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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 April 20, 2020

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AOFAS  |  ASES  |  ASSH-AFSH  |  OTA   |   USBJI     


Register for Your Next AANA Course
AANA has recently reconfigured their course structure in addition to actively planning to ensure all Fall 2020 meetings are as safe as possible for participants, starting with the development and implementation of the AANA Safe StridesTM initiative that enforces safety while resuming cutting-edge education opportunities. Find your next course:

REGISTER NOW! AANA has partnered with Orthopaedic Summit 2020: Evolving Techniques (OSET) to host the Advanced Knee Lab Course December 7-8, 2020 at the Bellagio Hotel in Las Vegas, Nevada. To register, visit

New AANA Online Education Activities Available
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 and purchase your next activity:

Save the Date! AANA21 40th Anniversary Celebrations
Get ready and mark your calendars for AANA’s 40th Anniversary Celebrations at the 2021 AANA Annual Meeting in Chicago, Illinois April 22-24. Learn more and get notified when registration opens:


Virtual Exhibit Hall added to the AAOS Annual Meeting Virtual Experience

With nearly 14,000 visits to the Annual Meeting Virtual Experience, AAOS invites you to return and explore the new Virtual Exhibit Hall. Find the latest technology solutions and engage with orthopaedic industry professionals. Browse hundreds of featured products, case studies, white papers, brochures, videos and presentations. Sign up to participate in scheduled events and webinars to catch up on new developments! Visit the Annual Meeting Virtual Experience.

Orthopaedic Heroes
AAOS invites you to read weekly stories from #OrthoHeroes, a new campaign for AAOS members to share their personal experiences about #COVID19. The campaign highlights member's first-hand accounts of how they’ve leaned into the COVID-19 pandemic in different ways. A member’s story is posted once a week. Read them by following #OrthoHeroes on AAOS' Facebook, Instagram, Linkedin and Twitter channels.



Two Million and Counting: American Joint Replacement Registry Reaches Major Milestone
AAOS’ American Joint Replacement Registry (AJRR), the cornerstone of the AAOS Registry Program and the world's largest national registry of hip and knee replacement data by annual procedural count, reached and surpassed its two millionth hip and knee procedure with the input of data from Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota. Tracking an additional one million procedures since 2017, the AJRR gives orthopaedic surgeons and providers the most comprehensive picture to date of trends of hip and knee arthroplasty practice and outcomes in the United States. Read more.

American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons’ Registry Program is Collecting COVID-19 Data
American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons’ AAOS Registry Program is collecting COVID-19 data through the capture of the ICD-10 code for COVID-19 confirmed diagnosis, U07.1. The new code is enabled across each of the AAOS registries, including: the American Joint Replacement Registry, the world’s largest national registry of hip and knee joint replacement data by annual procedural count; the Shoulder & Elbow Registry; the Musculoskeletal Tumor Registry, and the American Spine Registry, a collaborative effort between the American Association of Neurological Surgeons (AANS) and the AAOS. Read the full news release.

NuVasive Becomes First Industry Sponsor of the American Spine Registry to Improve Future of Spine Surgery Through Data-Driven Outcomes
NuVasive, Inc., a leader in spine technology innovation, focused on transforming spine surgery with minimally disruptive, procedurally integrated solutions, and the American Spine Registry (ASR) announced that they have entered into a multi-year sponsorship to improve the future of spine surgery through data-driven outcomes. Read more.

The OrthoForum Recognizes AAOS as Its Official Registry Program
The OrthoForum, a nationwide network of privately owned orthopaedic practices known for its pillars of benchmarking, networking, innovation, and advocacy, announced a collaboration with the AAOS, naming the AAOS Registry Program as the organization’s recommended registries for its members. All of the AAOS Registries support the OrthoForum’s mission of providing orthopaedic group practices with access to the latest best practices and benchmarking tools needed to advance their local market presence. Read more.


The Diplomate
Summer 2020 issue

Read the summer 2020 issue of ABOS' newsletter, The Diplomate for messages from the president, the executive medical director's report, changes to oral examinations, and how to show your ABOS pride.  Click here to read the newsletter.


2021 Call for Submissions: Now Open
Deadline: July 31, 2020

The AOA is accepting submissions for the 2021 AOA Annual Leadership Meetings in Albuquerque, New Mexico, June 8-12, 2021. This includes:
  • AOA Annual Leadership Meeting Symposium Abstracts
  • Symposium submissions should be controversial, engaging, timely, and impactful, addressing topics such as:
    • Medical-Legal Concerns
    • Orthopaedic Research
    • Orthopaedic Academics
    • Leadership Topics
  • CORD Conference Symposium Abstracts
  • AOA CORD Affiliates are invited to submit abstracts related to resident and fellow education and training.
  • Own the Bone Symposium: Bone Health & Fragility Fractures Abstracts
  • AOA Annual Leadership Meeting: Poster Submissions
  • Categories include:
    • Adult Reconstruction (Hip or Knee)
    • Critical Issues
    • Education
    • Foot & Ankle
    • Hand & Wrist
    • Pediatrics
    • Shoulder & Elbow
    • Spine
    • Sports Medicine
    • Trauma
    • Oncology/Tumor
  • CORD Conference Poster Displays/Podium Presentations
  • Top-rated CORD Poster Abstract submissions will be considered for podium presentation, which will include a short 6-7 minute talk by the author followed by a Q&A session.
Submit or Learn More:

AOA 2021 North American Traveling Fellowship
Applications Open
Deadline to Apply: October 16, 2020
The North American Traveling Fellowship (NATF) Tour is one of the AOA's flagship tours. The NATF promotes significant clinical and scientific exchange and fellowship. The tour is an intense introduction to the diverse ways that leaders address challenges facing orthopaedics today. The tour runs approximately five weeks in the fall of odd-numbered years and travels to regional orthopaedic centers in the US and Canada, rotating the region to be visited. Applications are being accepted for the 2021 Tour.

