Annual Meeting Quick Tips

We've gathered the best tips and tidbits from our meeting staff and faculty to give you an inside "heads up" for the next Annual Meeting. Some of our seasoned attendees may be familiar, but new attendees take note!


  • For best pricing and availability, register and secure housing as soon as possible.
  • Download the My Academy app before arriving at the meeting.  We’ll keep you posted as to when it’s available.
  • Handouts are electronic and available one week prior to the meeting.  Hard copies must be printed in advance of your arrival.
  • Make a plan:  Take note of session schedules to be sure you can fit in everything you want to do!
  • Bring your registration confirmation to the main registration area for check in and printed badge/tickets and meeting materials.

After Arriving

  • Official AAOS hotels offer our complimentary shuttle service to and from the convention center.  Check the My Academy app for details. 
  • Check-in at the meeting as soon as possible to receive maximum CME credits
  • If you have questions – JUST ASK!  There are information booths, as well as people throughout the building that can help you find the answers. 

Maximize Your Experience

  • Deepen your participation by visiting Academy Hall frequently.  It is full of great information and is a central hub of the meeting. 
  • Get your session room early for best available seating.  It is first come, first served seating and many sessions do sell out. 
  • Inside tidbit:  You earn CME Credit by learning during the Poster Tours.
  • Save money pre-ordering products and resources with special on-site only promotions. 
  • On-site is the best place to check into becoming an AAOS member.

On Meeting Days

  • Professional attire is appropriate at the meeting. Dress in layers; the meeting space can be chilly.
  • A prayer room is available for religious purposes. 
  • Private lactation rooms are available. Visit Headquarters office for information about our accommodations.
  • You can stow your luggage at our baggage check if you have already checked out of your hotel on your final meeting day.

Stay Connected

  • There is free Wi-Fi throughout the convention center and most hotels.
  • Charge your mobile device at convenient charging stations throughout the building. 
  • Print your return flight boarding pass from the meeting at our Internet Connection station. 
  • Problems with the My Academy app? Head over to the Resource Center in Academy Hall to speak with AAOS Technology staff. 


  • Lounge areas designed for networking are available throughout the meeting space and Exhibit Hall
  • Bring plenty of business cards to exchange with your new contacts. 
  • Take advantage of all the networking options on the My Academy app.
  • You can get involved in AAOS as much or as little as you want.  See the Political Action Committee (PAC) booth or the Board of Councilors (BOC) booth in the Exhibits Hall. 

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Still have questions?  Take a trip through our Annual Meeting website to get even more information about the meeting. We have designed the pages with you in mind and hope you find everything you need. If not, please contact us: Email: