UEMS ORTHOPAEDICS MEETING BRUSSELS BELGIUM, April 8-9, 2011 ORTHOPAEDIC SURGERY IN GREECE HAOST DELEGATES TO UEMS VASSILIOS C. BITOUNIS, MD ARISTIDES B. ZOUBOS, MD
HELLENIC ASSOCIATION OF ORTHOPAEDIC SURGERY AND TRAUMATOLOGY Athens Academy Award 2004 HAOST was founded in 1947 HAOST has an Executive Council of 9 members Holds its Annual Meeting at mid-October Counts 910 active members and 830 associate members, mainly residents, not all in good standing Not all the orthopaedic surgeons and residents are obliged to be members of the Association
HELLENIC ASSOCIATION OF ORTHOPAEDIC SURGERY AND TRAUMATOLOGY Athens Academy Award 2004 HAOST has 10 individual sections: Hellenic College of Orthopaedic Surgeons Adult Reconstruction ( Hip and Knee ) PaediatricOrthopaedics Musculoskeletal Infections Musculoskeletal Oncology
HELLENIC ASSOCIATION OF ORTHOPAEDIC SURGERY AND TRAUMATOLOGY Athens Academy Award 2004 HAOST sections (continue): Spine Shoulder and Elbow Foot and Ankle Research IM NailingIn Greece there are also independent Hand Surgery and Sports Medicine Societies
GREECE Size: 132.000 Sq. KmsPopulation: 11.3 MillionsCapital: Athens (4.5 Millions)Currency: Euro since 2001
Greece divided in 13 Peripheries Greece divided in 11 Health Authority DistrictsThe largest is Attica and the second one is Central Macedonia
Greece has 7 Medical Schools:1. Athens (Attica), 2. Thessaloniki (Central Macedonia), 3. Ioannina (Epirus), 4. Larissa (Thessaly), 5. Patras (Peloponnisos), 6. Alexandroupolis (Thrace), 7. Heraklion (Crete)
There are 80 Public HospitalsThere are 11 University Orthopaedic Dpts. and 104 Public Orthopaedic Dpts.
There are also Private Hospitals but they do not have the right to train Residents
Orthopaedic Surgeons Demographics HAOST latest Manpower (Feb. 2011)2007: 1519 Orthopaedic Surgeons with 1:7330 ratio2011: 2108 Orthopaedic Surgeons with 1:5240 ratio2011: 598 Orthopaedic Residents
HAOST Manpower1505: Orthopaedics doing private practice 603: Are in Public or University Dpts.
HAOST ManpowerAttica:1015 OrthopaedicSurgeons 810 In Private Practice 295 ResidentsCentral Macedonia: 325 Orthopaedic Surgeons 235 In Private Practice 92 Residents
HAOST Manpower 35 out of 80 hospitals provide full training45 hospitals provide training from 6 months – 3,5 yrs.
Orthopaedic Residency Program in Greece 6 yrs Training Program1 yr General Surgery 5 yrs Orthopaedics 1 yr Paediatric Orhtopaedic, 3 yrs Reconstructive and Trauma and 2 semesters either of Plastic,Thoracic, Vascular or Neurosurgery
There are not exams to start the program. There are not obligatory exams during the program. There are final exams to get the specialty
In Greece the Educational and Training system, as far as is concerned, the Post Graduated Medical Training Program, is controlled by the Ministry of Health
Recently the Health Authorities started thinking that the Residency Program has to be organized by the National Scientific Societies
HAOST is a pioneer Society, as far as is concerned, Continues Medical Education Orthopaedic Program since 1984There is a permanent Committee and now it serves as an advisor to the Health Authorities
The last two years HAOST published1. “Guidelines for the Prevention of Deep Venus Thrombosis in Orthopaedic Surgery” 2009 and 2. it is under press “Guidelines for the Use of Bone Grafts in Orthopaedic Surgery” These two publications distributed to the Greek Orthopaedic Community and Greek Physicians