Learning Formats

The five-day AAOS Annual Meeting offers attendees programming across several distinct learning styles, meaning you also have a wide variety of options when considering how to showcase your knowledge and research.

Each presenter at the AAOS Annual Meeting experiences an unparalleled opportunity to disseminate their work to the entire field. Nowhere else will your discoveries reach such a wide-ranging orthopaedic audience.

The AAOS Annual Meeting Features the Following Learning Formats

Case Presentation Instructional Course Lectures
Small table format with a moderator and 10 faculty as table facilitators (one for each table), with 4-8 cases discussed per course. Moderator presents a case and the table facilitator at each table aids in case discussion and plan formulation. Each table presents treatment plan and then moderator presents the final solution using Evidence Based Data including teaching points and references to support selected treatment. This application must list a moderator plus 10 orthopaedic faculty table facilitators at time of submission (11 total is maximum faculty limit).

Instructional Course Lectures (ICLs)
Didactic lecture and audience discussion, they represent the tried and true in orthopaedics. They often combine the pearls and pitfalls of procedures. Information presented in an ICL represents accepted principles and techniques as well as evidence based practice. Limited to three faculty and a moderator (four total is maximum faculty limit).

Comprised of several specialty-specific sessions, OrthoDome presentations are 7–12-minute HD or 4K videos of innovative orthopaedic surgical techniques. Videos are narrated live by presenters and are followed by short Q&A sessions. OrthoDome is a non-CME session that is included with Annual Meeting registration. Apply for individual presentations. If the application is accepted, the video is due prior to the meeting.

Orthopaedic Video Theater (OVT)
OVT video submissions undergo an extensive peer review by experts in the specialty area. Acceptance into the collection comes with benefits, including presentation at the Annual Meeting, opportunity for award-winning designation, video abstract inclusion in JAAOS, and availability to include the published video on your C.V.

Papers, Posters, and ePosters
There is one application for papers, posters and eposters. Select your preference in the dropdown menu on the application. The Program Committee will take this into consideration, but will not guarantee your preference.

Format: Poster presentations will be shown in two sessions over the course of the five day meeting: Monday-Tuesday, and Wednesday-Thursday. The presenters are required to be at their poster from 11:30 AM until 12:30 PM each day (except Friday) for discussion. A 45" x 45" tackboard will be provided for your use. If your abstract is accepted as a poster, you will also be required to submit as an ePoster.

There will be a disclosure grace period for the paper/poster abstracts from June 3, 5:00 PM CT, through July 2, 5:00 CT, should you need to contact your co-authors regarding disclosure. This grace period applies to disclosures only. During this time, you cannot make any changes to your abstract.

One-hour sessions meant for point/counterpoint engaging debates on techniques and/or controversial procedures.

One Moderator will engage the learners, ask questions, and mitigate the debates with up to 4 faculty that will debate each other (either 1:1 or 2:2).  The learners vote using the audience response system (ARS) as to who they believe won the debate(s).

Meant for cutting edge, controversial, new, or innovative topics. Debate formats work well for a symposium, as well as a diverse faculty. Symposia topics should be well balanced and feature a blend of differing styles, techniques, or management. Symposia should have a minimum of three speakers/maximum of 13 (12 faculty and a moderator). Time should be left at the end for questions and answers, a minimum of 15 minutes is suggested.

Technical Skills Instructional Course Lecture
Focused on positioning, approach, and step-by-step technical tips in an edited 10-minute video. This would be followed by a 10-minute discussion on pearls. Suggested 4-5 topics per session. This type of course works well with unique procedures (nail tibia, or if humers) or by dividing a more complex operation (Revision TKA). The faculty must be committed to preparing high quality edited video supplemented with slides as necessary and provide a 10-minute edited video that will be provided as a handout. Limited to three faculty and a moderator (four total is maximum faculty limit). If application is accepted, the edited 10-minute video is mandatory for this course - due at the time of handout deadline.

45-minute presentations that showcase current electronic products and applications beneficial for orthopaedic surgeons and their staff.

The Way I See It…®
Faculty provide candid opinions, just the way they see it, on contemporary, controversial and top-of-mind issues in Orthopaedics in these one-hour sessions.

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