Orthopedic Conferences, Meetings and Events in 2019

by Jason Weisstein, MD, MPH, FACS |

Learn, Network and Earn Orthopedic CMEs


It’s hard to find time in your busy schedule to attend orthopedic surgery conferences, but they can be well worth it for the insights and occasional pearls you gain. In addition to techniques for improving your clinical practice and operations, the major orthopedic CME conferences also give you opportunities to complete education credits, network with peers and visit exhibit halls to see the latest orthopedic innovations. To help you decide which orthopedic conferences in 2019 you should attend, let’s take a closer look at some top options and the topics, specializations and educational formats that set them apart.

AAOS 2019 Annual Meeting – American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons

When: 3/12-16/2019 | 3/24-28/2020

Where: Las Vegas, NV | Orlando, FL

Size: 28,000 attendees

As the largest orthopedic conference of 2019, the AAOS Annual Meeting presented a wealth of research and strategies for managing musculoskeletal conditions, as well as addressing economic and practice management challenges. It also provided opportunities for attendees to learn how to incorporate state-of-the art procedures and technology into their clinical practice. With a wide variety of innovative session formats, AAOS is a leading forum for discussing orthopedic issues such as patient safety, advocacy and culturally competent care. 2019 sessions included:

  • The Modern Total Knee Arthroplasty: What to Make of All of these Options?
  • Peroneal Tendon Pathology: Cutting-Edge Concepts in Diagnosis and Management
  • Tips and Tricks for Common, Yet Difficult, Osteopenic Fractures in the Community
  • Posterior Cruciate Ligament Surgery: The Step-by-Step Road to Success
  • Fracture Healing and Patient Care: Impact of Inflammation and Aging
  • Race and Gender in Orthopaedics
  • Ten Hot ICD-10 and CPT Coding Issues Facing Practicing Orthopaedic Surgeons
  • Maximizing Your Reimbursement

Educational formats include:

  • Ask an Expert
  • Career Development Courses
  • Case Presentation Courses
  • Flash Five® – critical takeaways on hot topics
  • Instructional Courses
  • Orthopaedic Review Course: Refresh, Refocus and Prepare
  • Orthopaedic Video Theater
  • Paper Presentations
  • Posters
  • Poster Tours
  • Practice Management Course for Residents & Fellows-in-Training
  • Scientific Exhibits
  • Showdowns – debates on topics and techniques
  • Specialty Day
  • Speed Mentoring
  • Symposium
  • Technical Skills Courses
  • Technology Theater
  • The Way I See It… – candid opinions on top-of-mind issues

North America Spine Society (NASS) 2019 Annual Meeting

When: 9/25-28/2019

Where: Chicago, IL

Size: 3,000 attendees

Focused on spine issues, best practices and procedural questions, this orthopedic surgery conference provides a variety of educational tracks and orthopedic CME credits. Attendees will also have opportunities to brainstorm with subject matter experts, ask questions and get advice. Sessions include:

  • Coding Update 2019: Mastering the Coding Maze
  • Medical Symposium: Ambulatory Surgical Centers: Is This the Next Big Thing?
  • Hands-on Course: Section on Minimally Invasive Procedures: Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery
  • Integrated Symposium: Surgical Treatment of Low Back Pain: Evidence, Controversy and Debate
  • Hands-on Course: Lumbar Spinal Injections
  • Integrated Symposium: Opiates: The Changing Roles and Responsibilities of the Spine Surgeon
  • Surgical Symposium: Complications Avoidance and Management Strategies
  • Resident/Fellow Education Pathway: Transition to Practice I: Landing a Job

Educational formats include:

  • Surgical labs
  • Medical, surgical and integrated symposia
  • Online and in-person poster presentations
  • Cadaver workshops
  • Hands-on courses
  • Q&A sessions
  • Forums

American Society for Surgery of the Hand (ASSH) Annual Meeting

When: 9/5-7/2019

Where: Las Vegas, NV

Size: 2,600 attendees

At their 74th annual orthopedic meeting, the ASSH will present information covering all aspects of hand surgery and the business of orthopedics. Their exhibit hall, known as the Solutions Center, also provides opportunities to engage with vendors on a deeper level to find solutions to common problems. Sessions include:

  • Precourse 4 – Musculoskeletal Ultrasound from the Shoulder to Fingertips: A Hands-on Workshop (Lab)
  • Clinical Paper Session 2: Carpal Tunnel
  • Symposium 6: Stump the Professors
  • ICL65: What I wish I knew in the first 5 years of practice
  • Symposium 16: Burnout: Maintaining the Joy of Hand Surgery Practice
  • IC12: Hand Surgeons: The Front Line in the Fight Against Bone Loss
  • Symposium 17: Complex Elbow Trauma in 2019: How To Stay Out of Trouble
  • Postcourse 1: Coding and Reimbursement