Learn More:

Orthopaedic Leaders Honored By Colleagues
The American Orthopaedic Association Announces 2020 Distinguished Award Winners

The American Orthopaedic Association (AOA) announced their 2020 Distinguished Award Winners during the Opening Ceremony of the 2020 Virtual AOA Annual Leadership Meetings. The AOA members were nominated by peers for their leadership and accomplishments in the specialty:
  • 2020 Distinguished Contributions to Orthopaedics Award John J. Callaghan, MD, FAOA
  • 2020 Distinguished Clinician Educator Award - Terrance D. Peabody, MD, FAOA
Watch the recipients accept their awards.


AOFAS Hosts Virtual Annual Meeting This Fall
Kevin Bozic, MD, MBA, Announced as Research Speaker

AOFAS at Home, the interactive virtual meeting taking place September 10-12, incorporates live and recorded presentations from experts in orthopaedic surgery and research. This year’s Research Speaker is Kevin Bozic, MD, MBA, who will kick off the program on Friday, September 11, at 12:30 pm Central Time. Dr. Bozic has an extensive research and policy background in the growing field of value-based health care, with a focus on the implementation and evaluation of payment and delivery models.

Dr. Bozic is chair and professor of the Department of Surgery and Perioperative Care at the University of Texas at Austin (UT Health) and is actively involved in several national health policy initiatives. He is the co-founder of the California Joint Replacement Registry, past chair of the AAOS Council on Research and Quality, and recipient of numerous awards for his work in the field.

Following Dr. Bozic’s research presentation is the symposium, “Measuring What Matters in Orthopaedic Surgery” that will discuss various methods of evaluating the quality of care surgeons deliver to their patients. Topics include PROMIS outcome scores, registries, legacy scores, and how to start collecting clinical outcomes in your practice.

On Saturday, September 12, a special Novel Coronavirus symposium will focus on current and emerging research related to COVID-19, including the development of an effective vaccine. Andrew Badley, MD, chair of the COVID-19 Research Task Force at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota, will serve as one of the presenters.

For more information about AOFAS at Home and to register, visit Follow AOFAS on Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, and Instagram.


Save the Date!
Registration for the ASES 2020 Virtual Annual Meeting Opens Soon

Registration for the ASES 2020 Virtual Annual Meeting taking place this October will be open to both ASES members and non-members. Registration will open in mid-August. For more information, please see the ASES website.


Resident/Fellow Research Grants from the Hand Foundation
The American Foundation for Surgery of the Hand (AFSH) is offering $5,000 Fast Track Grants specifically for residents and fellows. All hand and upper limb-related proposals are welcome, but AFSH is offering special funding for projects that focus on one of the following emphasis topics in 2020:

  • Opioid education
  • Simulation education / novel training models
  • Surgical mission outcomes research
  • Firearm injuries
These grants are a great way for young investigators to get their projects off the ground. Proposals are due by August 10, 2020. Learn more to get started.


2020 OTA Annual Meeting transitioning to all Virtual!

"I am sure that many of you are as disappointed as I am that we will not be able to enjoy the knowledge and friendship that flows naturally from our Annual Meeting. However, Program Chair Steve Kottmeier, MD and his committee have been planning a virtual meeting for some time now, and it promises to be excellent both in format and quality." -Michael D. McKee, MD, OTA President.

Read the full letter from Dr. McKee


Keep Your Bones and Joints Healthy.
The United States Bone and Joint Initiative (USBJI) offers Two Free Public Education Sessions

Experts in Arthritis and Fit to a T

Experts in Arthritis provides guidance to people with arthritis and those who care about them. Our updated program has a new look and feel, with enhanced content on managing pain and fatigue. There is no cure for arthritis; however, current treatments and increased understanding about ways to manage the disease have created significant improvements in the quality of life of people with arthritis.


Fit to a T helps people understand why bones may break suddenly, and how to prevent these. Fit to a T focuses on those at highest risk of a fracture, and how to prevent these from occurring. The presentation covers the basics of bone health and how bone quality can deteriorate as people due to age or other health factors. This program covers the prevention, early detection, diagnosis, and treatment of osteoporosis, and fall prevention. Along with racial and ethnic differences.

With the current COVID-19 situation, in-person sessions can be difficult. These sessions can be presented via Zoom or video conferences, led by an expert on bone health, so community centers, senior centers and other organizations can continue to offer this important education activity to their members while at home. The messages these two programs convey are particularly relevant at this time, as people are confined and unable to exercise and move around as freely as they would be normally.

How to Schedule a session: