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 Will Be Mailed
All badges 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 check-in for at the meeting.

New ~ Ticketless Entry
All purchased sessions, except for Specialty Day, will be programmed to your attendee badge and the QR code will be scanned at the session room door to gain entry. This will not be related to your CME credits.                                                                                  

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.

    Course Tickets

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

    • 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. 
    • On-site ticket sales are only available at the Registration Desk before the session begins.

    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.