2019 SLAOTI/POSNA TF - Day 7

After a memorable dinner last night, one of the traveling fellows made the decision to stay up until 1 am to watch the Nationals defeat the Astros in the exciting Game 7 of the World Series.  After a short night of sleep, we were picked up by Dr. Javier Masquijo at 7:15 am and cut across town during rush hour to the Sanatorio Allende’s (SA) newest building which opened 7 years ago. 

This hospital was founded in 1938 by Professor Guillermo Allende, and continues to the operated by the Allende family which has among its members many orthopaedic surgeons including Dra. Victoria Allende, the senior pediatric orthopaedic surgeon at the SA.  After arrival to the hospital, we grabbed an absolutely wonderful cappuccino (nothing like our hospital coffee back home!) and croissant and then settled into a beautiful conference room, on the basement level of an absolutely stunning facility.

Drs. Allende and Masquijo planned an outstanding full-day academic program, including several presentations by the traveling fellows and a keynote address by former POSNA President Dr. Baxter Willis from Ottawa, Canada who was in town early for the joint POSNA-SLAOTI meeting in Santiago.   The conference was particularly impressive because they had simultaneous translation between English and Spanish which maximized everyone's comprehension and engagement.

Dr. Sabatini delivered an excellent presentation on the treatment of chronic osteomyelitis, highlighting the knowledge learned from her work abroad and also presented on late-presenting clubfoot.  Dr. Upasani presented intriguing data from the International Hip Dysplasia Institute, highlighting the opportunities of international data pooling.  He  also shared his experience with cutting-edge 3D CT analysis to assess patient-specific pathology to guide surgical correction.  Dr. Shah presented on brachial plexus birth injuries and described the challenges of secondary glenohumeral dysplasia and his extensive experience with this condition.  His second talk was on improving surgical performance and efficiency highlighting his very interesting recent research on supracondylar humerus fractures at CHOP. 

The traveling fellows were very impressed by the presentations delivered by the orthopaedic surgery faculty at SA including a presentation on complex club foot by Dr. Allende, surgical treatment of tarsal coalition by Dr. Masquijo, medial epicondylar fractures by Dr. Andres Ferreyra, and navigation for spinal deformity surgery by Dr. Diego Tourn.  The residents and pediatric orthopaedic surgery fellow presented 7 scientific abstracts highlighting the outstanding clinical research ongoing at SA.


We then returned to our beautiful modern hotel in downtown Cordoba, where we met for cocktails before dinner and to write this blog.  We have enjoyed the evening time of blog writing to reflect upon our day together.   Given the late hour of our dinner, we will include the rest of our evening in tomorrow’s blog!

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