2014 Annual Meeting Review

October 23-25, 2014
The Terranea Oceanfront Resort, Rancho Palos Verdes, California

Annual Meeting 1Those who attended the 2014 Annual Meeting will tell you of the conference’s beautiful location at The Terranea Oceanfront Resort in Rancho Palos Verdes, California. Sitting atop the bluff above the Pacific Ocean, the resort provided stunning views from sunup to sundown. AOAO conferences continue to grow in popularity and this was no exception with a record breaking 726 total attendance, including students, residents, practicing orthopedic surgeons, and allied health.

On Thursday morning, October 23, Margaret Maley with Karen Zupko & Associates guided participants through the new ICD-10 codes and reimbursement guidelines as they relate to orthopedic surgery. The workshop included a workbook and IZD-10 Zupko Slim Guide to Orthopaedic ICD-10. There are a few workbooks left and available for sale through the AOAO office.

The conference officially began on Thursday with a kick-off luncheon in the exhibit hall, which was completely full with over 45 different exhibitors. A full list of companies that provided grants and exhibited is available on our website. The Academy is grateful to all the exhibitors and supporters for their support and participation in this meeting. As an additional benefit for attendees, Smith & Nephew provided in-kind support by providing their mobile cadaver lab. Their MOBILAB has served as a training platform for over 3,200 healthcare professionals. The lab was comprised of two tractor trailers; one served as the MOBILAB, and the second as a support trailer. The MOBILAB was self-contained with a generator, water tanks, and indoor restroom. It took a large team of Smith & Nephew professionals more than eight hours to park the tractor trailers and set up. Annual Meeting attendees were able to sign up and participate in the lab for free. This massive endeavor was hugely successful and AOAO is extremely grateful to Smith & Nephew for their hard work, dedication to the profession and support of the Academy.

Mobile lab

Each year, the newly inducted Fellows are honored during the Awards Ceremony and cocktail reception. In addition, recipients of the Appreciative, Bob Green Memorial, Donald Siehl Appreciative, Knotty Cane Awards and the Morton J. Morris DO, JD Award for Osteopathic Orthopedic Education were recognized.

This year, the AOAO Board of Directors unanimously voted to select two Donald Siehl Appreciative Award recipients. The Academy’s highest award was given to Charles D. Kerr, DO, FAOAO and Herbert E. Ross, DO, FAOAO. Dr. Kerr was present to accept his award, but unfortunately, due to health reasons Dr. Ross was unable to travel to California. Dr. Ross’ son, Anthony Ross, accepted the Award on his behalf and for the first time during an Awards Ceremony, Dr. Ross was able to address the audience via Skype.

Also during the Annual Awards Ceremony, James S. Mason, DO, FAOAO was inducted as the AOAO President for 2014-2015.  Dr. Mason shared his vision and desire for everyone to choose to leave behind a legacy for future generations of orthopedic surgeons.

The Annual Business Meeting was conducted on Friday, October 24. Newly inducted AOAO President, Dr. James S. Mason conducted the election of the new Secretary/Treasurer and Directors to the Board. A majority of the votes were received to approve Dr. Steven D. Morton as Secretary/Treasurer for 2014-2015 and Dr. Edward J. Armbruster and Dr. Dennis C. Blackburn as the new Directors for a three-year term, 2014-2017.

This year’s Keynote Speaker was Jim “The Rookie” Morris. Mr. Morris was the subject of the hit film The Rookie starring Dennis Quaid. Mr. Morris spoke for about an hour about his life and philosophy on not letting anyone stand in the way of following your dreams.

The SAOAO and RAOAO were very active during this meeting. Resident members volunteered to sit on a panel during the SAOAO meeting. The students also had an x-ray workshop, Program Directors Panel, Instrument Workshop, Suture Clinic and Ortho Jeopardy.

Technology has become a vital part of AOAO conferences. Internet is now available in the meeting rooms at all AOAO meetings. This year, the Academy introduced a new membership app, which included a mobile responsive meeting guide. The Mobile Meeting Guide offered participants a list of all registrants, the conference program, list of exhibitors and floor plan of the exhibit hall as well as the list of speakers and abstracts/posters submitted for the meeting. Also included is the course syllabus, with audio recordings that include slides from consenting speakers.

Whether or not you attended this year’s Annual Meeting, we hope you will make plans for the 2015 Annual Meeting, which will return to The Broadmoor, Colorado Springs, Colorado from October 15 to 17. The Keynote Speaker will be Alison Levine, who led the first American Women’s Everest Expedition. Watch for more program details and registration online by late spring.

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