AAOS/AOFAS Foot and Ankle Surgical Skills for Orthopaedic Residents

April 21-23, 2023, Rosemont, IL

Course #2303044

Course Cancellation Notice

AAOS has made the difficult decision to cancel this course. If you have already registered for this event, refunds will be issued by Wednesday, 3/23.

Please contact AAOS Customer Service with any questions. Thank you.


An interactive learning experience designed exclusively for residents!

Experience world-class orthopaedic education with content-packed days spent rotating between classroom sessions and hands-on cadaver labs, building your foundation of numerous foot and ankle open and arthroscopic procedures.

Working in pairs with another attendee and with the guidance of expert faculty, you'll have your own foot and ankle cadaver specimens to practice open and arthroscopic skills. 

Stay engaged with a dynamic mix of lectures, live and video surgical demonstrations, and faculty-participant discussion. 

View the course schedule for session details!

Spend nearly two full days in the state-of-the art lab practicing your surgical techniques for:

  • Bunions MIS & Lapidus/PMO
  • Hallux MTP Fusion
  • 5th MT Fractures
  • Calcaneus Fractures
  • Talus Fractures: Approaches and Fix
  • Flatfoot Correction
  • Hindfoot Arthrodesis - ST/Triple
  • Achilles-PERC, Open, FHL
  • Ankle Arthroscopy
  • Lateral Ligament Repair
  • Ankle ORIF to Include PL Approach
  • Ankle Fusion/TTC
  • Peroneal Groove Deepening

Residents will come away with not only practical clinical knowledge and technical expertise in orthopaedic foot and ankle surgery, but also a broader understanding of current and historical controversies, all of which will provide them a robust foundation for lifelong learning.

- Course Faculty Member, James R. Holmes, MD, FAAOS

Dive in to the dynamic world of foot and ankle surgery at this content-packed course! Learn more from Course Director Natalie Mesnier, MD, FAAOS:



New! Engagement Event

Friday, April 21 at the OLC Education & Conference Center (course location!)

Join your fellow attendees for a night of networking and gain exposure to the latest technology in the orthopaedic field.

When you attend this complimentary event you will:

  • Gain hands-on experience with cutting-edge technologies
  • Enjoy complimentary food and beverages
  • Network with other orthopaedic residents in the area
  • Share your innovative ideas with AAOS representatives and learn about your membership
  • Walk away with ortho swag and giveaways

Course Directors

William C. McGarvey, MD, FAAOS
UTHealth Houston
Houston, TX

Natalie S. Mesnier, MD, FAAOS
Multnomah Orthopedic Clinic
Portland, OR

Hear from Course Directors! 

JAAOS Journal Club Podcast: Chicken or the Egg: The Influence of Foot and Ankle Pathomechanics on Knee Pathology, in Conjunction with the AAOS/AOFAS Resident Surgical Skills Course

Listen Now!

Review article "Bridging the Gap: The Influence of Foot and Ankle Pathomechanics in Total Knee Arthroplasty" from the July 15, 2021 issue of JAAOS

Residents should attend this course because they will see the breadth and diversity of the entire specialty of foot and ankle surgery. In this singular specialty, residents will be able to manage acute trauma, reconstructive procedures, degenerative conditions, arthroplasty, sports related injury, and pathology, and developmental deformity - all in one area of orthopaedics. 

- William C. McGarvey, MD, FAAOS

Course Faculty

Chike Akoh, MD
Lara Atwater, MD, FAAOS
Jonathan D. Backus, MD, FAAOS
Taggart Taylor Gauvain, MD, FAAOS
Michael C. Greaser, MD, FAAOS
James R. Holmes, MD, FAAOS

James R. Lachman, MD, FAAOS
Jeremy J. McCormick, MD, FAAOS
Cesar De Cesar Netto Sr., MD, PhD
Anand Mahesh Vora, MD, FAAOS
Brian M. Weatherford, MD, FAAOS
Kathryn L. Williams, MD, FAAOS

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The lively exchange of ideas and techniques is one of the fun parts of being part of the foot and ankle community. As a resident, I was really attracted to foot and ankle because it was fun to watch my attendings playfully argue with one another during case conference each week. That exchange of ideas still excites me, and I am looking forward to having residents to be a part of it!

- Lara Atwater, MD, FAAOS

Registration Fees

Registration is limited to orthopaedic residents.

Resident Registration Fee: $1,599