A Special Message from AOSSM President James P. Bradley MD
Dear AOSSM members, friends and valued partners,
On behalf of the AOSSM Board of Directors, I am sad to report that due to ongoing concerns over the COVID-19 pandemic, we have made the difficult decision to cancel the 2020 Annual Meeting, scheduled to take place this July 9-12 in Seattle.
AOSSM’s priority is the health and safety of our community, including our members, staff, supporters, vendors and volunteers. We have been monitoring the COVID-19 pandemic from the beginning stages, and all along, continued to work hard putting the finishing touches on our event. We remained very hopeful about bringing our community together in July.
AOSSM’s professional team, in partnership with the 2020 Annual Meeting Program Chair, Lee Kaplan MD and the Program Committee, are in the process of creating a unique, virtual experience packaging together several key elements planned for Seattle. Details will be available in the coming weeks via sportsmed.org. Additional information regarding the 2020 Annual Meeting cancellation can be found on our FAQ page
We recognize the magnitude of this decision for the association and our membership, and I along with the Board were very much looking forward to the outstanding programs and events we had planned.
The Annual Meeting brings together thousands of passionate professionals and hundreds of exhibitors every year to celebrate the research, science and camaraderie of the orthopaedic surgical sports medicine family. Our coming together not only galvanizes the profession and its stakeholders, but also provides opportunities for attendees to explore and connect with one another while exploring our host cities. This year, we were especially looking forward to the event taking place in Seattle; however, the well-being of our community, staff and Seattle residents is the number one concern, and that drove our decision-making.
Although this is a great disappointment, AOSSM is far from the only organization taking a hard look at its events. We are using this to fuel our planning for the 2021 Annual Meeting in Nashville next July and looking ahead to our 50th Anniversary event in July 2022.
We want to ensure both meetings are incredible experiences and serve as opportunities for the profession to regroup and recharge.As an organization, we have been quick to adapt to the situation. The dynamic education and events scheduled for this Spring are being re-imagined. We are actively creating new opportunities and pushing forward.
One example is the Orthopaedic Sports Medicine Fellows Webinar Series
which runs every Tuesday through June 30. The AOSSM Fellowship Committee, under the direction of Chair Jeffrey R. Dugas MD, jumped into action and developed this series specifically for current sports medicine fellows to assist in fulfilling their education and achieving career goals. The series also is available to residents to provide additional education during this time.
The Playbook, our much-anticipated online learning system, officially launches in June. The Playbook has been designed to be a user-friendly, innovative and efficient way to view current and past AOSSM eLearning content.
I am especially excited about the Playbook’s surgical video library component, an excellent learning and teaching resource for members and those pursuing an orthopaedic sports surgery sub-specialty. Surgical videos are available on a wide selection of procedure types, and new videos will continue to be added frequently.
As always, the Board of Directors and professional team are available for any questions you have about planned events for this year. The situation with COVID-19 is fluid and changing weekly. AOSSM will continue to keep you updated via email and at sportsmed.org. Thank you for your passion and dedication to our profession and our Society.
James P. Bradley MD