Speed Mentoring for Residents connects trainees with practicing surgeons for on-the-spot tips for navigating the transition to full-fledged practice.


Published 12/20/2023

Robust Resident Programming Slated for the AAOS 2024 Annual Meeting

Residents can engage with expert faculty and participate in tailored learning activities

The AAOS 2024 Annual Meeting in San Francisco offers participants the opportunity to experience the latest in orthopaedics, firsthand. Throughout the meeting, Feb. 12 to 16, 2024 (Monday through Friday), at the Moscone Center, attendees at all career stages will witness the exchange of insights, education rooted in the latest practice techniques, state-of-the-art exhibits, and collaboration among a diverse audience of healthcare and industry professionals. Orthopaedic surgery residents can especially benefit from participating in an expansive program developed to meet their unique educational needs and foster a collaborative, fun meeting experience.

“I decided to come to the AAOS Annual Meeting because it is the place to be. It only happens once a year. Everyone’s here. It’s a great opportunity to network, to meet old friends across the country,” said Alex Gu, MD, orthopaedic surgery resident at George Washington University and AAOS social media ambassador. “As a resident, you’re spending all your time largely just trying to learn the material—learn the textbooks or the bullets, all that stuff. But what we don’t really get are the financial aspects, the mentorship, the networking, which the AAOS Annual Meeting has.”

Tuesday’s Peer-to-Peer Mentoring Program is an opportunity for residents to receive insights from the fellowship trail while fostering personal and professional relationships with colleagues from across the country. Residents interested in participating are invited to complete a brief matching questionnaire at bit.ly/AAOSPeerMentor2024, also accessible via the QR code below or on the Annual Meeting Mobile App. The questionnaire allows participants to either request a mentor or volunteer to serve as a mentor.

The Orthopaedic Influencer Series allows residents to get up close and personal with others who have succeeded in ascending within orthopaedics and learn what it takes to create positive change in the field through knowledge, position, and authority. The 2024 series will feature three orthopaedic luminaries with sessions on Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday.

Speed Mentoring for Residents will be held Wednesday morning. This interactive session will help residents navigate the transition from resident to practicing physician. Residents will have the opportunity to engage with and ask questions to icons in the field as well as young practicing surgeons.

Preparing for practice
Residents can develop their practice-management skills on Tuesday morning at the Essential Coding and Reimbursement for Starting Practice session. This ticketed session is designed to help residents prepare to begin practice with knowledge and power. Faculty will address the basic elements of CPT, ICD-10, and diagnosis coding.

Taking place later on Tuesday, Practice Management for Residents and Fellows-in-Training is a 4-hour session reviewing the essential elements of practice management. Participants will hear from an impressive lineup of faculty on topics that span understanding billing and personal finance, running your practice, choosing your first job, negotiating a contract, starting off your practice right, and navigating the legal and workers’ compensation aspects of orthopaedic practice.

The Forum for Young Orthopaedic Surgeons with the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery (ABOS) will be held Wednesday. Attendees can meet with ABOS Executive Medical Director David F. Martin, MD, FAAOS, to learn critical information about ABOS requirements and procedures.

Impact and advance residency education
The Resident Assembly (RA) is an advisory body to AAOS on issues important to orthopaedic residents. In addition, the RA provides a forum for orthopaedic residents to embrace their roles as patient advocates and lifelong learners.

The RA is an integral and meaningful part of AAOS and is comprised of orthopaedic surgery residents and fellows-in-training who are pursuing ABOS, American Osteopathic Board of Orthopedic Surgery, or Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada certifications in the United States or Canada.

The RA Business Meeting will take place Wednesday afternoon. Attend the meeting to hear updates on the 2024 initiatives and vote for the new members-at-large of the RA Executive Committee.

Residents are also encouraged to join resident delegates and program directors for the RA Education Forum on Thursday morning. This forum is a working session regarding the current state of resident education, seeking solutions to improve resident leadership, involvement, and education. Residents can volunteer to participate, including serving on the discussion panel. Suggestions for hot topics to discuss are also being accepted online at aaos.org/annual/resident.

Friendly competition at the Resident Bowl
Returning for its seventh year due to popular demand, the AAOS Resident Bowl will close out the afternoon on Wednesday. Residents are invited to compete on teams in a game-style setting, answering orthopaedic and non-orthopaedic trivia for grand and runner-up prizes. All Annual Meeting attendees are welcome to be in the audience. Learn more and sign up for a team today at aaos.org/annual/resident. Complimentary food and beverages will be served.

Residents save big on Annual Meeting OnDemand
Registration for the meeting is open now at aaos.org/annual, and advance registration discounts end Jan. 12, 2024.

Residents can take the full meeting home with them and access all of the education anytime, anywhere with AAOS 2024 Annual Meeting OnDemand. The user-friendly online library of recorded content can be purchased by residents through the end of the meeting for just $199. Select Gold Registration when signing up for the meeting to lock in OnDemand access at the best rates while you are signing up to attend in San Francisco.