The AAOS's 70th Annual Meeting will be held in New Orleans from Wednesday, Feb. 5 to Sunday, Feb. 9, 2003 at the Ernest Morial Convention Center. The meeting will offer more than 175 instructional courses, including the popular all-day Orthopaedic Review Course and 31 symposia focusing on the latest in surgical procedures, diversity, and fracture care. Over 300 podium presentations and 500 poster exhibits and scientific exhibits provide an opportunity to learn about the recent studies and outcomes from a spectrum of orthopaedic categories. Former senator and presidential candidate Bob Dole and actor, producer and activist Edward James Olmos have signed on to speak at the Annual Meeting. Sen. Dole will deliver a presentation on "Leadership and Values in the 21st Century." Olmos will speak of his lifelong commitment to cultural diversity, a concept that has gained renewed focus at the Academy over the past year. His speech is titled, "We're all in the same gang." A special exhibit titled Legacy of Heroes, commemorating the contributions made by orthopaedic surgeons during World War II, will debut at the meeting.
Preliminary programs are being mailed in mid-October, or visit the AAOS Web site at www.aaos.org, under Annual Meeting, for continual updates. Online registration for the meeting and for housing begins Oct. 16. To register online, you must have an ID number, which is found in the payment summary section of your registration form. The deadline for advance registration is Jan. 3, 2003. The AAOS Annual Meeting is the "World's Fair" of the orthopaedic community. Its courses and symposia will challenge your thinking and expand your vision.