Finnish Orthopaedic Association (FOA)
The Finnish Orthopaedic Assocation was founded on 1951. The association has become a biggest special association in the area of surgery with 643 members.
The aim of FOA is to connect doctors interested in orthopaedics and traumatology and to enhance the development and research of the field in Finland. The biggest educational event, three days of orthopaedics and traumatogy, is held yearly in November. An annual meeting of the association is also held during these days. 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” in one of the Finland’s university cities.
FOA publishes a special publication for its members 2 – 4 times per year, called Finnish Journal of Orthopaedics and Traumatology. The members of FOA receive also a publication “Acta Orthopaedica”, which is a leading Scandinavian publication in the area of orthopaedics.
FOA shares its income coming from the membership fees, back to the members in forms of different grants (training courses, postdoctoral studies, hospital visits etc.). FOA supports the scientific research with grants through the Finnish Research Foundation for Orthopaedics and Traumatology.