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March 1, 2016



Advocacy at #AAOS2016 Annual Meeting

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Advocacy at #AAOS2016 Annual Meeting

Seasoned vets and novices alike will have plenty of opportunities to make a difference at the #AAOS2016 Annual Meeting, March 1-5 in Orlando, FL. Now, more than ever, with so many issues central to our practice and our profession at stake, we need all members to get involved. Last year, we celebrated many legislative successes, including the repeal of the flawed Medicare sustainable growth rate, the hardship exemption from meaningful use penalties in 2015 and securing over $30 million in annual Department of Defense orthopaedic research grants. Your active participation will help us continue to advance the legislative concerns of the AAOS and other orthopaedic subspecialties. All OGR planned activities at the Annual Meeting are listed below. We hope to see you in Orlando!


AAOS Advocacy Booth
At the Advocacy Booth, you can learn more about AAOS’ OGR work to support our specialty in the US Congress and the Statehouses. Chat with OGR staff and physician advocacy leaders, renew your support with Orthopaedic PAC and take action on top legislative issues affecting your patients and practice.

Event Details:
What: AAOS Advocacy Booth
Who: All AAOS Members
When: Wednesday and Thursday, March 2-3, 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Friday, March 4, 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM
Where: Orange County Convention Center, West Building, Hall WA Booth #2137

AAOS Orthopaedic PAC Donor Lounge
Your contribution moves us one step closer to effectively meeting the challenges that face our profession. Let us show our appreciation for your support! Don’t miss this opportunity to take a break during the meeting to charge your iPad, pick up complimentary beverages and snacks and visit with other PAC members and AAOS staff.

Event Details:
What: AAOS PAC Donor Lounge
Who: All 2016 Orthopaedic Donors (membership ribbon required)
When: Wednesday and Thursday, March 2-3, 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Friday, March 4, 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM
Where: Orange County Convention Center, West Building, Hall WA Booth #2137

2016 Orthopaedic PAC Luncheon
To give our thanks for AAOS Members generous support of the Orthopaedic PAC, former Governor Rick Perry will address 2015-2016 AAOS Orthopaedic PAC members at the annual PAC luncheon.

Seating is by availability. To confirm your attendance, please RSVP to Katrina Wallace at

Event Details:
What: PAC Luncheon
Who: PAC contributors, Residents and distinguished guest, former United States Governor Rick Perry (R-TX) (membership ribbon required)
When: Wednesday, March 2, 2016 – 11:30am-1:30pm
Where: Orange County Convention Center, West Building, Room W224

New! Orthopaedic PAC Resident Networking Reception
Residents represent the future of the Association. Our Orthopaedic PAC has made it a top priority to educate early and often on AAOS advocacy efforts. To continue to foster this growth, we’re pleased to announce our first Orthopaedic PAC Resident Networking Reception. Placed conveniently after the resident bowl on Thursday, March 4, residents will have the opportunity to network with AAOS’ most influential advocacy leaders. The reception is free to attend, but non-contributors must contribute a nominal amount for drink tickets and their membership in the PAC.

Event Details:
What: Orthopaedic PAC Resident Networking Reception
Who: All Residents
When: Thursday, March 3, 2016 – 6:30-7:30pm
Where: Hyatt Regency Orlando, Plaza International Ballroom K

For more information about the Orthopaedic PAC, visit or contact