As you know, the Annual Meeting offers you the opportunity to experience the very best in orthopaedic education, research, and technology. You’ll also have the opportunity to experience the very best that New Orleans has to offer—in newly refurbished hotels and at a totally renovated convention center.


Published 8/1/2009
Joseph D. Zuckerman, MD

Something’s always new at the Annual Meeting

I hope you’re making plans to attend the 2010 AAOS Annual Meeting in New Orleans. And I am excited to share with you news of a recent—and very important—change in the timing of the meeting.

Even I have to admit, however, that there just aren’t enough hours in the day to do or see everything you’d want to at the AAOS Annual Meeting. In Las Vegas, for example, there were more than 30 symposia, 675 podium presentations, 565 posters, 190 instructional courses, 85 scientific exhibits, and 450 technical exhibits. With the increasing interest in orthopaedic research and new developments in treatment and surgical techniques, it would be hard to justify cutting back, so the AAOS has sought other ways to reduce the number of concurrent sessions without compromising the educational benefits of the meeting.

The Annual Meeting Committee, under the leadership of Charles T. Price, MD, recently recommended a change in program scheduling, which was approved by the AAOS Board of Directors at our June meeting. Beginning with the 2010 meeting, we will shift some programming to Tuesday. This means the 2010 Annual Meeting will run from Tuesday, March 9, through Saturday (Specialty Day), March 13.

Why Tuesday?
As you all know, the AAOS Annual Meeting follows on the heels of the annual meeting of the Orthopaedic Research Society (ORS). In 2010, the ORS is shifting its schedule to conclude on Tuesday instead of on Wednesday, as in previous years. Expanding the Annual Meeting to include Tuesday will enable the AAOS to maintain coprogramming with ORS and permit the introduction of several new educational programs.

The proposed Tuesday schedule provides for a balanced program of academic and clinical offerings, the opportunity for additional continuing medical education (CME) hours, and specialized programming presentations, as well as AAOS/ORS combined sessions. Traditional Tuesday offerings—such as the coding courses, the Practice Management Symposium for Orthopaedic Residents, the Practice Management Symposium for Orthopaedic Surgeons, and the playground build—will continue.

Beginning at 1:30 p.m., however, you’ll have the opportunity to attend symposia and instructional course sessions in the areas of Adult Reconstruction–Hip, Spine Research, Trauma, and Sports Injuries. Specialized education will include a Maintenance of Certification curriculum, courses on “Life after Orthopaedics” and Faculty Development, the presentation of the Kappa Delta Award papers, and combined AAOS/ORS symposia.

Although the technical exhibits will not open until Wednesday, you will be able to view the posters and scientific exhibits, visit the Resource and Placement Centers, and take in the Multimedia Education Center from 1 p.m to 6 p.m. on Tuesday.

The Annual Meeting Committee will assess the impact of this shift and report to the Board in June 2010 with recommendations for future meetings.

Beyond 2010
Although the move to Tuesday programming will accommodate AAOS/ORS coprogramming in 2010, the ORS has decided to hold its 2011 annual meeting separate from the Academy’s meeting. In June, the AAOS Board held a strategic discussion on the future of joint meetings with ORS President Regis J. O’Keefe, MD, PhD; Clare M. Rimnac, PhD, first vice president, and George F. Muschler, MD, treasurer.

The ORS representatives noted that the organization has grown substantially during the past 10 years, and about 30 percent of ORS members are also AAOS members. Approximately 400 people attended both the ORS and AAOS annual meetings last year. Increasing costs and space considerations, however, led to the decision to hold separate meetings in 2011.

It was evident to me and the other members of the AAOS Board that both organizations benefit from holding meetings together. But we also learned more about the challenges facing the ORS, particularly in the areas of cost, site selection, and branding, when we do hold our annual meetings in the same location.

The growth of the ORS is a good thing—for the AAOS and the field of orthopaedic surgery, as well as for the society itself. But this continued growth will make scheduling future meetings even more challenging in the years ahead. The number of cities that can host a meeting as large as the AAOS Annual Meeting is limited, and some cities may better fulfill the needs of the ORS than others do. But we remain committed to working together and keeping each other informed of our plans as they develop.

To encourage the continued interplay between the ORS and the AAOS—more important than ever as the emphasis on translational research increases—the AAOS Board has agreed to address some of the space and infrastructure issues identified by the ORS as impediments to meeting together during the 2012 Annual Meeting in San Francisco and the 2013 Annual Meeting in Chicago. As of this writing, the ORS has not yet decided how they will proceed in 2012 and 2013.

The relationship between the AAOS and the ORS is important, and the two organizations have a long, interdependent history. We look forward to further strengthening those ties and continuing to collaborate in a multitude of areas.

See you in New Orleans…where the good times roll!