American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons Expands Annual Meeting Program

January 27, 2014

When the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons’ annual meeting kicks off March 11-14 at the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center in New Orleans, it will feature several new additions to the program.

Among the additions to this year’s meeting are new Case Presentation Courses, Technical Skills Courses, and a Game Changer paper session, which will combine 15 paper presentations from the week’s program and synthesize them for their potential to advance and change how orthopaedists practice and perform surgery.

“The Annual Meeting is about learning, networking, and getting familiar with the clinical and scientific cutting edge, along with seeing what’s new in the marketplace on the exhibit floor,” said Paul Tornetta III, MD, annual meeting chair.

He added, “Our focus and goal is to exceed the educational needs of the members and give them outstanding value by providing a variety of educational formats and a wide range of topics. The Central Program, Central Instructional Courses, and Exhibits Committees have worked hard and developed a well-rounded program for attendees.”

Another popular offering is the Ask an Expert sessions, which provide an interactive opportunity for attendees to present a perplexing case to a selected clinician.

Dr. Tornetta said that attendees “are invited to bring their case challenges and present them for diagnosis and recommendation. Audience participation will be encouraged to complement the exchange of ideas.”

The AAOS has also partnered with the National Association of Orthopaedic Nurses (NAON) and the National Association of Orthopaedic Technologists (NAOT) to present a rich allied health program.

Six sessions are designed for registered and licensed practical nurses, physician assistants, orthopaedic technologists, and physical and occupational therapists.

Also on tap are the Presidential Guest Speakers, journalists and commentators Steven and Cokie Roberts, known as veterans of the Washington scene.

“Steve and Cokie are consummate political analysts and are well placed to explain the politics that dominate the news and affect the lives of all Americans, including orthopaedic surgeons,” Dr. Tornetta said.

The AAOS Annual Meeting was honored as one of the fastest-growing shows in attendance at last year’s TSNN Awards.

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