Showdown! At the 2017 Annual Meeting in San Diego, moderator Leesa M. Galatz, MD, kept order as Bradford O. Parsons, MD (middle), and Patrick St. Pierre, MD, faced off over the topic "reverse versus anatomic shoulder arthroplasty."  This year's Showdowns® will feature your surgeon colleagues taking sides on topics "technology in knee arthroplasty" (Wednesday, March 7, 8–9 a.m.) and "management of cuff tears" (Thursday, March 8, 1:30–2:30 p.m.). Who will win? Attend and decide!


Published 2/1/2018
Terry Stanton

Let the Learning Roll!

The Annual Meeting offers a complete educational experience in the wonderful setting of the Big Easy

New Orleans, the place for good food, good music, and good times, will also be the destination for the best in orthopaedic education as the Crescent City hosts the Academy's 2018 Annual Meeting March 6–10.

This year's meeting features an abundance of premium educational offerings designed to meet the needs of today's orthopaedic surgeon, with the opportunity to earn as many as 33 American Medical Association Physician's Recognition Award Category 1 CreditsTM from a wealth of choices.

Marc R. Safran, MD, chair of the Central Program Committee, notes that the wide array of options at the meeting lets you choose offerings in the formats that work best for your educational goals. "This means our tried-and-true lecture-based and didactic programs—including symposia, ICLs, and a daily slate of outstanding scientific paper presentations—as well as innovative and engaging ways for delivering information and insight you can take home to your practice and patients," he said.

The highly acclaimed formats of Flash Five ® , The Way I See It … ® , and Showdowns ® will again be offered. Showdowns are intense and entertaining debates between leading experts about current hot topics, with the audience picking the winner. Flash Five is a surge of knowledge given in 5-minute bites by each presenter within one hour, so that you will hear from 10 leading experts across the breadth of orthopaedic surgery providing insight on critical points and on what lies ahead. The Way I See It … lays out the whys of what the experts do in their fields of expertise.

"Hear what each presenter wants you to know as experts share their experience and views," Dr. Safran said.

One presentation not to be missed, noted Dr. Safran, is "The Way I See It… Leveraging Digital Technology: Managing Patients from Afar," which will provide insight into the hows, whys, and ramifications of the ever-increasing use of technology in orthopaedic surgery, and how it may enhance your practice. It will be presented in the Technology Theater on Wednesday, March 7 at 11 a.m.

Another event you might want to circle is the President's Symposium: "The Use and Misuse of Biologics in Orthopaedic Surgery: Platelet-rich Plasma and Stem Cells." AAOS President William J. Maloney, MD, will moderate a panel discussion on this high-interest topic. "There is a high level of interest in biologics for the treatment of musculoskeletal conditions from both patients and physicians," Dr. Maloney said. "As these products, in general, are autologous and minimally manipulated, they are not regulated by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). As a result, their use has grown rapidly. This symposium will examine current trends in usage, our current understanding of potential mechanisms of action, and clinical indications, as well as identify knowledge gaps for further research."

The panel for this symposium, occurring on Friday, March 10, 8–10 a.m.—will include James B. Bradley, MD; Constance R. Chu, MD; Jason L. Dragoo, MD; William M. Mihalko, MD, PhD; Scott A. Rodeo, MD; Kevin G. Shea, MD; and a speaker from the FDA.

The Annual Meeting also offers many opportunities for self-directed learning, with choices including the scientific exhibits and posters in both traditional and electronic formats; the peer-reviewed video and multimedia programs at the Orthopaedic Video Theater; and the latest technology and applications on display in the Technology Theater.

The true-to-its-name Game Changers Paper session is Friday, March 9, 1:30–3:30 p.m., and will again include one hour of presentations on research that could affect how orthopaedics is practiced, followed by "The Way I See It…Orthopaedists Changing the Game," with presentations by Kevin J. Bozic, MD, MBA, on the "Future of Educating Orthopaedists in New Healthcare Delivery Model System," Dr. Rodeo  on "Biologics," and Paul Tornetta III, MD, on "Most Treatment Choices Should Be Made by the Patient!"

The Annual Meeting will also feature a wealth of impressive research findings, both in the extensive offering of scientific paper presentations and in the posters.

