Frequently Asked Questions - General

General FAQs

When and where is the Annual Meeting?

When is Specialty Day?

What is AAOS doing to help provide a safe environment for the Annual Meeting?

When does registration open?

How many CME credits are available for the Annual Meeting?

What is Annual Meeting On Demand / Gold Registration Package?

When will the Annual Meeting app be available?

Can family members attend the meeting?

How can I get ADA assistance?

Are there lactation rooms available?

Is there an inclusive restroom?

What is the closest airport?

Do you provide transportation/shuttle service?

What is the weather like in San Diego?

What is the attire for the meeting?

Where are future Annual Meetings being held?

I still have questions, who can I contact?

 

When and where is the Annual Meeting?
Meeting Dates: Tuesday, August 31 – Friday, September 3

Exhibit Dates: Wednesday, September 1 – Friday, September 3

For the 2021 Annual Meeting, Specialty Society Sessions will be held Wednesday, September 1 – Friday, September 3.

San Diego Convention Center

111 W. Harbor Drive

San Diego, California 92101

San Diego Convention Center Building Map

When is Specialty Day?
For the 2021 Annual Meeting, Specialty Society Sessions will be held Wednesday, September 1 – Friday, September 3. Please visit the website or download the app for session details.

What is AAOS doing to help provide a safe environment for the Annual Meeting?
AAOS has preventative measures in place to reduce the spread of COVID-19 and will comply with federal, state, and local guidelines. View our Health & Safety Resources.

When does registration open?
Members: April 14, 2021.

Non-Members: April 21, 2021.

How many CME credits are available for the Annual Meeting?
U.S. Physicians: The AAOS designates this live activity for a maximum of 28.5 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity. The number of CME’s obtained is determined by your check-in date. Please be sure to check-in when you arrive at the meeting.

International Physicians: The AMA has determined that physicians not licensed in the United States but who participate in this CME activity are eligible for AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™.

Allied Health Professionals: The AAOS is not accredited to offer credit for nurses and other Allied Health Professionals. To determine if activities offering AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™ are acceptable for your licensing or certification needs please contact the relevant organizations directly.

What is Annual Meeting On Demand / Gold Registration Package?
Gold Registration includes live meeting attendance PLUS Annual Meeting On Demand a comprehensive online library with over 500 hours of educational meeting content that you can watch anytime, anywhere. Plus, earn up to 100 CME credits. Now you can own the sessions you attended plus the many you could not fit in. Extend your learning past the meeting!

When will the Annual Meeting app be available?
The My Academy app will be available for free download from the App Store or Google Play in the spring. It is the go-to resource for planning your customized experience. You can choose your ideal learning path by adding education programs, Exhibit Hall activities, and must-see exhibitors to your custom agenda.

Can family members attend the meeting?
AAOS members receive one complimentary family badge that may be used by a spouse, significant other, or immediate family member (not an active medical professional). You may pre-register a family member during online registration or on-site. All Family Badge recipients must be accompanied by the registered AAOS member and present an ID to receive a family badge.

Family Badge attendees 16 years and older have access to the following:

  • Academy Hall
  • Industry Exhibits
  • Your Academy/Guest Speaker

Family Badge attendees under 16 have access to Academy Hall only, providing they are not disruptive to surrounding activities.

Please note: Family Badge attendees will not have access to any educational sessions or events.

How can I get ADA assistance?
AAOS will consider the requests of persons with disabilities for reasonable modifications of policies, practices and procedures or for auxiliary aids and services where necessary to provide access to AAOS facilities, events, services and products.  AAOS encourages that such requests be made as soon as possible to enhance AAOS’s ability to accommodate the requests.  All ADA requests for the AAOS 2021 Annual Meeting should be submitted by August 18, 2021.

Learn more about accessibility at the San Diego Convention Center. 

Are there lactation rooms available?
The convention center offers a lounge within the women’s restrooms of Lobbies A and E.

Is there an inclusive restroom?
Lobby A has a gender-neutral and accessible restroom with two private single-occupancy rooms, each with a locking door and floor-to-ceiling walls.

What is the closest airport?
The San Diego International Airport (Lindbergh Field) is located 4 miles (10 minutes) from downtown San Diego. Curfew restrictions prohibit late night and early morning takeoffs between the hours of 11:30 PM and 6:30 AM.

Do you provide transportation/shuttle service?
Airport Shuttles

Hotel Shuttles run between the hotels and the San Diego Convention Center starting Tuesday, August 31, at 6:30 AM through Friday, September 3, at 5:30 PM. There is no service between the hours of 10:00 AM – 3:00 PM. Hotels within walking distance of the convention center will not have shuttle service.

Rideshare Service companies, like Uber and Lyft, also provide service from the airport to downtown for $10-$21, according to the location of your hotel.

Taxi Service from the airport costs $17-$25 (one-way). Many companies provide taxicab service at San Diego International Airport. If you need a taxi, simply follow the signs leading to the Transportation Plazas. A Transportation Coordinator will place you with the first available taxi, unless you specify a particular taxicab company.

What is the weather like in San Diego?
The average temperature in the San Diego area at the end of August is 70 degrees Fahrenheit, with an average high of 77 and an average low of 67. Pack an umbrella for the possibility of showers during your visit.

What is the attire for the meeting?
Professional attire is appropriate at the meeting and to visit the exhibit hall. Some restaurants require coats and ties for gentleman, but most welcome casual attire. Check each restaurant’s policy when making reservations.

Where are future Annual Meetings being held?
Discover Future Annual Meeting dates and locations.

I still have questions, who can I contact?
For questions about the Annual Meeting: meeting@aaos.org

For questions about your Registration Account: AAOSmeeting@xpressreg.net

For On Demand Customer Service: (800) 501-2303

For questions about New or Existing Housing Reservation:

Existing Reservation
AAOS@onpeak.com
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