Educational formats include:

  • Clinical paper sessions
  • Symposia
  • Instructional course lectures
  • Scientific sessions
  • Precourses
  • Postcourses
  • Clinical consultation corners
  • Industry forums
  • Surgical suite lab sessions
  • Industry introductions
  • A/B comparison sessions
  • Product pavilions
  • Interactive case reviews

American Association of Hip and Knee Surgeons (AAHKS) Annual Meeting

When: 11/7-10/2019

Where: Dallas, TX

Size: 2,500 attendees

Held in Dallas in November each year, this orthopedic meeting is designed to help surgeons improve the care they provide to patients and to help advance the technology of the orthopedic field. It includes courses for physicians, physician assistants, residents, non-physician team members and hospital administrators, as well as an international reception that brings together member surgeons from around the world. Orthopedic CME conference topics include:

  • Implant design
  • Outcomes and surgical techniques for hip and knee surgeons
  • Complications of primary and revision total joint arthroplasty (TJA)
  • Socioeconomic issues in healthcare
  • New research on adult reconstruction (total joint replacement)

Educational formats include:

  • Lectures
  • Breakout sessions
  • Small group discussions
  • Interactive symposia
  • Research presentations

American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine (AOSSM) Annual Meeting

When: 7/11-14/2019

Where: Boston, MA

Size: 1,300 attendees

Focused on keeping athletes in the game, this orthopedic meeting presents groundbreaking scientific research, answers to key sports medicine questions and best practices to implement into your everyday work. You’ll also have opportunities to engage and collaborate with peers and mentors. Sessions include:

  • General Session: Knee: Meniscus Cartilage – The Cutting Edge for 2019
  • Presidential Keynote 2019: The Importance of Medical and Sports Advocacy for Athletes at All Levels
  • Shoulder Instability: From Anterior to Posterior
  • The Patellofemoral Joint – Not a Mystery Anymore
  • Platelet-Rich Plasma: Does It Decrease Meniscus Repair Failure Risk?
  • What Biologics Work Best for Meniscus Repair – How to Easily Do This in the OR
  • The Opioid Epidemic: What is Our Obligation?
  • Technique Spotlight: Realignment is the Way to Go to Treat Cartilage Lesions: My Technique

Educational formats include:

  • Live surgeries
  • Instructional courses
  • Posters
  • Paper presentations
  • Guest speakers, including New England Patriots Quarterback Tom Brady
  • Workshops
  • Q&A sessions
  • Panel discussions

Orthopaedic Summit (OSET) 2019: Evolving Techniques

When: 12/11-14/2019

Where: Las Vegas, NV

Size: 1,000 attendees

This orthopedic CME conference provides an international perspective on the latest techniques in arthroplasty and arthroscopy, as well as sports medicine of the knee, shoulder, hip, elbow/wrist, foot/ankle, trauma and spine. In addition to physician sessions, it includes sessions for physician assistants, nurse practitioners, athletic trainers, and physical and occupational therapists. Other orthopedic conference highlights include a fellow and resident summit and an advanced practitioner summit to provide collaboration and networking opportunities. Sessions include:

  • Outcomes & Complications After Total Ankle Replacement
  • Evolving Technique Update: Ankle Arthrodesis & Total Ankle Arthroplasty After Failed Osteochondral Allograft Transplantation: Which Procedure Is The Right One To Use
  • Controversies in Rehab of the Athletic Hip
  • Reverse Shoulder Arthroplasty for the General Orthopaedic Surgeon: A Primer
  • The Nasty Elbow – How I Do It So the Patient Wins Every Time
  • Case Presentations With Questions & Answers: Experiences with Lumbar TDA Revisions
  • Distal Humeral Fractures – So Many Choices, So Little Time!

Educational formats include:

  • Specialty sessions
  • Live surgeries
  • Cadaver labs
  • Rapid-fire debates and panels
  • Case presentations
  • Lunchtime symposia
  • Small group discussions

2019 AOAO Annual Fall Meeting

When: 10/24-26/2019

Where: Colorado Springs, CO

Size: 850 attendees

Hosted by the American Osteopathic Academy of Orthopaedics, this orthopedic surgery conference is themed this year around “Complications and What We Have Learned From Them.” In addition to orthopedic surgeons and residents, it caters to allied health professionals and physicians interested in the practice of orthopedics, with sessions covering recent orthopedic developments, techniques and advances. Session topics: TBA Educational formats include:

