The 2020 Virtual AOA Annual Leadership Meetings
In light of the COVID-19 pandemic, the AOA conducts its 2020 Annual Leadership Meetings as a virtual event.
New Format, New Schedules
The AOA Annual Leadership Meeting started on June 10 with the Opening Ceremony featuring Bruce Gillingham, MD, FAOA, Surgeon General of the US Navy
as the Howard Steele Lecturer and features five critical issue symposia, running through July 21, 2020
To attend the upcoming sessions or view the past recordings, please Register for the Full Virtual Experience Here.
The four-part 2020 Virtual Own the Bone Symposium
runs from June 12 through July 15, while the C. McCollister Evarts Resident Leadership Forum
will occur in August 28-29, and the 2020 Virtual Emerging Leaders Forum in September
. The 2020 Virtual Summer CORD Conference occurred on June 12-13. Please view the full schedule here
Those registered for the in-person meeting on June 9-13, 2020 in Baltimore were rolled over to the corresponding Virtual Annual Leadership Meetings event, and refunded overages. For more detailed information, please view our FAQs page
In a letter sent out to AOA members and constituents on April 28, 2020, Christopher D. Harner, MD, FAOA, AOA President, wrote:
"Program Chair Rex Haydon, MD, FAOA, has shaped this year’s Meeting into an incredible lineup featuring orthopaedic thought-leaders. All year, we have been looking forward to seeing our colleagues and peers present an AOA program that challenges and provokes bold conversations on pressing critical issues.
Read the full letter from Dr. Harner about this decision here.
Unfortunately, the COVID-19 pandemic demands that leaders take stock and adjust. At this moment in history, we face unprecedented tasks, and—as leaders—we must rise to new occasions.
After much careful deliberation, the AOA leadership and staff has decided on a new format that will best meet the needs of its members and affiliates. So for this year, I’m pleased to announce: the AOA will conduct its entire 2020 AOA Annual Leadership Meetings virtually."