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New to the AAOS Annual Meeting? Welcome! The following information is designed to help prepare you for the meeting and make the most out of your experience.

About the Meeting

The AAOS Annual Meeting is the largest and most comprehensive orthopaedic educational experience in the world. Orthopaedic professionals from around the globe attend in pursuit of the latest clinical, scientific, surgical technology and practice management knowledge and expertise.

How to Register

AAOS 2024 Annual Meeting registration is open now.

For Members & Returning Non-Members
If you are an AAOS member or if you have previously participated in the AAOS Annual Meeting, register online by clicking on the Member/Returning Attendees registration button and using your account log in information. Member savings will automatically be updated in your cart when you checkout. Please note that returning non-member Medical Students have special instructions this year that are outlined below.

For Non-Member First-Time Attendees
If you are not an AAOS member and you have not previously registered for the AAOS Annual Meeting, approval is required. Please note there are separate instructions for Medical Students that are outlined below. For all other non-member first-time attendees, streamline your registration process—complete the Request Approval to Attend Form now >

New! For Medical Students
Medical Students who wish to register for the meeting must be AAOS Members (it's free!). Once you have applied and received confirmation that your membership has been processed, you can register for the meeting as an AAOS Member when registration opens on Oct. 18. Learn more and get ready to become a Medical Student Member >

What’s Included?

Your registration includes access to premier education, and Instruction Course Lecture (ICL) and Specialty Society Program tickets can be added to your registration for an additoinal cost.

Your Registration Includes Exclusive Access to:

AAOS Annual Meeting Terms Explained

Before you know it, you’ll be an AAOS Annual Meeting insider. In the meantime, here is a quick overview of some of the acronyms and titles you can expect to hear and what they all mean.

Gold Registration
The Gold Registration Package adds the AAOS Annual Meeting OnDemand product to your meeting registration and provides you access to an online library with hundreds of hours of educational content from instructional courses, symposia, and papers. Revisit sessions you attended and participate in those you missed anytime, anywhere. Plus, earn up to 100 CME credits. Content will be available within 48 hours of live presentation, and is not live-streamed. Learn more about AAOS Annual Meeting OnDemand.

Instructional Course Lectures, or ICLs, are in-depth, experience-based sessions taught by world-renowned surgeons. Learn more and browse all AAOS Annual Meeting Learning Styles.

OrthoDome first debuted at AAOS 2022, and is a surgical video education experience featuring an impressively large screen and 4K resolution videos. Learn more.

Your Academy
Your Academy is an annual ceremony that takes place during the AAOS Annual Meeting. AAOS leaders speak about their visions for the future of AAOS and a Presidential Guest Speaker delivers a keynote address.

Annual Meeting Attire

When planning for your trip to the AAOS Annual Meeting, note that most attendees wear business professional attire. Comfortable shoes are recommended so you can cover as much ground as possible attending education sessions and visiting exhibits!


The AAOS Annual Meeting Frequently Asked Questions pages offer robust and detailed information that will help prepare you for your first meeting.

Private Meeting

The AAOS Annual Meeting is a private meeting. The AAOS reserves the right to control meeting space and may, at its sole discretion, remove persons from the meeting who are not registered, who do not meet attendance requirements or who cause disruptions.

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