Scientific exhibits offer unique experience
By Sally Chapralis
AAOS members who visit the scientific exhibits during the Academy’s Annual Meeting are always rewarded by how “exciting and compelling they are,” says Exhibits Committee Chair Lynn A. Crosby, MD.
Presented by AAOS members from around the world, the scientific exhibits “introduce new procedures or diagnostic techniques that may change the standard, or a trial still in its infancy that is not yet a podium presentation,” explains Dr. Crosby.
Scientific exhibits are different than poster exhibits because they include a multimedia component. They also offer attendees the opportunity to meet and discuss content with the authors, who are personally available at the exhibit for one hour every day during the Annual Meeting.
“Attendees tell us that the one-on-one conversations and interactions with the authors and fellow surgeons are educational and stimulating…a chance to compare notes and ask about the work,” Dr. Crosby adds.
The scientific exhibits reflect basic-science research, innovative surgical techniques, and the latest diagnostics. The Exhibits Committee works very hard throughout the year to solicit, evaluate, and select scientific exhibits that represent the broad spectrum of orthopaedic practice.
The committee’s challenge is finding a balance among the eight subspecialties of orthopaedics and the variety of concerns facing all physicians. Dr. Crosby explains that “the committee reviews abstracts ranging from gender-specific knee problems, sports injuries, and fractures, to joint replacements and infections.”
“Submissions are reviewed and graded twice for their scientific merit, content, presentation, and overall value to orthopaedics,” Dr. Crosby says. “The first review occurs when the abstracts are submitted and the exhibits are selected. Approximately 30 percent of the submissions are accepted. Then, during the Annual Meeting, committee members again review and grade each display.”
After the review process, three exhibits are chosen to receive Awards of Excellence. These and other top ranking exhibits are submitted to the AAOS Annual Meeting supplement of the Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery for publication.
Last year, for example, the committee reviewed 181 abstracts, of which 21 were published in JBJS.
“Changes in orthpaedics can be dramatic from year to year,” Dr. Crosby notes. “Attendees who visit the scientific exhibits are always impressed with the advances that colleagues in different specialties are making in so short a time.”
Dr. Crosby is grateful to the dedicated Exhibit Committee members for their hard work. “We are also proud of Academy members because they exhibit a tremendous energy and commitment to improving patient outcomes,” he concludes. “Our exhibitors really represent the best of the profession.”