The COVID-19 pandemic is ever-evolving, and orthopaedic practices across the globe are changing their processes and guidelines in response so that they can better protect their staff, patients and themselves.

Remain up-to-speed on all the latest COVID-19 information and how it relates to AANA lab courses and events with the variety of helpful resources below.

Join a panel of AANA Leaders as they discuss ways to navigate the threats and challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic along with strategies to reopen practices during two different, exclusive webinars. AANA wants all practices to weather this storm and remain healthy and viable to ultimately resume the care of patients once the acute phase of this crisis has passed.

How to Plan to Reopen Your Practice

Recorded on April 23, 2020

Strategies to Keep Your Practice Alive and Well

Recorded on April 2, 2020

2020 AANA Annual Meeting Update

The Arthroscopy Association of North America’s Executive Committee has made the critical and necessary decision to cancel the AANA 2020 Annual Meeting scheduled for May 7-9, 2020 in Grapevine, Texas.

Great consideration was given to the health of AANA staff, partners, volunteers, members – and of course, the patients of our members. The AANA staff and Executive Committee have been communicating regularly to discuss the evolving situation and explored all possible options. With guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and state departments, AANA concluded that the best course of action was to exercise extreme caution and cancel the meeting.

We want to thank the faculty that were prepared to deliver valuable content and research, a hallmark of the AANA Annual Meeting that has made it such an important meeting for Orthopaedic Surgeons from across the globe. Thank you to our Corporate Partners and exhibitors, whose presence enhances our meeting and supports the organization as it advances the scope of orthopaedic surgery.

Attendees, please check your email for information regarding registration fees. If you have any questions, please contact

We are looking forward to calmer and healthier times, so please save the date for the AANA 40th Anniversary celebrations at AANA21 in Chicago, April 22-24, 2021! Be well and stay healthy.


Larry D. Field, M.D.
AANA President

AANA Lab Courses and COVID-19

Small Joint Lab Course – July 17-19, 2020, Orthopaedic Learning Center (OLC)

AANA, with the support of the OLC and Course Chairs Drs. Stone, Ferkel, Szabo and Weiss, has made the decision to cancel the Small Joint Lab Course that was to take place at the OLC, July 17-19, 2020. We are now excited to offer the APEX Elbow Course, a multi-format, virtual program designed to focus and refine skills in elbow arthroscopy. If you have any concerns regarding initial registrations with the course, please email

Learn more about the virtual APEX Elbow Course here.

Arthroscopic and Open Shoulder Lab Course – August 21-23, 2020, Orthopaedic Learning Center (OLC)

The Arthroscopic and Open Shoulder Course has transitioned to a virtual format. The multi-format program offers one-on-one case study review with an expert, a live webinar with expert Q&A and breakout sessions, real-time discussions though various social platforms, surgical skills demonstrations and procedure videos, pre-recorded lecture presentations and more! If you have any concerns regarding initial registrations with the course, please email

Learn more about the virtual APEX Arthroscopic and Open Shoulder Course here.

Advanced Knee Lab Course – Preceding OSET 2020 December 7-8, 2020 | Bellagio Hotel, Las Vegas, Nevada

AANA is excited to announce its partnership with the Orthopaedic Summit 2020: Evolving Techniques (OSET) to host the Advanced Knee: Ligament, Meniscus, Articular Cartilage and Osteotomy Pre-Course December 7-8, 2020 at the Bellagio Hotel in Las Vegas. The course will be held in conjunction with OSET 2020 December 8-12 to educate participants on the latest techniques and trends in knee arthroscopy. Register now. If you have any concerns regarding initial registrations with the course, please email

Other 2020 AANA Lab Courses

AANA is actively planning to ensure our Fall 2020 meetings are as safe as possible for all participants, starting with the development and implementation of the AANA Safe Strides™ Initiative that enforces safety while resuming cutting-edge education opportunities.

While the current cancellation policy for AANA Lab Courses holds, we are sensitive to challenges due to the virus and travel restrictions. Please let us know if your institutions and employers have enacted any travel restrictions or protocols for Fall 2020 by sending us an email at Check this page for the latest updates. If you have any concerns, please email


With telemedicine becoming more widely used as a result of social distancing guidelines in place, now is the perfect opportunity to start utilizing the myriad benefits telemedicine offers.

Learn more about AANA’s recent partnership with OrthoLive (AANA Members receive a discounted rate!) and discover other helpful resources related to telemedicine.

Inside AANA E-Newsletter and COVID-19

The Inside AANA E-Newlsetter – March 2020 and April 2020 Issues feature a variety of practical tips and resources Orthopaedic Surgeons can incorporate into their practices during the COVID-19 pandemic.

View June 2020 E-Newsletter

View May 2020 E-Newsletter

View April 2020 E-Newsletter

View March 2020 E-Newsletter

AANA Joint Conversations Blog and COVID-19

Looking for a way to continue sharing your research amid social distancing? Check out AANA's latest blog post, "Physically Distant, but Socially Connected: How to Continue Sharing Research and Pearls with Colleagues."

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