The lakefront skyline of Chicago embodies the AAOS 2022 Annual Meeting theme of “Reaching New Heights.” Make your plans now to join your colleagues as they convene for the world’s premier orthopaedic event. Visit for more information.


Published 12/17/2021
Terry Stanton

Reach New Heights and Register for the AAOS 2022 Annual Meeting

‘Make no little plans’ and secure your spot in Chicago in March

Make plans now to join your peers at the AAOS 2022 Annual Meeting in Chicago, March 22 to March 26. Yes, the world’s premier orthopaedic event is back, in its traditional place on the calendar, and ready to welcome you to a full experience of outstanding educational opportunities, technological innovation, and valuable interactions with your professional colleagues.

“Following the success of our recent meeting in San Diego, we look forward to welcoming all of our colleagues and friends to Chicago this coming March,” said AAOS President Daniel K. Guy, MD, FAAOS. “The Annual Meeting always offers an unparalleled educational opportunity. Our 2022 Annual Meeting Committee, chaired by Matthew T. Provencher, MD, MBA, CAPT MC USNR (Ret.), FAAOS, continues to innovate and adapt the meeting environment to offer the best experience for attendees.”

“We are truly excited about the AAOS 2022 Annual Meeting in Chicago,” said Dr. Provencher. “Our theme this year is ‘Reaching New Heights,’ and we have been working diligently to bring you the best possible educational experience in orthopaedics. We hope everyone can join us for a memorable event.”

Whether it is the program featuring hundreds of scientific paper presentations and poster studies, symposia that tackle the issues that matter to surgeons today, a wealth of video presentations, Instructional Course Lectures (ICLs) that advance your skills and knowledge, or the grand technology and product showcase that is the Exhibit Hall, the 2022 meeting will offer a host of opportunities to advance one’s personal learning portfolio and refine one’s practical expertise.

The Annual Meeting has something for surgeons at all stages of their careers, including programming exclusively for residents, who can avail themselves of ways to expand their network, participate in mentoring programming, and compete against their peers in the always-popular Resident Bowl.

AAOS’s primary concerns are the health and safety of all attendees, and AAOS will continue to adhere to recommended safety standards and practices to provide a fulfilling, worry-free experience. For the 2022 meeting in Chicago, it is anticipated that the guidelines will be the same as the successful ones employed in San Diego—proof of vaccination or negative testing along with mandatory mask-wearing throughout the convention center—but AAOS will continue to monitor and communicate health and safety updates and will adjust protocols as appropriate.

The rewards of registration
For the meeting itself, the registration fee includes access to an abundance of offerings. In addition to the core educational sessions and scientific presentations, there is content presented in several formats in the Exhibit Hall, plus Academy Hall, where in one convenient location attendees can learn about the many benefits of AAOS membership, as well as experience the Orthopaedic Video Theater and Engagement Theater.

New this year is an enhancement to the registration package for AAOS members: the inclusion of three ICLs—a $210 value. Registrants will be notified in February that they can add their selected sessions to their registration. Dr. Guy said that the Central Instructional Courses Committee, chaired by Brian Galinat, MD, MBA, FAAOS, “has done great work putting together another stellar lineup of our always-popular ICLs, so please take the opportunity to sign up when the lineup is announced.”

To ensure that a complete experience in Chicago that suits your preferences, there is no time like the present to register for the meeting and secure lodging. Attendees can choose and book hotels now, through onPeak at, which offers more than 30 property options with no upfront costs and generous cancellation policies.

Never miss a session with the Gold Registration Package
The Annual Meeting is a series of busy days filled with high-quality educational sessions, networking opportunities with colleagues, and valuable information in the Exhibit Hall. To make the most of it, registrants can own the sessions they attended, plus any they could not fit in! Choose the Gold Registration Package to gain post-meeting access to Annual Meeting OnDemand, an online library which gives you flexibility to:

  • revisit sessions you attended or catch missed sessions
  • learn anytime across web-enabled devices
  • download PDF handouts and MP3 audio files
  • explore new topics outside your practice area
  • earn up to 100 continuing medical education (CME) credits with built-in testing

The Gold Package is an outstanding value that lets you extend your education and benefit from the meeting after you have returned home.

