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ANNUAL MEETING

See You in San Diego for the 2013 Annual Meeting!

2014 Keynote Speech: First Sergeant Matt Eversmann, Hero of Black Hawk Down

Keynote for 2014 Announced: Jim "The Rookie" Morris


Community Memorial Health System Inaugurates Orthopedic Residency Program

RAOAO Update

SAOAO Update: Students Striving to Reach Their Dream

Review of the 53rd Postgraduate Seminar

Bone and Joint Health National
Awareness Week is October 12-20

The Sunshine Act: A Brief Overview (PDF)

Academy News and Opportunities

Thank you to our exhibitors and supporters

Platinum Level
Biomet

Gold Level
DePuy Synthes
Depuy Synthes Trauma
Stryker Orthopaedics
Zimmer

Silver Level
Innomed, Inc.
OMNIlife science
Smith & Nephew

Bronze Level
DJO GLOBAL
Lima USA
SI-BONE
Wright Medical Technology, Inc.

Commercial Support
AOAO would like to thank the following companies for providing educational grants:

Arthrex
Biomet
DePuy Orthopaedics
Zimmer

Exhibitors
AllMeds, Inc.
Auxilium Pharmaceuticals
BioMarin Pharmaceutical Inc.
Biomet
BioPro, Inc
Bioventus
ConforMIS, Inc.
DePuy Synthes
Depuy Synthes Trauma
DJO GLOBAL
Exactech
Exscribe, Inc.
Harvest Technologies
Innomed, Inc.
Lima USA
Medartis, Inc.
Medical Products Resource
Nutramax Laboratories
OMNIlife science
OrthoScan
Physicians Angels, Inc.
Renovis Surgical Technologies, Inc.
SI-BONE
Skeletal Dynamics
Smith & Nephew
Stryker Orthopaedics
SuccessEHS
Touch of Life Technologies
Viztek
Wolters Kluwer Health
Wright Medical Technology, Inc.
Zimmer

For the up-to-date list of exhibitors and products descriptions, click here.

president's message

A Report on Our Academy's Activities

Dr. PollifroneBy James J. Pollifrone, DO, FAOAO
AOAO President

As my year as President winds down, I want to take this opportunity to thank the AOAO Board for their time and energy serving as the decision making body of this organization. Your Board has been actively involved in many of the issues facing our profession and working to keep a presence among our osteopathic and allopathic peers. This Board has affected many changes over the past few years and despite some of those changes being major, we continue to see financial viability and success in our endeavors. This Board will continue these efforts long after my term has ended.

Besides the issues we have faced with regards to training, there has been a concern among our practicing membership that deserves attention. Not all members have been able to obtain a hotel room at our recent conferences, or obtain their room at the conference rate. Our goal is to select an attractive venue and reserve the appropriate number of guest rooms without putting the Academy at risk of paying financial penalties to the hotel.  

The popularity of our educational offerings, as well as inconsistent attendance from year to year makes this especially challenging. There is no perfect science to this process. Our staff works diligently to monitor our guest room usage after contracts are signed up until the date of the meeting. There are many variables that affect this process: location, city wide activities, time of year, hotel availability, etc. Hotels are seeing occupancy levels increase as the economy improves and while we may want a room block that would accommodate all of those who attend our meetings, the hotel will research and see that not all of our members have stayed in the hotel in the past. When members book through a third party (Expedia, Hotels.com), these rooms are not applied to our contracted room block. Some members also wish to stay loyal to hotel companies for points, and will stay at their preferred hotel instead of the host hotel.

Hotel penalties for falling short of the contracted block can be significant, therefore we always try to achieve the right balance between protecting the AOAO from those penalties by not over contracting and yet securing enough rooms to meet member demand.

Factors affecting your ability to get a room at the host hotel or the AOAO group rate:

The Board, along with the assistance and advice from the AOAO Director of Meetings, makes every effort to partner with hotel companies who will work with us when room availability becomes an issue. If you encounter these issues when scheduling your hotel room for the next conference, don’t hesitate to contact the Academy office at 800-741-2626.

It has been my pleasure to serve you as President.  I look forward to continuing as Chair of the Evaluating Committee and to the direction this Academy is headed in the future.

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