Exhibit Hall Boasts Several New Innovations

By: CAPT (Ret.) Matthew T. Provencher, MD, MC, USNR

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CAPT (Ret.) Matthew T. Provencher, MD, MC, USNR, is the AA0S 2018 Annual Meeting Exhibit Committee chair.

There are many exciting and innovative changes for the 2018 AAOS Annual Meeting Exhibit Hall. First and foremost, the AAOS 2018 Annual Meeting and Exhibit committees have worked diligently to incorporate extensive feedback from the AAOS membership to provide an enhanced Exhibit Hall experience.

The Exhibit Hall has undergone multiple changes to help attendees more readily navigate the largest exhibition of orthopaedic products in the world. More than 650 companies will display their products and services, including implants, bone and tissue products, and surgical equipment and instruments. The Exhibit Hall will also feature publishers and software providers.

Please take advantage of the Interactive Floor Plan, available at www.aaos.org/exhibits, to see the space in real time, save exhibitors to your “expo plan,” and view exhibitor profiles. Floor plan displays will be available in the lobby at several of the exhibit hall entrances and at info counters so you can see the exact layout of booths and the building structures such as entrances, food service, seating areas, and restrooms.

There are many other new offerings in the Exhibit Hall this year. We added numerous “hands-on” workshops to engage with new cutting-edge products from industry leaders. For the first time, we will offer “Lunch and Learn” sessions organized by our industry partners to provide attendees with an up close and personal chance to learn about new and cutting-edge product technologies with lunch provided. These sessions will take place Wednesday through Friday and registration will be managed by the exhibitors. The sessions will occur in the following locations:

  • Meeting Rooms 219 and 275 in the Morial Convention Center
  • Exhibit Hall at the AAOS Technology Theater, Booth 4569
  • Exhibit Hall at the Ask an Expert, Booth 6853

Another offering, first started in 2017, is the Bioskills Industry sessions (nonCME) located in Hall I1. These sessions are not part of the AAOS educational program, but are managed by exhibiting companies.

Furthermore, we have our very well-attended and highly acclaimed Ask an Expert sessions, during which you can bring your most perplexing cases (as a HIPAA compliant file on a flash drive 10 minutes prior to the session start time) to an expert in orthopaedics that allows for an interactive exchange of ideas on diagnosis and recommendations. The Ask an Expert sessions schedule features all aspects of orthopaedic care, including shoulder, knee, pediatric, trauma, hip, spine, sports medicine, periprosthetic joint infection, arthroscopy and joint preservation, foot and ankle, and hand.

In addition to Ask an Expert sessions, there is the Technology Theater, which boasts five exciting new sessions this year—yet another excellent feature that enables members to learn new ways to streamline and enhance their practices. These presentations highlight current and new technologies that truly work for your practice, and include everything from using virtual reality as a tool to curb opioid use, how to defend your digital reputation, surgical navigation, to the newest must-use apps.

The Exhibit Hall is amid a transformation to improve overall layout, ease of access, and flow. These changes have allowed for additional lounges and networking areas, including the AAOS Networking Oasis (Booths 1529, 2421, 3621, 4421, and 6521), specifically designed for attendees to sit, rehydrate, meet, and interact with each other, as well as with members of industry. The AAOS Bistro provides a comfortable setting for attendees to eat, meet, and network. You can purchase a ticket in advance and avoid lines. Located in the back of Exhibit Hall F, Booth 3981, the Bistro features all-inclusive hot buffet lunches and table reservations. There will also be complimentary beverage breaks to provide a chance to refuel. Complimentary beverages will be available in the Exhibit Hall each day during the break between scientific sessions on Wednesday and Thursday at 3:30–4 p.m. and on Friday at 10–11 a.m. in Booths 2376, 4763, and 6656.

There will be an Exhibit Hall Social on Friday from 2:30–3:30 p.m. with New Orleans’ famous warm beignets, whole fruit, and beverages available free to AAOS medical attendees. Service will take place in the same locations where the beverage breaks will be held: Booths 2376, 4763, and 6656. This event will be a great place to connect with orthopaedic colleagues.

And finally, in terms of networking opportunities within the Exhibit Hall, there will be Academy Lounges with Wi-Fi available. Locations include Booth 1813 in Hall C and Booth 5601 in Hall G.

Do not forget to bring the coupons in your registration bag to a Redemption Center to receive your free AAOS tote bag, T-shirt, and to enter drawings on Thursday and Friday for great prizes. Redemption Centers are located in the Exhibit Hall, Booth 2076 in Hall C, Booth 4413 in Hall F, and Booth 6656 in Hall H.

In summary, the Exhibit Committee is dedicated to serving you and providing the best possible Exhibit Hall experience. We hope that you like the new look and feel of the Exhibit Hall and know that it will continue to evolve over the years to make the AAOS Annual Meeting the best possible educational experience for our members.

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Ask an Expert sessions are ideal if you want an expert opinion on a case and enjoy interactive discussions.

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