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Published 3/1/2013
Bonnie Emberton

Technology Enhances Education at Annual Meeting

For years, attendees at the AAOS Annual Meeting have been able to meet with the authors of scientific posters and scientific exhibits during defined hours. But thanks to techology breakthroughs and contributions to the AAOS Education Enhancement Fund (AEEF), those limits are no more.

An expanded Poster Enhancement Project enables presenters of both scientific posters and scientific exhibits to add audio narration to their research. Attendees will be able to listen to the presenter’s commentary and interact by sharing their thoughts, comments, and questions via smart phone, tablet, or computer. 

Introduced at the 2012 Annual Meeting in San Francisco, the ­iPosters project was a huge success with both attendees and presenters. Access to more than 270 iPosters was available online.  

Posters feature new investigations, new methods, and innovative research. Scientific exhibits graphically illustrate studies and complex procedures, using audiovisual and/or interactive demonstrations. More than 580 posters and more than 80 scientific exhibits will be presented during the 2013 AAOS Annual Meeting.

Authors of the posters and scientific exhibits will still be on hand and in person during the meeting (11:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m., Wednesday through Friday), but the enhanced iPosters and iScientific exhibits provide author access anytime, anywhere—including after the meeting, when the enhanced iPosters and iScientific exhibits will be online (http://aaos.posterview.com). Currently shows 2012 posters; 2013 posters will be available the week before the meeting.

“The poster enhancement session allowed me to display my work with greater clarity,” one presenter said. 

“I am convinced that iPosters gave our project wider exposure,” said another. “I found being able to access other posters whose authors participated in iPosters to be a terrific development, especially the ability to scan, tag, and download the poster for further review.”

“The format was very user-friendly and gave me a great opportunity to share my research,” added another participant. “The project enabled me to interact with other researchers interested in the same topic and strengthened an eventual manuscript submission.”

Take advantage of this innovative approach to orthopaedic education. During the AAOS Annual Meeting, visit the poster and scientific exhibit areas of Academy Hall B in McCormick Place with your smart phone, tablet, or laptop to hear the presenter’s commentary. After the meeting, visit http://aaos.posterview.com

The AEEF is committed to assisting the Academy in providing AAOS members with world-class education and innovation. For more information, visit www.oref.org/aaos-education

Bonnie Emberton is OREF director of development. She can be reached at 847-384-4353 or emberton@oref.org