"This year, to increase the exposure of so much great research our members are performing, there will be two poster sessions, allowing for the display of more than 1,000 posters to disseminate game-changing research," Dr. Safran said.

The first poster session will be Tuesday and Wednesday, with the second session Thursday through Saturday.

Attendees will also want to consider taking one of 19 Poster Tours, which provide a personal (electronic) tour of selected outstanding posters at the Poster Stage in Academy Hall.

"And make sure to come join us at the Poster Breakfast Ceremony on Friday, March 9, at 7 a.m., to meet and greet the top winners," Dr. Safran said.

As always, the Annual Meeting features a comprehensive menu of ICLs.

"We are excited to feature more than 240 ICLs across 13 classifications" said James I. Huddleston III, MD, chair of the Central Instructional Courses Committee. "We offer education for those in general practice of orthopaedics, as well as the specialist." He noted that ICLs, including the following, will also serve as 2-hour review courses:

  • ICL 250 "Mini-Review of Sports Medicine Upper Extremity"
  • ICL 245 "Evaluation and Management of Common Hand and Wrist Conditions for the General Orthopaedic Surgeon"
  • ICL 251 "Trauma Mini-Review: Hot Topics and the Latest Treatment Strategies in Orthopaedic Trauma"
  • ICL 346 "High Yield Review for the Pediatric Orthopaedic Surgery Maintenance of Certification Exam"

Dr. Huddleston added, "As we have heard from our participants, offering a new time of 11 a.m.– 12:30 p.m., Wednesday through Friday, for our ICLs, symposia, and paper sessions is beneficial for our education, and it allows for more networking and interaction in our premiere Exhibit Hall."

At the Annual Meeting, Dr. Huddleston continued, "We have a wide array of options to meet preferred learning styles. Our meeting provides several opportunities for you to interact with not only your colleagues but seasoned faculty as well. For example, we offer the Case Presentation courses, allowing engagement in collaborative table discussions after reviewing case data and hearing the final solution from experts, while our Technical Skills courses provide video focusing on positioning, approach, and step-by-step technical tips."

Dr. Huddleston also noted the 11 Career Development courses "that will benefit those who would like to enhance their professional life."

Dr. Safran added that the Academy collaborated with Italy, the 2018 Guest Nation, on Symposium N, "Orthopaedic Surgery of Pelvis: Controversies in Diagnostics and Treatment of Infections after Total Hip Arthroplasty," which will discuss reconstruction in pelvic fractures, infections, tumor, and bone losses on Wednesday, March 7, 4–6 p.m.

The third annual Resident Bowl will take place Thursday, March 8, 4–6 p.m., and is an opportunity for residents to compete in a trivia game-style event. All residents are encouraged to attend and cheer for their colleagues at what has become an Annual Meeting highlight. No word yet on what garb master of ceremonies David D. Teuscher, MD, will don.

Also of interest to the rising physician is "Practice Management for Residents and Fellows-in-Training," on Tuesday, March 6, 12:30–5 p.m., which will offer didactic lectures and panel discussions to provide the foundation for an effective transition from trainee to practicing physician. Dr. Safran invites residents and fellows to attend this half-day course that covers essential elements of practice management not covered in most residency programs. While it may be especially beneficial for PGY-4 and PGY-5 residents and fellows in the United States, all are welcome to attend.

All meeting attendees should be sure to download the My Academy mobile app, which provides access to many resources, including the ICL handouts and the important evaluation forms.

Both Dr. Huddleston and Dr. Safran emphasized that attendees' critical and constructive assessment of each session is essential.

"Our committees review these evaluations to help us determine the curriculum that will maintain the high standards expected by those attending the Annual Meeting. You are encouraged to complete and submit these reviews, as having your feedback is crucial in ensuring we provide the very best educational offerings at our Annual Meeting."

Evaluations are only available electronically and can be found in the My Academy mobile app.

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"We look forward to seeing you in New Orleans," Dr. Safran said. "The AAOS Annual Meeting sets the standard in providing you with a comprehensive learning experience, in a city that is like no other."

Terry Stanton is the senior science writer for AAOS Now. He can be reached at