities related to Mexico and the Guest Nation program. Be sure to stop at the Guest Nation exhibit in Lobby B and say, “¡Hola, buenos dias!”

Peter Pollack is a staff writer for AAOS Now. He can be reached at