Get the most from your Annual Meeting

The 2011 Annual Meeting in San Diego provides a wealth of innovative and interactive educational opportunities, according to Chad Price, MD, Annual Meeting chair.

Chad Price, MD

In addition to the educational programming attendees have come to expect, this meeting includes some new features and highlights—plus a rousing speech by fiery former football coach Lou Holtz.

“We have a great balance and scope of offerings throughout the meeting,” said Dr. Price. “The Multimedia Education Center has an enormous number of surgical videos this year. The Resource and Job Placement Centers will be open to attendees throughout the meeting, along with the Electronic Skills Pavilion, which showcases current technology products and applications developed for orthopaedic surgeons.

“The whole experience is more interactive because there are more discussions and case presentations,” he added. For example, ‘Ask an Expert’ sessions are being held daily in the exhibit hall at booths 346 and 6149.

During these sessions, attendees will be able to present difficult cases to experts such as Joseph D. Zuckerman, MD; Stuart L. Weinstein, MD; Charles A. Rockwood Jr, MD; and Chitranjan S. Ranawat, MD. Audience participation will be encouraged.

Another change, said Dr. Price, is a streamlined Opening Ceremony.

“The welcome address for the Class of 2011 will be given today during the New Members Luncheon instead of during the Opening Ceremony. The invited speaker, Lawrence D. Dorr, MD, is a great humanitarian and noted joint reconstruction surgeon,” he said.

Another not-to-be-missed event, said Dr. Price, is tomorrow’s Ceremonial Meeting. AAOS First Vice President Daniel J. Berry, MD, and Second Vice President John R. Tongue, MD, will address attendees, and the Diversity, Humanitarian, and William W. Tipton Jr., MD, awards will be presented. In addition, legendary football coach, ESPN commentator, best-selling author, and motivational speaker Lou Holtz will speak.

“Lou Holtz is going to give an amazing speech, as he always does,” said Dr. Price. “I think he will be a fun addition to the Annual Meeting.”

A military slant
“The U.S. military is coming out full force in San Diego to show our physicians what orthopaedics is like in the Navy,” said Dr. Price. “The U.S. Navy has set up a forward surgical hospital on-site to show how trauma is managed in the field in Iraq.”

Attendees can also opt to visit the USS Midway and Maritime Museums and take a ship tour. “The Miramar Marine Corps Air Station base is hosting some tours, with a flight line demonstration of some of the fanciest jets you can imagine,” he noted. “There’s something for everyone at the 2011 Annual Meeting.”

As always, the AAOS 2011 Annual Meeting also includes hundreds of excellent educational opportunities, including symposia, papers and posters, instructional courses, scientific exhibits, technical exhibits, and a full day of Specialty Day programming.

Prepared by Jennie McKee, staff writer for AAOS Now.