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Doctors gather for annual SIGN Conference

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RICHLAND, Wash.-- More than 140 doctors from all over the world are in Richland this week, sharing ideas and learning from each other. 31 different countries are represented at the "2011 SIGN Annual Conference."

SIGN stands for Surgical Implant Generation Network, which is an organization that helps doctors in developing countries use technology, such as nails, to help people with severe fractures.

Doctors say this week is all about learning new methods and sharing their knowledge. Orthopedic Resident, Henry Ndasi, traveled to the Tri-Cities from Kenya for the conference. He says, "We have many other doctors from other countries who are improvising the use of SIGN nails for different things that haven't been done before, like bone lengthening."

"We cannot keep this to ourselves. We have to share it. We will share it with our hospital and we will apply everything we learned here to our patients," says Jun Valera, Orthopedic Resident form the Philippines.

This is the 10th Annual SIGN Conference.