The Academy remains committed to bringing world-class education to the orthopaedic community. Due to the rescheduling of the AAOS 2021 Annual Meeting, abstract and application submissions will remain open through October 1. Visit FAQs for Faculty & Presenters for more information.
In accordance with the Strategic Plan, the AAOS is committed to high-quality research and engaged scholarship by all Academy members. As part of this commitment, we value diversity and inclusion across our educational platforms and strongly encourage inclusion of those underrepresented in orthopaedics on your Symposia and ICL faculty.
ICL/Symposia Deadline - Ocotober 1, 2020
Paper and Poster Deadline - October 1, 2020
Ask an Expert - October 1, 2020
TechTalks - October 1, 2020
Orthopaedic Video Theater Deadline: October 1, 2020
All Instructional Course Lecture and Symposia applications will be accepted in the following classifications: Adult Reconstructive Hip and Knee, Basic Science, Foot and Ankle, General, Hand and Wrist, Musculoskeletal Oncology, Pediatrics, Practice Management, Shoulder and Elbow, Spine, Sports Medicine and Trauma.
AAOS will continue with track education in the classifications below; and requests applications for specific Instructional Course Lectures (ICLs) within the Specialist and/or General education tracks. To learn more about submittal for a specific track, click on the classification button below.
Advanced: This track is meant to provide higher level education for surgeons who are specialists; and in their first 5-8 years of practice after fellowship as well as those further in their career with a specialty interest.
Moderate: This track is meant to provide basic information such as tibial nailing, or primary THA tips, etc.
Track applications will be accepted in the following classifications:
Share your knowledge across the following learning formats:
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.)
Case Presentation Instructional Course Lecture:
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.)
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.
Meant for cutting edge, controversial, new or innovative topics. Debate formats work well for a symposium. A diverse faculty also works well for a symposium. 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.
Papers and Posters
There is one application for Paper and Poster presentations. Place a check mark in the corresponding box indicating your preference. 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: Tuesday - Wednesday, and Thursday - Friday. The presenters are required to be at their Poster from 11:30AM until 12:30PM each day (except Saturday) 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.
Ask an Expert
45-minute sessions provide an interactive learning opportunity for attendees to present perplexing cases to experts in orthopaedics.
45-minute presentations that showcase current electronic products and applications beneficial for orthopaedic surgeons and their staff.
There will be a 32-day disclosure grace period for the Paper/Poster abstracts (October 1, 5:00 PM Central Standard Time thru November 2nd , 5:00 Central Standard Time) should you need to contact your co-authors regarding disclosure. This grace period applies only to disclosure only. During this time, you cannot make any changes to your abstract.
Tips for Writing a Good Abstract
Other Association Deadlines
Journal of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons call for research papers & case reports: