New to the Conference?

If you're a new AAOE member or first-time AAOE Annual Conference attendee, then you've come to the right place!

If you're worried about your "newness" to the conference, don't be! There are events specifically planned for you and other new attendees so that you have plenty of opportunities to connect and learn about the conference. We want to make sure your first AAOE Annual Conference experience is as fun as rewarding as possible. 

Valerie Patterson, Director of Operations at Campbell Clinic Orthopaedics, was in your shoes last year as a new attendee. She shares her experience in this short video.


Saturday, April 14, 2018

Hive Welcome Event for Newbies
4:30 pm – 5:00 pm

What’s the buzz about the Hive? There may be 20,000 species of bees in the world, but the ones that matter are the “newbies” at the AAOE Annual Conference.

First-time attendees and new members are invited to stop by the Hive regularly throughout the conference. Newbies can get answers to questions, ask for buzzworthy advice, take the sting out of making new friends, or simply rest your wings in the Hive. Attending a large conference can be overwhelming. Just know that you are not alone!

The Hive kick-off will be Saturday afternoon before the Opening Reception. Newbies can learn simple tips and tricks for making the most of the conference, then take a guided tour of the meeting space. You’ll know your way around the conference and will be buddied up with a volunteer Ambassador to help ease introductions during the Opening Reception.

Start your day right each morning at the Hive Meet-Up. Then stop by the Hive anytime to meet other newbies or to chat with AAOE member volunteers. Mark “first-time attendee” and/or “new AAOE member” on your registration, then watch your email for additional details about the Hive.

The Hive Sponsored By:

Sunday, April 15, 2018

The Hive--Sponsored by McKesson
All Day

Start your day off at the morning meet-up from 7:00 am - 8:00 am to meet other newbies and AAOE member volunteers.


Monday, April 16, 2018


The Hive--Sponsored by McKesson
All Day

Stop by the Hive to chat with fellow newbies and AAOE member volunteers. Come to the morning meet-up from 7:30 am - 8:00 am before going to the Ambassador Breakfast. 

Ambassador Breakfast
8:00 am – 9:00 am

New-bees” to AAOE and the Annual Conference are invited to attend the Ambassador Breakfast to meet each other and learn more about AAOE during a delicious breakfast. The breakfast is hosted by AAOE leadership, who will discuss AAOE membership and how to get involved.

Ambassador Breakfast Sponsored By:

Tuesday, April 17, 2018

The Hive--Sponsored by McKesson
All Day

Start your last day of the conference at the morning meet-up from 7:30 am - 8:00 am to meet other newbies and AAOE member volunteers.




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