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Published 3/1/2017

Don’t Miss the Technical Exhibits at Annual Meeting

At the AAOS Annual Meeting, learning extends well beyond the educational sessions. The Technical Exhibits offer attendees 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, Exhibits Committee chair.

“With more than 625 companies exhibiting, there is so much to do in the exhibit halls: see, touch, and compare products; attend presentations and demonstrations; and ask questions of representatives,” he said.

Exhibits will be on display at the San Diego Convention Center in Hall A-H from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. on Wednesday and Thursday, and from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. on Friday. 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.

Dr. Moskal noted the following new offerings for the 2017 Annual Meeting: 

  • The mid-morning break on Friday has been expanded to provide one hour of unopposed exhibit time from 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.
  • To assist attendees with finding their way around the exhibit hall, Wayfinders will be located outside the entrances of Halls A, C, E, and G. Here, attendees can search for exhibitors and products, and receive directions to specific booths. Printed exhibit hall maps with exhibitor booth listings will also be available.
  • Some exhibitors will be conducting non–continuing medical education (CME) Bioskills Sessions at the San Diego Convention Center. Advance registration for these sessions is handled solely by the exhibitors that have secured Bioskills Session space. The Academy is not responsible for the content, faculty, or registration of attendees for these exhibitor Bioskills Session events.

Included among the more than 625 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 residents to experienced practitioners.

“This is the largest gathering of orthopaedic product and service companies in the world,” said Dr. Moskal. “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.”

He added that “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.”

What follows 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 138 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

Technology Pavilion
Plan to attend presentations in the AAOS Technology Theater, Booth 1455. Current technology, products, and applications designed to streamline orthopaedic practice and enhance your image are showcased. For a complete listing of presenters and topics, visit www.aaos.org/exhibits

AAOS Bistro
Eat, meet, and network! The AAOS Bistro is conveniently located in Hall A 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.aaos.org/bistro

Complimentary Beverage Breaks
Take a break between scientific sessions to enjoy complimentary beverages at Booths 1260, 2956 and 5657. 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 11:00 a.m., and 2:30 to 3:30 p.m.

Exhibit Hall Social
Stop by the Complimentary Beverage Break Booths on Friday from 2:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. for warm, fresh churros or fresh fruit, as well as coffee and other beverages.

AAOS Redemption Centers
Visit the AAOS Redemption Centers—Booths 762 and 6055—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, visit www.aaos.org/exhibits

Don’t miss the Technical Exhibits—they are certain to enhance your Annual Meeting experience!

Industry-Sponsored Events
The list of exhibitor-sponsored educational events has been made available by the AAOS as a service to our attendees and is for information only. The Academy is not responsible for the content or faculty of these exhibitor-sponsored educational events and does not accredit these events for CME or any other purpose.  

Pacira Pharmaceuticals
Tuesday, March 14
6:00 p.m.–7:30 p.m.
Hilton Bayfront San Diego, Sapphire E-F
Introduction to Pacira Pharmaceuticals’ PILLAR Trial: Local Infiltration Analgesia With and Without Liposomal Bupivacaine Following Total Knee

NYU Langone Hospital for Joint Diseases
Tuesday, March 14
7:00 p.m.–10:00 p.m.
Hilton Bayfront San Diego, Indigo D
Value Based Healthcare Consortium Presents Value Based Care and Its Implications

Cara Therapeutics
Wednesday, March 15
6:00 a.m.–7:30 a.m.
Manchester Grand Hyatt, Lobby Level Grand Hall A
Moving Beyond Mu with Kappa Opioid Receptor Agonists—Leaving the Baggage Behind

Zimmer Biomet
Wednesday, March 15
6:00 p.m.–9:00 p.m.
Gaslamp District, between blocks J and K
Evening of Education

T-REX Rehab
Wednesday, March 15
6:00 p.m.–8:30 p.m.
Hilton Bayfront San Diego, Sapphire E
T-REX Rehab Reception

OrthoSpace, Ltd
Thursday, March 16
6:00 p.m.–8:00 p.m.
Hilton Bayfront San Diego, Aqua Salon CD
OrthoSpace Presentation

Thursday, March 16
6:00 p.m.–7:30 p.m.
Omni San Diego Hotel, Grand Ballroom A-B
Proven Methods in Outpatient Joint Replacement