  • Lectures
  • Panels
  • Case discussions
  • Q&A sessions

AAOE 2019 Annual Conference – American Association of Orthopaedic Executives

When: 5/5-7/2019 | 5/2-5/2020

Where: Nashville, TN | San Diego, CA

Size: 600+

Focused on the business side of orthopedics, this orthopedic CME conference is designed for managing physicians, hospital administrators, executives, professional staff, practice leaders, athletic trainers, educators and industry partners. With over 70 speakers, it provides ample opportunities to learn about the latest trends and connect with peers and industry professionals. Orthopedic conference 2019 topics include:

  • Implementing new practice management techniques
  • Generating practice management policies to promote efficient business practices
  • Executing new ideas and strategies in your practice
  • Comparing new products and services
  • Implement the latest technologies in their practice
  • Interpret the most recent changes in healthcare

Educational formats include:

  • Pre-conference sessions
  • Lectures
  • Speed meetings with vendors
  • TED-style talks

California Orthopaedic Association (COA) Annual Meeting

When: 5/16-19/2019

Where: Laguna Niguel, CA

Size: 450+ attendees

Held at the beautiful Ritz-Carlton hotel in Laguna Beach, this orthopedic surgery conference focuses on educating orthopedic surgeons, practice managers, physician assistants and nurse practitioners on new research, best practices, cutting-edge technology and legislative updates in orthopedics. Catering to younger and more experienced surgeons alike, the program features courses related to treating infections, trauma, foot and ankle, spine, hand and upper extremities, oncology and sports medicine. Sessions include:

  • What’s New In Bone Health and Orthopaedic Oncology
  • Shifting Total Joint Replacements to the Outpatient Setting
  • Interactive Clinical Forum—Meloxicam IV, a New Option for the Management of Acute Post-Operative Pain
  • Understanding the Science Behind the First-ever Dual-Acting Local Anesthetic
  • The First 5 Years: What You Need to Know to be Successful
  • Pain Management in the Era of the Opioid Epidemic
  • SIRVA: An Unrecognized Cause of Shoulder Injury
  • Keynote: Why Diversity Matters in Orthopaedics

Educational formats include:

  • Lectures
  • Q&As
  • Interactive clinical forums
  • Mock oral case reviews

Texas Orthopaedic Association (TOA) Annual Meeting

When: 2/1-2/2019 | 2/7-8/2020

Where: Houston, TX | San Antonio, TX

Size: 400 attendees

Organized by the Texas Orthopaedic Association (TOA), the TOA orthopedic CME conference also encompasses the annual orthopedic meetings of the Texas Orthopaedic Foundation (TOF) and the Texas Society of Sports Medicine (TSSM). Covering clinical, coding, business and public policy topics with a focus on issues specific to Texas orthopedic practices, it’s one of the largest orthopedic surgery conferences in the Southwest. 2019 sessions included: (2020 sessions TBA)

  • Management of Rotator Cuff Tears: Advances and Controversies
  • Inappropriate Pediatric Orthopaedic Emergency Department Transfers: A Burden on the Healthcare System
  • Does Pain Catastrophizing Predict Age of Onset in Symptomatic Hip Dysplasia and Femoroacetabular Impingement?
  • Fusing Lisfranc Injuries Is the Way to Go
  • Orthopaedic “Super Groups” and Private Equity
  • Orthopaedic Compensation Models & Benchmarking
  • Health Care in 2025: What About Value-Based Payments
  • Spine: Which comes first, the total hip replacement or the spine fusion? A discussion of current advances and controversies surrounding spinopelvic alignment and its potential relationship to THA

Educational formats include:

  • Cadaver labs
  • Symposia
  • Paper presentations
  • Case studies
  • Workshops
  • Breakout sessions

Other Orthopedic Conferences in 2019 & 2020 to Consider Attending


Now that you know what some of the top orthopedic conferences of 2019 are, you’re better equipped to identify the right ones for you. We hope you enjoy attending your chosen orthopedic meetings and take away some valuable insights that help you improve your practice.

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Jason Weisstein, MD, MPH, FACS

Jason Weisstein, MD, MPH, FACS

Medical Director of Orthopedics at Modernizing Medicine

Dr. Jason Weisstein is the Medical Director of Orthopedics. A native of southern California, he graduated Valedictorian from the Mount Sinai School of Medicine in New York City in 1998. Simultaneous with his medical education, Dr. Weisstein received a masters of public health at Columbia University in New York, NY. He subsequently completed his surgical internship and orthopedic surgery residency training at the University of California, San Francisco, and then went on to receive fellowship training at the University of Washington. Dr. Weisstein specializes in joint replacement and limb salvage surgery. His interest lies in the restoration of function in limbs that are in jeopardy, either from arthritis, tumors or other diseases. He currently serves as the Director of both the Center for Joint Preservation and Replacement and the Center for Musculoskeletal Oncology at the Paley Institute in West Palm Beach, Fla. He also serves as an Affiliate Assistant Professor in Orthopaedic Surgery at Florida Atlantic University’s Schmidt College of Medicine.

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