Additional highlights: Symposia, Exhibit Hall, and Specialty Day
Dr. Guy said the 2022 Central Program Committee, chaired by Amy L. Ladd, MD, FAAOS, “has put together an excellent program that includes many other new innovations to the meeting.” New for the 2022 event, on Thursday, March 24, a Presidential Symposium will feature the inaugural Dominik C. Meyer Award, which recognizes disruptive innovation in orthopaedic surgery, and a lecture by the first-ever Meyer Award recipient. The event will be followed by a President’s Forum, which will explore the important topics of ethics, professionalism, and harassment. “Every specialty society and orthopaedic program chair will be invited to participate, and I encourage everyone to attend,” Dr. Guy said.

In addition to the presidential session, this year’s meeting promises an inviting array of other symposia on cutting-edge topics, trends, and techniques. These popular events feature the profession’s leading names and the field’s foremost experts, who share their knowledge and wisdom on pressing clinical challenges and urgent issues in orthopaedics. Discussions promise to be thought-provoking as the best minds in medicine share their thoughts frankly without shying from controversy. A main event that so many members look forward to attending at each Annual Meeting is the Your Academy session, also on March 24. There, attendees will hear from AAOS leadership and honor and applaud the recipients of the Diversity, Humanitarian, and William W. Tipton, Jr., MD, Leadership awards, as well as those selected for Kappa Delta and Orthopaedic Research and Education Foundation awards.

Dr. Guy also is pleased to announce that the presidential guest speaker will be Jon Meacham, the renowned, Pulitzer Prize–winning historian and commentator and the author of The Art of Leadership: Lessons from the American President. “Mr. Meacham is familiar to many, is a gifted speaker, and we all look forward to his message at the Your Academy event on Thursday morning,” Dr. Guy said.

And of course, in all of orthopaedics, there is just no place like the Exhibit Hall at the AAOS Annual Meeting. The Exhibit Hall is the go-to destination to discover innovative devices and solutions that will help you enhance your practice and transform patient care. There, on a dazzling scale, attendees can take advantage of unique opportunities to:

  • see innovative offerings from more than 500 companies
  • connect with industry experts from major orthopaedic and device manufacturers
  • critically compare products and plan purchases for a hospital or practice

Also new for 2022 is the addition of even more dedicated Exhibit Hall time—about 8.5 hours total—letting attendees plan to explore all the Hall’s offerings without missing any of the other educational sessions and content. The Exhibit Hall is the site of enticing (non-CME) educational events and innovative presentations, where attendees can extend their education with daily interactive presentations—engaging with experts and experiencing stateof- the-art educational opportunities on a variety of hot topics during Ask an Expert, TechTalks, and Innovation Theater sessions.

“The Exhibit Hall always offers attendees the very best opportunity to evaluate new techniques and technologies to advance patient care,” Dr. Guy said.

Also for 2022, Specialty Day is back. On Saturday, March 26, participating subspecialty societies will hold their traditional day of programming devoted to their members’ practice focuses. (Four spine societies will present their specialty programming on Friday, March 25).

Plan your experience
Because of the compressed half-year interval between Annual Meetings, much of the specific educational programming is being finalized currently. Plan on choosing ICLs around Feb. 7, when ticketing will begin. As always, the best up-to-minute source for information is the Annual Meeting website, at When the My Academy app becomes available in February, registrants can use that essential tool to build their schedules and customize their meeting experiences. Keep an eye out for launch details.

Daniel Burnham, the legendary Chicago architect who codesigned the city’s 1893 World’s Exposition and was instrumental in rebuilding the city after the fire of 1871, famously said, “Make no little plans.” The spirit and ambition in those words live in the Annual Meeting. AAOS’s volunteers and supporting staff have planned for “Reaching New Heights” in March at McCormick Place Convention Center, on the lakefront of Chicago, where Burnham’s legacy can still be seen in the surrounding parks and architecture.

“Please make plans to attend the 2022 Annual Meeting. I look forward to seeing everyone in Chicago,” Dr. Guy said.

Terry Stanton is the senior medical writer for AAOS Now. He can be reached at