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Board of Directors during the two very diﬃcult years members in terms of defending professional fees,
that we went through during this COVID-19 pandemic, working condiꢀons, conﬂicts between surgeons and
and his extraordinary work capacity, his emoꢀonal insꢀtuꢀons, diﬃculꢀes in ꢂnding a job and conﬂicts
intelligence to manage conﬂicts and his commitment to generated by quesꢀoning medical praxis.
the insꢀtuꢀon. Thank you, Roberto, for your valuable
contribuꢀon and for your friendship.
Establish strategic alliances.
A horizontal structure for the relaꢀonship
The world has never faced such a serious between the AAC and all groups of interest.
problem, a global disease that has advanced very
rapidly due to its great capacity for transmission, Which are the steps to take?
generaꢀng unpredictable consequences.
The crisis in which we found ourselves ▪ Updating the operating model: For this purpose, the
immersed required a rapid response, introducing many
changes to provide safe medical care.
This crisis exposed the diversity of Argenꢀna’s
healthcare system, which is fragmented and separated
responsibiliꢀes of each commiꢃee and commission
have been redeꢂned, establishing the hierarchical
relaꢀonships between them. Seꢄng up an annual
work program for each structure.
into public hospitals, social security system and private ▪ Increase the number of members: AAC currently has
medical insurance, represenꢀng a great challenge for
the insꢀtuꢀons that we had to lead in this terrible
We are aware of the impact this pandemic has
had on our surgeons and their families and the future
eﬀect on the economic situaꢀon. When an economic
4,566 members. A naꢀonal census of all the surgeons
in our country will allow us to establish strategies for
this task. With this aim, we will work together with
the 33 surgical socieꢀes and associaꢀons that make
up the Chapters of AAC, which are distributed in the 5
regions of the country.
crisis occurs, it is accompanied by a social crisis, and ▪ Network model : The need for a change in the
under these circumstances we must ask ourselves what
to do with our healthcare system.
relaꢀonship model was discussed, which would
mulꢀply the opportuniꢀes for improvement
without losing individuality.
We must all get out of this situaꢀon together;
there is no room for arguing over personal interests,
which have only delayed the path of the insꢀtuꢀonal
growth. Asociación Argenꢀna de Cirugía must be at the
service of our young surgeons who are going through
moments of important professional needs.
During last Monday’s assembly we received
the management report for 2020 and 2021 from Dr.
We started these periods with an organizaꢀonal
chart called “AAC Transformaꢀon Program”, in which we
deꢂned planned projects. We had prepared, prioriꢀzed
and communicated the progressive development by
management phases over 5 years, but the unexpected
pandemic required a rapid redeꢂniꢀon of the acꢀviꢀes
of our insꢀtuꢀon, adapꢀng them to this new reality.
With more than 90 years of experience, our
insꢀtuꢀon has naꢀonal and internaꢀonal recogniꢀon
in the academic and educaꢀonal ꢂelds. However, the
current context of the insꢀtuꢀon exhibits realiꢀes
that require conꢀnuing with the process iniꢀated in
previous administraꢀons, adapted to the demands and
We will conꢀnue working with the AAC Chapters by
regions, with the residence programs in surgery. The
public and private universiꢀes have already signed the
ꢂrst framework agreement on educaꢀon and research
with the Naꢀonal University of La Plata. The related
scienꢀꢂc socieꢀes. As well as with naꢀonal, provincial
and municipal governmental agencies and sponsors.
▪ Union and work areas: We will work the regional
realiꢀes with the chapters. Defending medical fees,
working with the AAC fee schedule.
Oﬀering our database, with the insꢀtuꢀonal
experience acquired in the management of union and
work conﬂicts, through diﬀerent strategies applied in
the diﬀerent areas of our country.
▪ Mentoring program: In recent years, we have been
working on this new service, taking advantage of the
experience and contacts of our “senior” MAACs. In
this period, the connecꢀon between leading surgeons
who have been nominated as tutors and surgeons in
training will be established to guide and facilitate their
needs of our members which have not changed, but ▪ Simulation-based training: During these years,
have actually deepened.
We must conꢀnue working to:
A. Increase the number of members by oﬀering
aꢃracꢀve suggesꢀons to encourage the incorporaꢀon
of new members to our associaꢀon.
B. Achieve an economic and ꢂnancial insꢀtuꢀonal balance. Where are we going to?
Several reasons explain this imbalance,
including inﬂaꢀon and the fact the price of certain
the expansion of surgical simulaꢀon programs as a
learning and simulaꢀon model has been achieved in
our country and in Laꢀn America through the strategic
alliance with ALACE.
We will implement
inputs and services in a country in crisis are expressed ▪ Mixed-mode courses for training instructors in basic
in US dollars. We must meet the demands of our surgical simulation programs