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AAOS cancels annual meeting amid COVID-19 concerns

Orthopedics Today reports The American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS) announced it has canceled its annual meeting scheduled for later this month, due to concerns surrounding the novel coronavirus. When coming to this decision, the AAOS accounted for the needs of its members in their local communities to help their institutions and patients prepare for and react to the spread of COVID-19; the potential risks associated to large gatherings; as well as the travel advisories and restrictions from the list of academic and health systems, which had an impact on the educational sessions scheduled at the meeting.

Bryan T. Kelly, MD, MBA, surgeon-in-chief at HSS, provided commentary to Orthopedics Today about the cancellation, citing, “The safety of our faculty, staff and patients is our first priority at [Hospital for Special Surgery] HSS. We have instituted a number of measures to restrict attendance at large gatherings and work-related travel that is not essential to our patient care operations, and we commend AAOS for taking precautionary steps. We look forward to sharing our research with our orthopedic colleagues at an appropriate time in the future.”

Read the article at healio.com.