Welcome to the Annual Meeting!

By: Terry Stanton

It’s all here for you—an outstanding education experience and a city of many delights

Welcome to New Orleans! This city-like-no-other not only serves up the best in good food, good music, and good times but is right now the place to be for the world’s best in orthopaedic education.

The AAOS 2018 Annual Meeting features an abundance of premium educational offerings designed to meet your needs, with the opportunity to earn as many as 33 American Medical Association Physician’s Recognition Award Category 1 CreditsTM from a wealth of choices.

According to Marc R. Safran, MD, chair of the AAOS 2018 Annual Meeting Central Program Committee, the wide array of options at the meeting lets attendees choose offerings in the formats that work best for their educational goals.

The highly acclaimed formats of Flash Five®, The Way I See It …®, and Showdowns® will again be offered. Showdowns are intense and entertaining debates between leading experts about current hot topics, with the audience picking the winner. Flash Five is a surge of knowledge given in five-minute bites by each presenter within one hour, so that you will hear from 10 leading experts across the breadth of orthopaedic surgery. The Way I See It … lays out the whys of what the experts do in their fields of expertise.

“Hear what each presenter wants you to know as experts share their experience and views,” Dr. Safran said.


The Big Easy beckons you with fun, food, and the best in orthopaedic education.
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One presentation not to be missed, noted Dr. Safran, is “The Way I See It… Leveraging Digital Technology: Managing Patients from Afar,” which will provide insight into the hows, whys, and ramifications of the ever-increasing use of technology in orthopaedic surgery, and how it may enhance your practice. It will be presented in the Technology Theater on Wednesday at 11 a.m.

Another event you might want to circle is the President’s Symposium: “The Use and Misuse of Biologics in Orthopaedic Surgery: Platelet-rich Plasma and Stem Cells,” on Friday, 8 a.m.–10 a.m. AAOS President William J. Maloney, MD, will moderate a panel discussion on this high-interest topic. The panel includes James B. Bradley, MD; Constance R. Chu, MD; Jason L. Dragoo, MD; William M. Mihalko, MD, PhD; Scott A. Rodeo, MD; Kevin G. Shea, MD; and Theodore R. Stevens, MS, from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.

The Annual Meeting also offers many opportunities for self-directed learning, with choices including the scientific exhibits and posters in both traditional and electronic formats; the peer-reviewed video and multimedia programs at the Orthopaedic Video Theater; and the latest technology and applications on display in the Technology Theater.

The true-to-its-name Game Changers Paper session is Friday, 1:30 p.m.–3:30 p.m., and will again include one hour of presentations on research that could affect how orthopaedics is practiced, followed by “The Way I See It…Orthopaedists Changing the Game,” with presentations by Kevin J. Bozic, MD, MBA, on the “Future of Educating Orthopaedists in New Healthcare Delivery Model System,” Dr. Rodeo on “Biologics,” and Paul Tornetta III, MD, on “Most Treatment Choices Should Be Made by the Patient.”

The Annual Meeting also features a wealth of impressive research findings, both in the extensive offering of scientific paper presentations and in the posters, which this year number more than 1,000 and will be displayed in two sessions, with the first today and Wednesday and the second session Thursday through Saturday.

Attendees will also want to consider taking one of 19 Poster Tours and attending the Poster Breakfast on Friday at 7 a.m. in Academy Hall B.

As always, the Annual Meeting features a comprehensive menu of Instructional Course Lectures (ICLs).

“We are excited to feature more than 240 ICLs across 13 classifications” said James I. Huddleston III, MD, chair of the AAOS 2018 Annual Meeting Central Instructional Courses Committee. He noted that ICLs, including the following, will also serve as two-hour review courses:

  • ICL 250 “Mini-Review of Sports Medicine Upper Extremity”
  • ICL 245 “Evaluation and Management of Common Hand and Wrist Conditions for the General Orthopaedic Surgeon”
  • ICL 251 “Trauma Mini-Review: Hot Topics and the Latest Treatment Strategies in Orthopaedic Trauma”
  • ICL 346 “High-Yield Review for the Pediatric Orthopaedic Surgery Maintenance of Certification Exam”

At the Annual Meeting, Dr. Huddleston continued, “We have a wide array of options to meet preferred learning styles. The Case Presentation courses enable engagement in collaborative table discussions after reviewing case data and hearing the final solution from experts, while our Technical Skills courses provide video focusing on positioning, approach, and step-by-step technical tips.”

Dr. Huddleston also noted the 11 Career Development courses “that will benefit those who would like to enhance their professional life.”

Dr. Safran added that the Academy collaborated with Italy, the 2018 Guest Nation, on Symposium N, “Orthopaedic Surgery of Pelvis: Controversies in Diagnostics and Treatment of Infections after Total Hip Arthroplasty,” Wednesday, 4 p.m.–6 p.m., in Theater A.

The third annual Resident Bowl will take place Thursday, 4 p.m.–6 p.m., in Great Hall B, and is an opportunity for residents to compete in a trivia game-style event.

Also of interest to the rising physician is “Practice Management for Residents and Fellows-in-Training,” today, 12:30 p.m.–5 p.m. in Room 265.

All meeting attendees should be sure to download the My Academy mobile app, which provides access to many resources. Annual Meeting information is also available at www.aaos.org/amprograms.

Terry Stanton is the senior science writer for AAOS Now. He can be reached at tstanton@aaos.now.