When a record of 1,253 abstracts were submitted for the AAHKS 25th Annual Meeting, it was a good indication that this year’s meeting would be great. The meeting, which took place in Dallas November 5-8, 2015, had a record 2,434 total attendees – up 25% from the 2014 Annual Meeting. Clinicians, non-clinicians, faculty, exhibitors and guests attended symposia, courses, general sessions and exhibits over the four-day event. The Annual Meeting has outgrown its current space at the Sheraton Dallas Hotel and will be moving to the Hilton Anatole for the 2016 meeting.
One of the largest increases was in the non-clinician group with the addition of “The Business of Total Joint Replacement” course designed especially for hospital administrators. There were also more representatives from exhibiting companies at the Annual Meeting as the AAHKS Corporate Partnership program has grown since last year.
“We are very pleased with the turnout for the Annual Meeting as we start the 25th Anniversary year for AAHKS. Membership is increasing, and AAHKS continues to strive to be an inclusive organization that is set on education and advocacy for the profession,” said Program Chair, Gregory G. Polkowski, MD, MSc.
AAHKS President, Jay R. Lieberman, MD provided a brief update on the organization’s advocacy efforts. A new team, National Health Advisors, has been hired to assist AAHKS in this work. Dr. Lieberman commented, “Although AAHKS has clearly strengthened its advocacy work in the past five years, in order to protect patient access and to maintain the level of care that AAHKS members want for their patients, the organization will have to become proactive in the advocacy arena.”
One of the highlights of the program was the celebration of AAHKS’ 25th Anniversary. Dr. Lieberman reflected on the year 1991 and introduced videos that gave an introspective look at our past, advocacy for patients, and the growth and future of AAHKS as told by founders, Past Presidents and future leaders. Dr. Lieberman was joined by 18 Past Presidents on stage in a tribute to their contributions to the association, and he remarked, “It’s hard to believe how much AAHKS has grown since the original meeting in Dallas in 1991. AAHKS is truly a special organization, and we are all proud of its success. I can’t wait to see what happens over the next 25 years.”