Annual Meeting to open with colorful parade
Important Academy business meeting scheduled for March 21
The Academy’s 65th Annual Meeting gets underway in New Orleans Thursday, March 19 with a colorful parade of international orthopaedic society presidents, accompanied by the flags of their countries. The ceremony, presided over by Academy President Douglas W. Jackson, MD, marks the start of the world’s largest educational meeting for orthopaedic surgeons. During the five days, March 19-23, fellows will be offered 18 symposia, 411 scientific papers, 170 instructional course lectures, 500 poster exhibits and 90 scientific exhibits.
Academy Past President John B. McGinty, MD, will welcome more than 600 new fellows into the Academy and Pete Fountain and his jazz band will perform.
There are two major changes in the schedule for this year’s Annual Meeting. The Technical exhibit halls will be only open three days instead of five days and the business meeting will be held on one day instead of two days.
The Technical exhibit halls will be open on Thursday, March 19 to Saturday, March 21; they will be closed on Sunday and Monday, March 22 and 23. The convention center will remain open to attendees on Specialty Day (Sunday) and on Monday to view scientific and poster exhibits, and the Multimedia Education Center and to attend instructional courses and scientific paper presentations. Registration will be open during the entire meeting.
The annual business meeting will be held on Saturday, March 21 at 11:15 a.m. in the La Louisianne Ballroom of the Morial Convention Center. This year’s meeting will include the reading of proposed amendments to the Academy Bylaws that would create an organizational restructuring of the Academy.
The Resolution Committee holds its open hearing on Thursday, March 19, beginning at 2 p.m., to discuss the resolutions under consideration at the business meeting. The Bylaws Committee holds an open hearing on Friday, March 20, beginning at 10 a.m., to receive comments on proposed amendments. Both committees will present their recommendations at the annual business meeting on Saturday.
Francis Collins, MD, PhD, director of the National Human Genome Research Institute, is the guest speaker. He will discuss the human genome project and the future of medicine on Friday, March 20.
Entertainer Kenny Rogers will perform at the third annual AAOS President’s Concert to benefit the Orthopaedic Research and Education Foundation (OREF). The concert will be at 8:30 p.m. Saturday, March 21 in the Saenger Theatre in New Orleans. Ticket prices for the event range from $50 for upper balcony seats to $250 for a Grand Suite and champagne reception with Kenny Rogers. All proceeds from the event go to fund orthopaedic education and research projects; a percentage of the ticket cost is tax deductible. Tickets will be sold on a first come, first serve basis through Bravo Special Events at (800)256-9979.