Academy Hall will feature more than 1,000 posters, presenting the latest findings across orthopaedics. Visit aaos.org/vegas23 to learn more and register.

AAOS Now

Published 12/22/2022
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Terry Stanton

The AAOS 2023 Annual Meeting Is All About the Education

As the orthopaedic world’s premier event, the AAOS Annual Meeting—coming up on March 7 to 11, 2023, in Las Vegas—is the place where orthopaedic surgeons from around the globe gather to connect with each other and to encounter the latest in research, technology, and trends in the profession and surgical practice.

Education has always been the core of the Annual Meeting, and the 2023 meeting promises to uphold that tradition with a rich offering of programming, including symposia on cutting-edge and high-interest topics, Instructional Course Lectures (ICLs) featuring renowned faculty, and findings from studies spanning the specialties as presented in some 530 podium papers and 1,010 posters.

Academy Hall will feature more than 1,000 posters, presenting the latest findings across orthopaedics. Visit aaos.org/vegas23 to learn more and register.


While retaining the myriad educational sessions that are the foundation of the Annual Meeting, the 2023 meeting format has been reimagined. Register today and explore an education program that is more focused, more fun, and more interactive than ever before.

The 2023 meeting will feature an integrated approach to specialty society programming. In a format that “bookends” the week, the participating societies will stage their programs on either Tuesday, March 7, or Saturday, March 11. Additionally, AAOS content for the rest of the week is organized to align with specialty society programming. As 2023 Annual Meeting Committee Chair Matthew T. Provencher, MD, MBA, CAPT MC USNR (Ret.), FAAOS, explained, “If your specialty is meeting in the beginning of the week on Tuesday, the meeting will offer a ton of content that is related to that focus on Wednesday and Thursday. If your specialty society is offering programming on Saturday, you will be able to get a ton of content on Thursday and Friday tailored to that specialty.”

This format offers curated specialty society content on Tuesday and Saturday, and noncompeting AAOS content Tuesday through Friday, so you can better align your personal schedule with your interests and maximize your time in Las Vegas. “While we want you to come in as long as possible and enjoy the meeting, we know that many attendees are there for three to four days, and we want to provide an outstanding experience during that time frame,” Dr. Provencher said.

Julie E. Adams, MD, FAAOS, Central Program Committee chair, and Ronald A. Navarro, MD, FAAOS, Central Instructional Courses Committee chair, explained in a joint comment that the new format arose in a collaboration with the subspecialty societies. “This also allows AAOS to change the way we schedule programming; each specialty society will serve as an anchor, with AAOS planning that specialty’s content adjacent to the specialty society program timing,” they said. “This allows attendees the opportunity to spend the full week at AAOS and receive the full spectrum of orthopaedic education or alternatively to come for a shorter time for a more concentrated experience in their chosen subspecialty.”

Details on when each of the participating societies will meet are available on the Annual Meeting website.

OrthoDome is back
Returning for 2023—but bigger and better—is OrthoDome, the 4K surgical video experience that was a hit in Chicago. In Las Vegas, the OrthoDome promises to impress again—in an expanded setting to accommodate demand for the visually stunning offering. “We in orthopaedics are in an intensely visual field, and OrthoDome is a very high-end immersive visual experience, with how-to techniques, tips, and pearls from experts in the field,” Dr. Provencher said.

“We are continually exploring new ways to bring the best and most interactive educational experience to AAOS members,” Dr. Navarro said. “OrthoDome, presenting high-quality videos in a novel environment, is unlike any experience in AAOS Annual Meeting history.”

Explore the Exhibit Hall
Other additions to the 2023 meeting include a new session, Top 10 Paper Awards: Pivotal Moments, as well as the scheduling of one-hour scientific paper sessions from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. “to allow you to not only get the educational content you need, but have more time visit the Exhibit Hall and network,” Drs. Adams and Navarro said.

The Exhibit Hall schedule is planned with convenience in mind. With dedicated hours on each day Wednesday to Friday, it is the go-to destination to discover innovative devices and solutions to enhance your practice and transform patient care. There, on a dazzling scale, you can take advantage of the unique opportunity to:

  • see innovative offerings from more than 500 companies
  • connect with industry experts from major orthopaedic and device manufacturers
  • critically compare products and plan purchases for your hospital or practice

The Exhibit Hall will also host the return of an event that proved popular in its debut last year in Chicago: Happy Hour in the Hall, a chance to enjoy libations and connect with friends along with exhibitors and industry innovators. This dedicated time to unwind and explore will run for two convivial hours, from 3 to 5 p.m. on Thursday, March 9.

Get excited for AAOS 2023
Summing up her enthusiasm for the Las Vegas gathering, Dr. Adams said, “The AAOS Annual Meeting is a wonderful gathering of colleagues from all over the world—it represents the opportunity to collaborate and learn from each other in an affirming educational environment. The Annual Meeting provides educational offerings for surgeons at all stages of their careers—from medical students who may become interested in orthopaedics, to residents and fellows and candidate members just starting their practices, to our active members and our senior members. The offerings span the entire spectrum of orthopaedic surgery and each subspecialty niche, making education accessible and available to our members in one-stop shopping. Abundant educational, networking, and fellowship opportunities; exposure to the latest innovations; and the chance to visit with and learn from friends and colleagues are things that attendees value.”

To learn about all the many exciting features of the Las Vegas meeting, access the full program online and register today at aaos.org/vegas23. Don’t forget to secure your hotel reservations, as the popular choices are sure to sell out.

Also be sure to download the Annual Meeting Mobile App, your go-to resource for planning a productive and personalized agenda of educational events, exhibits, and networking opportunities. The app puts the meeting in your hands to ensure a smooth and seamless experience. When registering, consider selecting the Gold Package, giving you access to Annual Meeting OnDemand, an online library of recorded sessions so you can revisit sessions or catch what you missed.

Help shape future meetings
Dr. Adams noted that AAOS presents abundant opportunities for everyone to get involved. “Members can—and are encouraged—to shape the programming and educational offerings in multiple ways, including volunteering as a speaker or submitting a paper, poster, ICL, or symposium application,” she said. Members can help shape the future by applying to join one of the programming and course committees through the Committee Appointment Program.

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