At Case Presentation Courses, participants tackle challenging clinical scenarios and arrive at solutions through interaction with peers and expert instructors.


Published 5/11/2021
Terry Stanton

AAOS 2021 Annual Meeting: Instructional Courses Are Your Ticket to the Latest in Orthopaedic Advancements

Orthopaedic surgeons around the world know that the AAOS Annual Meeting, scheduled to occur live and in person in San Diego on Aug. 31–Sept. 3, is the premier educational event in the profession, featuring distinguished faculty sharing the latest findings to use in your practice.

Among the many stimulating educational events offered at the Annual Meeting, the centerpiece for many attendees is a comprehensive slate of Instructional Course Lectures (ICLs) that provide master-level, experience-based knowledge and techniques from world-renowned surgeons.

At Case Presentation Courses, participants tackle challenging clinical scenarios and arrive at solutions through interaction with peers and expert instructors.
Whether you catch a session in-person or OnDemand with the Gold Registration Package, Instructional Course Lectures equip you with the latest knowledge that you can use in your practice.

This year’s meeting offers an exceptional lineup from which to choose, including 121 new sessions—more than half of the total. New Career Development sessions will discuss mental health and wellness for orthopaedic surgeons, entrepreneurship, social media, career transitions, diversity, managing residents, and leadership. Perennial high-demand topics have been revamped and refreshed to reflect state-of-the-art techniques, the latest in research, and highly informed perspectives.

“We’re thrilled to debut 121 courses this year, a record number of new sessions with the most diverse faculty that we have ever had,” said Central Instructional Courses Committee Chair Eric J. Strauss, MD, FAAOS. “The wide array of learning formats deliver education across preferred learning styles, so you can interact with not only your colleagues, but seasoned faculty as well. For example, the Case Presentation courses feature collaborative table discussions focused on reviewing case data and hearing the final solution from experts, while our Technical Skills courses provide video guidance on positioning, approach, and step-by-step technical tips.”

Best of all, you can customize your learning experience whether you wish to deep-dive into your own practice focus or explore new areas and possibilities, with the option to select from advanced or moderate tracks.

As always, when you select ICLs for purchase, you can mix and match or choose from preselected ICL Tracks, which package courses in 10 subspecialties.

“Whether you’re in general practice or are a specialist, there’s truly something for everyone,” Dr. Strauss said.

Purchasing an ICL Track offers you several valuable benefits:

  • One free ICL
  • Session packages that are hand-picked and curated by the education track committee
  • Maximum use of your valuable meeting time
  • Strategic scheduling of your selected track to ensure the sessions do not conflict with same-specialty society programming, which will be woven throughout the meeting week this year

Dr. Strauss also noted, “We have listened to attendee feedback and are offering more 90-minute sessions to allow for expanded networking and interaction in our spectacular Exhibit Hall.”

To make the most of your Annual Meeting experience and fully explore the meeting’s theme of Engage in Excellence, visit now to register for the meeting and review the exciting array of ICLs, along with all the other top-flight educational opportunities you expect of the AAOS meeting.

By acting now, you will have first choice to reserve your spot in your desired courses. And with the purchase of an ICL Track, you can begin crafting your personalized meeting experience. Save on your ICL tickets when you purchase by July 23. Some sessions will surely sell out—so it pays to register early!

Outstanding as they are in their own right, the ICLs are just one component of the many enticing and valuable educational options that await you at the Annual Meeting. Visit to take in the full breadth of learning opportunities this event has to offer. When you register, consider selecting the Gold Registration Package for access to Annual Meeting OnDemand, an online library giving you flexibility to:

  • Revisit sessions you attended or catch what you missed
  • Learn any time across your web-enabled devices
  • Download PDF handouts and MP3 audio files
  • Explore new topics outside your practice area
  • Earn up to 100 CME credits with built-in testing

Also take the time now to book your hotel accommodations—at no risk! The specially selected hotels for the meeting are offered at discounted rates. And through the official hotel provider, onPeak, you can book your preferred hotel with no upfront cost and the ability to make changes or cancel without penalty until Aug. 10, 2021.

“We are excited to plan on being in San Diego for the Annual Meeting,” said AAOS President Daniel K. Guy, MD, FAAOS. “You’re going to get a chance to see your colleagues—whom you’ve been distanced from for a year or more—during the meeting and in the evening events.”

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