Finnish Orthopaedic Association

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Finnish Orthopaedic Association

The Finnish Orthopaedic Association, a society partner with EFORT that was founded in 1951 together works to enhance developments and research in musculoskeletal medicine and treatments.

“The association has become the biggest special association in the area of surgery in orthopaedic with 643 members,” Juhana Leppilahti, MD, PhD, president of the Finnish Orthopaedic Association (FOA), told Orthopaedics Today Europe.

“The aim of FOA is to connect doctors interested in the fields of orthopaedics and traumatology and to enhance the developments and research of the field in Finland. The biggest educational event, 3 days of orthopaedics and traumatology, is held yearly in November. “In addition, every second year there is an educational course for doctors specialized in orthopaedics in Lapland. Every second January, there is an educational course held in Austria and every second spring a ‘spring event’ will be held in one of the Finland’s university cities.”

The first Austrian spring meeting was held in 1986. According to the FOA mission statement, the organization’s purpose includes fostering discussion among the surgeons  of orthopaedic and traumatology, promoting clinical knowledge in orthopaedics as it relates to patient care, treatment, promotion of education through publishing efforts and congresses, and being an authority and leader when musculoskeletal medicine as well as treatment administrative and judicial issues arise in Finland.

The FOA is part of the Nordic Orthopaedic Federation (NOF), which includes orthopaedic organizations from Denmark, Estonia, Norway, Sweden, Iceland and the Netherlands.

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