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Current News & Events From Our Partners

The information below has been provided by each organization. Please contact the organization directly with questions or comments. Updated January 22, 2021

AAHKS   |   AANA   |   ABOS   |   AJRR
CCJR  |  NASS   |   OTA   |   POSNA   |   USBJI     


2020 AAHKS Annual Meeting Recorded Course Now Available on LEARN
If you missed the 30th AAHKS Annual Meeting, held in Dallas and virtually Nov. 5-8, 2020, you can now access its top-notch content online! AAHKS members and non-members can now purchase the recorded course on the AAHKS LEARN educational platform.

Presentations, discussions and CME assessments allow you to catch up on cutting-edge research and earn up to 21.25 hours of CME at your convenience. Log onto the AAHKS LEARN Platform using your AAHKS online credentials and select “2020 AAHKS Annual Meeting” course to access the content. Members who attended the Annual Meeting (either in person or virtually) also have access to the recordings via the original course under LEARN’s “My Learning” tab.


Save the Date! AOSSM-AANA Combined 2021 Annual Meeting
You won’t want to miss the first-ever, historic combined meeting of AOSSM and AANA, July 7-11 in Nashville, Tennessee. Both organizations will be coming together to bring you the latest trends and techniques in arthroscopy and sports medicine. Learn more:

Registration for 2021 AANA Lab Courses is Now Open!
AANA lab courses feature hands-on cadaver lab practice coupled with interactive lectures for the ultimate learning experience. NOTE: All lab courses are enhanced with the AANA Safe StridesTM initiative to ensure your safety and comfort during in-person interactions. Find your course:

New AANA Online Education Activities Availablee

AANA has recently launched several new online education activities to help you stay at the forefront of arthroscopy. Be sure to check out the AANA Learning Center to see what’s new, including our virtual APEX courses, and purchase your next activity:  


AAOS Releases New QCDR Measures to Help Surgeons Qualify for MIPS
The American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS) Registry Program has released 2021 measures for its Quality Clinical Data Registry (QCDR), the AAOS Orthopaedic Quality Resource Center. QCDRs are designated as quality improvement registries which are run by specialty societies and make participants eligible for a number of programs including the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) Merit-based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) Quality Payment Program (QPP). View the new measures with the link at the bottom of this page.


Resident Advisory Panel
ABOS is looking for orthopaedic surgery residents to participate in its new Resident Advisory Panel   Click here to learn more about the panel.


CCJR® Winter 2020 Now Available On Demand
CME Accredited.   Please visit to register.


Apply Now!  Deadline 2/8/2021:  NASS Research Funding Letter of Proposal…Open to NASS Members
NASS encourages spine care professionals to rise to the challenge of providing research to further develop the spine knowledge base and help providers and patients understand their conditions and care. Since 1989, NASS has funded more than $4.2 million in multidisciplinary spine-related research.  Apply for a research grant or fellowship today!  Click here for more information on applying and guidelines.


POSNA 2021 Annual Meeting Registration & Housing Now Open!
May 12-15, 2021 in Dallas, TX


New Executive Director

United States Bone and Joint Initiative (USBJI) would like to introduce you to our New Executive Director Stephanie Taylor.

Stephanie has significant nonprofit experience and was most recently at RSNA where she oversaw the operations of three academic radiology organizations as well as serving as the Director of the RSNA R&E Foundation. Stephanie can be reached at or 847-430-5053.


USBJI Releases 4th Edition of The Burden of Musculoskeletal Diseases in the United States
The USBJI has released the 4th Edition of The Burden of Musculoskeletal Diseases in the United States (BMUS) -

A credible independent source of data on the prevalence, societal and economic cost of these disorders, BMUS is an indispensable resource for the background and significance sections of research study proposals, for drafting communications, for advocacy purposes.

Chapters cover the big picture, spine disorders, arthritis, osteoporosis and bone health, injuries, neuromuscular disease, tumors, economic cost, and special population chapters on aging, children and adolescents, and ethnic and racial differences and disparities.

What's New?
  • Updated data synthesized from multiple national data sources with trend lines
  • More data on ethnic and racial differences and disparities in each chapter as well as a chapter aggregating data from all chapters on this topic
  • An Overview at the beginning to each chapter
  • The inclusion of sections on Key Challenges for the Future and of Unmet Needs with each chapter
  • In a new Highlights section, an interpretation of the data and what it means in lay-friendly terms, along with Fast Factsslide sets and videos. These may be freely downloaded and used, as may the Tables and Graphs throughout the publication.
  • An Executive Summary outlining the impact of musculoskeletal disorders on Americans
As Dr. Robert Carter, Acting Director of NIAMS/NIH says in his Foreword to the new edition “Since its establishment as the presidentially declared U.S. Bone and Joint Decade in 2002, the Initiative has been committed to preventing musculoskeletal disorders and improving patients’ lives. These goals, which the NIAMS shares, are being advanced through activities such as the production of this resource to raise awareness of the challenges bone and joint conditions place on our Nation’s health.”

As reported by users, of which there are now more than 200,000:
  • provides a single source to access data about musculoskeletal disorders, to support research, for collaborative advocacy and education;
  • is used to describe impact, determine current practice, characterize a population, justify sampling;
  • tells the macro value story, the need for treatment, the importance of expanding access to treatment, helps advocate for policies that support expanded access;
  • provides accurate and concise information, especially important for legislators
  • is used in developing Opinion Editorials, blogs, grassroots advocacy, legislative briefings;
  • clearly outlines the growing need for specialty care;
  • is a foundational part of telling the value story for musculoskeletal care and research.
As Dr. Ed Yelin, Co-Chair of the BMUS Steering Committee and Co- author of the Economic Cost chapter says in the Introduction “These data should stimulate increased investment in basic, translational, clinical and health policy research to delineate the underlying mechanisms of these diseases and their response to treatment. Through such research, novel preventive and therapeutic approaches with potential to mitigate the societal and personal impact of musculoskeletal disease will emerge.”

The USBJI recognizes the large team of contributors, authors, reviewers, the special team recording video summaries of chapters, the BMUS Steering Committee Members, and for the financial support provided by societies and companies to make this publication possible. Producing a new edition of BMUS is a mammoth undertaking and could not be done without these generous contributions of time, expertise and resources. A very special debt is due to Dr. Sylvia Watkins-Castillo who has dedicated years to so expertly producing all four editions of BMUS.