2023 Year In Review: Annual Meeting

Annual Meeting Highlights

"We're Back"... In-Person Meeting Experiences Deliver Energizing Opportunities to Interact and Network Face-to-Face 

The opportunity to connect with colleagues from around the world and varying subspecialties is one of the most valued aspects of the AAOS Annual Meeting. The Las Vegas experience brought together orthopaedic professionals from around the world, marking the most significant turnout the Academy has seen since the COVID-19 pandemic.  

Networking highlights: 

  • Meaningful relationships were formed at events like the New Member Luncheon, Resident Bowl, Speed Mentoring for Residents, and PrideOrtho Luncheon. 
  • Attendees gathered to learn about how AAOS’s member benefits can help them strive in the orthopaedic field at the Resource Center.  

World-Class Education Takes Center Stage in Las Vegas 

More than 2,000 faculty members contributed to an exceptional education program featuring a diverse array of learning formats and spanning each orthopaedic subspecialty area. 
Education program highlights: 

  • OrthoDome® provided an education experience that spanned over 2.5 days. Members can watch select OrthoDome videos on OVT.  
  • A new Spanish-Language track debuted to better engage with our Spanish-speaking members.  
  • The Medical Student Program expanded to include 200 students who are excited to enter the world of orthopaedics. 
  • Paper and poster abstracts showcased the latest research developments in the field.  


AAOS Exhibit Hall Offered Cutting Edge Innovation 

The 2023 Annual Meeting Exhibit Hall spanned more than 200,000 square feet of exhibit space and featured hands-on experience with the latest innovation and technologies and devices in musculoskeletal care from more than 600 companies.  

Education programming in the Exhibit Hall offered in-depth and hands-on opportunities for attendees to discover new ways to transform their practice and advance patient care. Meeting participants were also able to enjoy Happy Hour in the Hall on Thursday afternoon.  

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Annual Meeting Pays Tribute to AAOS Leaders 

AAOS 2023 continued a long tradition of honoring and celebrating those whose contributions advance the field of orthopaedics. 

Recognition highlights: 

  • Your Academy 2023 featured members of the AAOS Presidential Line with professional golfer Tom Watson as a guest speaker. 
  • Germany was welcomed as the Guest Nation, and the Combined meeting of Orthopaedic Associations was held.  
  • Engagement Theater sessions included ‘Women in Orthopaedics Worldwide’; ‘Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion within an Orthopaedic Department’; and ‘Wartime Orthopaedic Surgery: Update Ukraine’ presented by featured leaders. 


International Involvement at Annual Meeting 

Annual Meeting participation reached across the globe to include and honor international membership. International highlights: 

  • 70+ international orthopaedic society presidents from around the world were recognized at the International Presidents Breakfast.  
  • Dr. Oleksandr Rikhter, President, AO Ukraine, shared the challenges, needs, and opportunities of treating casualties in wartime Ukraine at ‘Wartime Orthopaedic Surgery: Update Ukraine’ in the Engagement Theater.  
  • For the first time, a Spanish Speaking track to bring Spanish-speaking Annual Meeting participants Spanish language sessions.