LONDON, Oct. 30, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Smith & Nephew (NYSE:SNN;LSE:SN), the global medical technology business, today announced its new educational relationship with the recently formed American Academy of Foot and Ankle Osteosynthesis (AAFAO). Through this relationship, a grant from Smith & Nephew will be used to fund AAFAO's continuing education courses for internal fixation of the foot and ankle.
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"For more than 150 years, we have supported healthcare professionals with innovative technologies, life-changing treatments and ongoing medical education," says Mark Waugh, Vice President for Smith & Nephew's Global Extremities & Limb Restoration Strategic Business Unit. "We are extremely proud to be working with an organization like AAFAO which shares our commitment to surgeon education."
In addition to the grant, Smith and Nephew will also provide a new location for the training courses in its new Innovation Centre. Located in Memphis, TN, the Centre is a world-class medical training facility dedicated to the advancement of surgical technology and expertise. Within the two-story, 62,000-square-foot Centre is a 140-seat auditorium, five integrated conference rooms and 15 lab stations each with full cadaveric capability, OR lighting and state-of-the-art operating tables.
The first AAFAO course being offered at the new facility will be "Comprehensive Course of Internal Fixation for Reconstructive Surgery and Trauma of the Foot & Ankle." Information and registration for this course is available on the AAFAO website www.aafao.org.
The American Academy of Foot and Ankle Osteosynthesis is a new educational organization dedicated to the training of podiatric residents in the techniques and skills of skeletal fixation, trauma and reconstructive surgery of the foot and ankle.
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Smith & Nephew is a global medical technology business dedicated to helping improve people's lives. With leadership positions in Orthopaedic Reconstruction, Advanced Wound Management, Sports Medicine and Trauma, Smith & Nephew has around 11,000 employees and a presence in more than 90 countries. Annual sales in 2012 were more than $4.1 billion. Smith & Nephew is a member of the FTSE100 (LSE: SN, NYSE: SNN).
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