At the AAOS Annual Meeting, learning extends well beyond the educational sessions. The Technical Exhibits, for example, offer an unparalleled opportunity to view and compare the latest in orthopaedic products and services.
“The Technical Exhibits provide attendees with a single destination—and multiple opportunities—to complement the educational activities of the AAOS Annual Meeting,” said Joseph T. Moskal, MD, FACS, Technical Exhibits chair.
“There is so much to do in the exhibit halls: see, touch, and compare products; attend demonstrations; and ask questions of representatives from more than 650 national and international companies,” he continued.
At this year’s meeting in Las Vegas, exhibits will be on display from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Wednesday and Thursday, and from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., Friday, in Venetian/Sands EXPO, Halls A-D. One hour of unopposed exhibit time will be provided each day from 12:30 p.m. to 1:30 p.m., enabling attendees to tour the exhibit floor without missing an educational session.
Included among the more than 650 exhibitors are companies specializing in implants, bone and tissue products, computer software, surgical equipment and instruments, and practice management. These products are designed to meet the specific needs of orthopaedic surgeons from resident to experienced practitioner.
“This is the largest gathering of orthopaedic product and service companies in the world; attendees can explore and compare thousands of innovative devices, software, applications, and business tools to assist them in providing a higher level of care to their patients and managing their practices more effectively,” Dr. Moskal said.
He added, “Exhibitors at the AAOS Annual Meeting make a considerable investment to meet with attendees. In return, attendee participation helps support the incomparable array of educational opportunities available at the meeting.”
The following is a sampling of the free non-CME educational opportunities and other activities sponsored by the AAOS that will be available in the exhibit halls.
Ask an Expert
Ask an Expert in booth 174 is an interactive opportunity for attendees to present a perplexing case to experts in orthopaedic specialties. Attendees are encouraged to bring their HIPAA-compliant case challenges and present them for diagnosis and recommendation. Audience participation will complement the exchange of ideas. Details on specific sessions and instructions for presenting cases are available on the AAOS website at www.aaos.org/exhibits
Electronic Skills Pavilion
Plan to attend presentations in the AAOS-sponsored Electronic Skills Pavilion, booth 4402. Current technology, products, and applications designed to streamline orthopaedic practice and enhance your image are showcased. Topics include cloud-based solutions for research, creating surgical videos, defending your Internet reputation, applying wearable technology to your orthopaedic practice, and more. For a complete listing of presenters and topics, visit www.aaos.org/exhibits
Eat, meet, and network! The AAOS Bistro is conveniently located in the exhibit hall with an all-inclusive buffet lunch and available table reservations. The AAOS Bistro is open Wednesday through Friday from 11:00 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. For more information and to order tickets, visit www.aaosbistro.com
Complimentary Beverage Breaks
Take a break between scientific sessions to enjoy complimentary beverages at booths 361, 6422, and 6456. The AAOS will provide complimentary beverages on Wednesday and Thursday from 3:30 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. and on Friday from 10:00 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.
Be sure to stop by the Complimentary Beverage Break Booths on Friday from 2:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. for a beverage and biscotti—perfect for dunking in coffee! Fresh fruit and other beverages will also be available.
AAOS Redemption Centers
Visit the AAOS Redemption Centers—booths 162, 6620, and 6658—to pick up a complimentary tote bag and AAOS T-shirt. Enter to win an iPad, GoPro camera, and more! Check your registration packet for special coupons, redeemable exclusively at AAOS Redemption Centers.
For information about other activities on the exhibit floor, including schedules, visit www.aaos.org/exhibits
Visiting the Technical Exhibits is sure to enhance your Annual Meeting experience. Don’t miss it!
Maureen Leahy is assistant managing editor of AAOS Now. She can be reached at email@example.com