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Networking and Events

Build relationships that help you and your career.
Get connected at these networking and conference events.

You'll gain fresh perspectives and sharper skills by networking with peers and industry leaders who share your interests and concerns at this year's Annual Conference.

AAOE Bones Bucks!
Introducing a new and exciting addition to the 2024 AAOE Annual Conference – AAOE Bones Bucks! Every attendee gets the opportunity to accumulate funds from exhibitors on the exhibit hall floor. With your collected money, you can participate in the AAOE Auction, bidding on any of the four enticing prizes. The more Bones Bucks you amass, the greater your chances of securing a fantastic prize! It's a thrilling way to engage with exhibitors, enhance your conference experience, and potentially walk away with some fantastic rewards.

Welcome Happy Hour!
Thursday, April 25, 2024  5:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.

Speed Meetings (Separate Registration Required)
Friday, April 26, 2024 9:30 a.m to 11:45 a.m.
Apply for Speed Meetings with Vendors for a quick exploration of products and services from top companies that could make your business the best it can be. You will be scheduled with participating company representatives based on your purchasing needs, but without obligation.

Group Discussions by Practice Size
Friday, April 25, 2024  2:45 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Group Discussion by practice size will be offered again this year to help you make important connections with professionals from similarly sized practices.

Each practice size presents its own unique challenges and rewards. Talk to others who work in practices similar in size to your own. Discuss the issues you’re facing and get relevant insight and advice from peers who are going through the same things as you are.

Practice Size Groups:
  • 1-5 Physicians
  • 6-9 Physicians
  • 10-14 Physicians
  • 15 - 25 Physicians
  • 26+ Physicians

Opening Reception in Exhibit Hall
Friday, April 26, 2024  4:15 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.
Conference festivities kick off Thursday evening with the Opening Reception. Head to the Exhibit Hall for appetizers, drinks, and great company! Mingle with other attendees and chat with helpful company representatives about your product and service needs.

Group Discussions by Topic
Saturday, April 27, 2024 4:00 p.m. - 5:15 p.m.
Discuss hot industry topics with attendees who are facing issues similar to your own.
  • Leadership
  • Legislative and Regulatory Issues
  • Practice Models and Ancillary Services
  • Practice Workflow and Patient Experience
  • Staffing
  • Technology
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Carnival Reception in the Exhibit Hall
Saturday, April 27, 2024  5:15 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.
Join other attendees for a fun reception in the Exhibit Hall complete with appetizers, drinks, and great company! This is another opportunity to mingle with other attendees and chat with helpful company representatives about your product and service needs.

Sunday, April 28, 2024
Donate $25 or more to The Boys and Girls Clubs of Chicago at registration and receive a t-shirt. Be sure to wear your Boys and Girls Clubs of Chicago shirt on Sunday and be included in the group picture on stage at the general session. 

Facilitated Roundtable Discussions
Monday, April 29, 2024 8:30 a.m. - 9:45 a.m.
Join us for facilitated discussions designed to help orthopedic staff and practitioners share ideas, strategies and build their network. Attendees will choose the roundtable group that best fits their career stage or function.

  • CEO Executive Roundtable
  • Senior Leadership (Non-CEO/Practice Administrator) Roundtable
  • Mid-Career/Mid Management Professional Roundtable
  • Young & New Professional Roundtable
  • Physician & Provider Roundtable
  • Finance Leader Roundtable

Buzz by The HIVE
Whether you are a new member or it's your first time attending our conference, we understand that it can feel daunting to navigate such a large event. That's why we have created The Hive, a dedicated meet-up space where you can find all the support and guidance you need to make the most of your on-site experience.

Friday, April 26, 2024
9:00 a.m. - 10:00 a.m. Coffee and Networking in The Hive
4:00 p.m. - 4:30 p.m. The Hive Welcome Event

Saturday April 27, 2024  Carnival Day

7:30 a.m. - 8:30 a.m. The Hive Meetup

Sunday, April 28, 2024  Charity Day

7:30 a.m. - 8:30 a.m. The Hive Meetup      
5:00 p.m. - 5:30 p.m. Orthopedic Practice Model Meetup in The Hive