Educational displays offer opportunities for visitors

Educational displays offer opportunities for visitors

AAOS members who visit the educational displays outside Ballroom 20 of the San Diego Convention Center will find information on a wide range of topics—from Maintenance of Certification to volunteer opportunities overseas and from orthopaedic specialty societies to patient-centered foundations. Here are just a few of the more than 20 organizations represented:

AdvaMed—The Advanced Medical Technology Association (AdvaMed) is the industry association for orthopaedic medical devices, diagnostic products and health information systems that are transforming health care through earlier disease detection, less invasive procedures and more effective treatments. AdvaMed members produce nearly 90 percent of the health care technology purchased annually in the United States and more than 50 percent purchased annually around the world. For more information, visit

ABOS—The American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery (ABOS) establishes educational standards for orthopaedic residents and evaluates the initial and continuing qualifications and knowledge of orthopaedic surgeons through its certification and Maintenance of Certification processes. For more information, visit

Allied Health—The American Society of Orthopaedic Physicians Assistants and the National Association of Orthopaedic Technologists are represented. In addition, the Intersocietal Commission for the Accreditation of Magnetic Resonance Laboratories has an educational display.

CURE International—This Christian, nonprofit association focuses energy and resources on the 125 million children in developing countries who can be completely cured, such as kids with hydrocephalus, cleft palate, club foot, spina bifida and other spinal deformities, and crippling orthopedic conditions. For more information, visit

Fisher House Foundation—Supporting America’s military in their time of need, the Fisher Houses provide “a home away from home” that enables family members to be close to a loved one at the most stressful time—during hospitalization for an illness, disease or injury. For more information, visit

International Orthopaedic Societies—Argentina, Brazil, China, Columbia, Mexico, Latin America, and Spain are among the international orthopaedic societies represented; SICOT, the only truly global orthopaedic society, and EFFORT, the European Federation of Orthopaedics and Traumatology, also have displays.

Mercy Ships— Mercy Ships, a global charity, operates hospital ships in developing nations, bringing hope and healing to the forgotten poor, mobilizing people and resources worldwide, and serving all people without regard for race, gender or religion. For more information, visit

Orthopaedics Overseas—The founding division of Health Volunteers Overseas, Orthopaedics Overseas is a private non-profit organization dedicated to improving the availability and quality of health care in developing countries through the training and education of local health care providers.

Orthopaedic Specialty Societies—The North American Spine Society and the Society of Military Orthopaedic Surgeons True Research Foundation have displays.

Patient-centered foundations—The Arthritis Foundation and the Challenged Athletes Foundation have displays.

Regional Orthopaedic Societies—Five regional orthopaedic societies are represented: Eastern, Southern, Western, North Pacific and Mid-Central states.

SIGN—SIGN is a humanitarian organization devoted to advocating optimum fracture treatment for all people.  Its emphasis is in providing physician training, surgical implants, and on-going relationship building with SIGN projects throughout the world. For more information, visit

U.S. Bone and Joint Decade (USBJD)—It’s your decade…find out how you can support musculoskeletal research through USBJD activities.

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