AAOS 2021 Annual Meeting, is taking place Aug. 31 to Sept. 3 at the San Diego Convention Center.


Published 8/31/2021
Joseph A. Bosco III, MD, FAAOS; Daniel K. Guy, MD, FAAOS

Welcome to Another Gold Medal Event!

At long last, we meet again. We are more than delighted to see you here in beautiful San Diego as we convene for the AAOS Annual Meeting, the world’s premier orthopaedic event. We are confident that you will enjoy an outstanding experience that exceeds your expectations.

The COVID-19 vaccines that were developed and authorized for emergency use in the United States at a seemingly miraculous pace have made it possible for us to see our colleagues and friends for the first in-person Annual Meeting since 2019. But, as medical professionals, we are mindful that the pandemic has not been conquered. Here in San Diego, we are following a comprehensive safety protocol that reflects real-time knowledge about COVID-19. Check the My Academy app for the most up-to-date requirements and recommendations for all our guests.

Joseph A. Bosco III, MD, FAAOS, AAOS Past President
Daniel K. Guy, MD, FAAOS, AAOS President

Our member volunteers and staff have worked hard to plan an Annual Meeting that offers the high-quality educational content members have come to expect from AAOS, in a variety of formats and settings designed to suit your learning style, areas of interest or specialty, and career stage. We recommend you take advantage of the My Academy app, so you can customize your experience and plan your schedule. The app enables users to build their own agendas for education, exhibits, and networking by using the following functions:

  • Add must-attend educational programs.
  • Select Exhibit Hall activities and exhibitors you wish to visit.
  • Connect with faculty and attendees across all specialties.
  • Purchase Instructional Course Lecture (ICL) tickets.

Use the app or your program book to finalize your choices from among a wide array of offerings, including:

  • more than 200 ICLs (and 121 new sessions), with tickets still available for many ICLs
  • a daily selection of symposia covering high-interest topics and featuring respected thought leaders sharing their knowledge and candid opinions
  • more than 800 paper presentations and some 1,000 posters offered in two sessions (today–tomorrow and Thursday–Friday) and accessible as ePosters

If that’s not enough, we are debuting new learning formats this year: our Influencer Series for Residents and a new Engagement Theater in Academy Hall covering a variety of topics.

Another unique feature of this year’s meeting is the reworking of “Specialty Day.” Programming that is traditionally slated for the Saturday following the meeting will instead be woven throughout the week’s schedule. Check the My Academy app or meeting program to scan what your society may be offering.

Be sure to make time to visit the Exhibit Hall, open tomorrow through Friday, to discover innovative devices and solutions that will help you enhance your practice and transform patient care. Best of all, you have plenty of time to explore the Exhibit Hall without missing your planned continuing medical education (CME) sessions, as we have reserved more than seven hours of dedicated exhibit time.

The Exhibit Hall is also where you can find additional, non-CME educational opportunities, such as Ask an Expert sessions, Tech Talks, Industry Lunch and Learns, and Bioskills Workshops. Of course, don’t leave the hall without redeeming your coupons for your complimentary AAOS tote bag and T-shirt or entering to win prizes such as an iPad, GoPro camera, gift certificates, and more.

Another must-visit is Academy Hall, your one-stop shop for accessing your AAOS member resources. Staff are on hand to help you with questions about membership, education, career planning, quality, research, advocacy, and so on. Visitors can find new ways to get connected and involved, update their profiles for a more personalized experience, and let AAOS know how it can further support members.

You can also explore self-assessment examinations on a broad range of topics relevant to your practice and patient care at Academy Hall, helping you meet Maintenance of Certification (MOC) requirements and goals. Representatives from the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery are available to discuss Board Certification options, help you determine your progress, and clarify your requirements and options to fulfill them.

Spend some time in the Orthopaedic Video Theater (OVT) to view the vast and growing collection of expert, high-quality, dynamic orthopaedic videos from diverse perspectives, including globally renowned experts, leading institutions, industry partners, and OVT users.

The new Engagement Theater offers daily presentations on a variety of topics, ranging from advocacy and research updates, to registries, to mentoring and MOC information.

If you are a resident member, a variety of events are planned for you, including the Resident Bowl and Speed Mentoring for Residents. Coding and Reimbursement and Practice Management courses tailored to residents and fellows are also available. Residents are also encouraged to visit the AAOS Resource Center to learn more about the Resident Orthopaedic Core Knowledge Program (ROCK).

Of course, for many attendees, the highlight of the Annual Meeting is Thursday’s Your Academy event. This year, we will honor the Humanitarian, Diversity, and William W. Tipton Jr, MD, Leadership Award recipients for the past two years, and you will have the chance to offer personal congratulations to each honoree in Academy Hall afterward. Likewise, the recipients of the 2021 Kappa Delta Orthopaedic Research Award and the Orthopaedic Research and Education Foundation Clinical Research Award will be recognized, and Presidential Line leaders will address the membership to share their perspectives and priorities for the organization and the profession. We also eagerly await hearing from our keynote speaker, renowned former NCAA Division I college basketball coach Roy Williams, recently retired from a stellar career.

We hope this welcoming message has helped you craft an Annual Meeting experience that is professionally and personally rewarding for you and underscored our commitment to conducting our event in adherence to rigorous safety standards. Again, we are delighted to finally see you in person.

Joseph A. Bosco III, MD, FAAOS, was the AAOS 2020–2021 president and is professor in the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery at New York University (NYU) Grossman School of Medicine, director of Quality and Patient Safety at NYU Langone Orthopedic Hospital, and vice chair for clinical affairs in the Department of Orthopaedic Medicine at NYU Langone Health.

Daniel K. Guy, MD, FAAOS, is 2021–2022 AAOS president and is in private practice with Emory Southern Orthopaedics in
LaGrange, Ga.