This year’s American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons Annual Meeting was held in Orlando, Fla., USA, for the first time in 16 years. As an international member of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, I have attended nearly all its meetings since 1988, only missing one or two.
In my younger days as a trainee, I mainly used this meeting for my annual update of knowledge and to identify new treatments for and trends in the management of hip arthroplasty patients. Because this meeting held for me an enormous amount of possibilities for education in a specific subspecialty area, it became my “base” for education. In my senior career, I mainly use the meeting to conduct my professional business with leaders in different areas of orthopaedics because “everybody” shows up at the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons Annual Meeting and you can get meetings organized, decisions made and future plans discussed.
Besides my different business meetings this year, I specifically looked at areas that were new to me, as if I were a young trainee in need of education. I found three areas of particular interest.