Badge & Ticket Information

Registration Badges

Badges are distributed with a paid registration. A badges is required for entry to the Exhibit Hall, AAOS sessions and Annual Meeting events.  

New ~ No Badges or tickets will be mailed
All badges and tickets will be printed onsite with registration confirmation. Two weeks prior to the meeting you will receive a secondary email confirmation that you will need to bring to Registration for check-in at the meeting.

New ~ Academy Leverages Beacon Technology to Ensure Continuous Enhancement of Its Annual Meeting
AAOS is committed to enhancing the attendee experience each year at its Annual Meeting and uses a variety of tools to assess current offerings and develop new strategies. Since the AAOS 2019 Annual Meeting, the Academy has been using beacon technology to provide volunteer leadership and staff a better understanding of how attendees interact with education, events, and services during the meeting.

Beacons are small, wireless, secure, and encrypted transmitters that use low-energy Bluetooth technology to send signals to other smart devices nearby. Although there are many uses for beacons at professional meetings, the Academy’s goal is to capture traffic flow throughout the meeting space. To do so, each attendee is assigned a beacon at registration with a unique identifier. The data provided by the beacons will be used to develop a better, more personalized experience at future events.

It is important to note that the beacons do not track users outside of designated Academy meeting space and they are not used for CME credit tracking. This data will be used in aggregate to better understand attendee interest.

The Academy is excited to leverage this technology and use it to create an even more rewarding experience for attendees at future meetings.

NewMembers Only Family Badge and Children at the Meeting Policy
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 preregister 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, providing they are not disruptive to surrounding activities.
    Please note: Family Badge attendees will not have access to any educational sessions or events.

    Included with your Registration: Full access to Paper Presentations, Symposia, Exhibit Hall, Featured Sessions (Flash Five, Showdowns, The Way I See It), Academy Hall: Orthopaedic Video Theater, Posters, ePosters, Poster Tours, Career Center, Resource Center, and “Your Academy” -  Special Event with Presidential Guest Speaker. You will also have access to our shuttle buses to and from the Annual Meeting sanctioned hotels.

    Check-In: If you have registered in advance, bring your email confirmation to Registration at the Convention Center to officially check-in, print your badge and course tickets, and ensure that your CME credits will be counted for your full attendance time.

    Scanning at the session doors: Many sessions at the Annual Meeting will have AAOS staff members scanning your badge in addition to collecting your tickets at the door of the session room. Badge scanning is being conducted for future consideration of ticketless entry into sessions. This is not related to your CME credits.

    Course Tickets

    An additional purchased ticket is required for entry to:  ALL Instructional Course Lectures (ICLs), Case Presentations, Orthopeadic Review Course, and Nursing and Casting Courses. 

    • Course tickets are sold with your registration and can be added to your registration any time up to the actual time of the session, pending availability. 
    • Onsite ticket sales are only available at the Registration Desk before the session begins.
    • Please Note: AAOS Staff will be collecting tickets at the entry to these sessions. You must have the actual ticket to gain entry. (Receipts, emails and photos are not acceptable tickets.)

    Course Ticket Exchange: Tickets purchased in advance may be exchanged for the same type ticket (ICL ticket for an ICL ticket) at the on-site ticket sales counter. There are no exchanges available for the Education Tracks. The registrant must pay the difference between the advance purchase price and the onsite purchase price in order to exchange the ticket. No exchanges or sales after the start of the session.