Course 805: Thriving in the O.R. - A Surgical Team's Guide to the Modern Orthopaedic Operating Room

Jun 21 to Jun 21, 2018

The Orthopaedic Learning Center (OLC) in Rosemont, IL
CME hours:

Course Chairs:
Co-Chair: Joseph P. Burns, MD
Co-Chair: S. Joshua Szabo, MD

Master Instructors:
Christopher K. John, MD
Kentaro Onishi, MD

Whether you are just starting out in orthopedics, or have experience that you want to fine tune to fit an arthroscopic practice, this course will prepare physician assistants to thrive. The more experience a PA has to offer a practice, the better, and having experience may make the difference between getting a job, getting a raise, or missing out. This course focus on teaching PA's how to be excellent clinicians in an arthroscopic sports type practice: relevant anatomy, diagnostics, ultrasound, and how to become an excellent surgical assistant.


Registration Fees

Member: $999.00
Non-Member: $999.00

Train as a Team

APEx courses were designed with the whole surgical team in mind. Physician attendees are strongly encouraged to bring their PA, NP, RN, or other support staff. There is no better way to prepare for real-world OR situations than to train together.


CME Information

Learning Objectives

At the completion of this course the participant will be able to:

  1. Understand basic arthroscopic anatomy and develop arthroscopic motor skills for various procedures in the shoulder and knee
  2. Understand the diagnosis, physical exam and treatment of basic shoulder and knee injuries
  3. Build fundamental knowledge to perform shoulder and knee ultrasound

Course App will be available for participants to download at least 1 month prior to the course start date. The app contains:

  • Handout materials
  • Lab assignments
  • Videos
  • Registration lists

Target Audience

The primary target audience for the course is physician assistants with a desire to improve their arthroscopic knowledge and skills in arthroscopy and sports medicine.

Please Note: Registration is limited to MDs and DOs only.

Statement of Need

AANA has determined the need for this live educational activity based on identifying professional practice gaps, previous course evaluations and the AANA Self Assessment Examination. The educational content of this activity was based upon current issues and topics provided by AANA planning committees and membership.


The Arthroscopy Association of North America is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™ Designation

The Arthroscopy Association of North America designates this live educational activity for a maximum of 8.00 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.


Course Chair:
Co-Chair: Joseph P. Burns, MD
Co-Chair: S. Joshua Szabo, MD

Master Instructors:
Christopher K. John, MD
Kentaro Onishi, MD

Travel Information

Air Travel Arrangements

Please fly into O'Hare International Airport (ORD).

Gant Travel is the official travel management company for AANA. Please identify yourself as an AANA Course participant. Gant Travel offers full mileage credit for frequent flyers.

Gant Travel Contact:
Toll-Free: (800) 621-1083
Hours: 7:30 AM - 6:00 PM (CST)

Hotel Accommodations

For your convenience AANA has reserved a block of rooms at the Hampton Inn & Suites Rosemont Chicago O’Hare (9480 W. Higgins Road, Rosemont, IL 60018). The room rate is $134 per night plus tax. Reservations can be made up to four weeks prior to the course.

For hotel reservations please call (847) 692-3000 and identify yourself as an Arthroscopy Association of North America (AANA) registrant.

Reservations can also be made online through the Hampton Inn & Suites website:
Book a Hotel Room

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Requests for refunds must be received in writing by the AANA office at least four weeks prior to the start of the course. Refunds will not be issued for requests received less than four weeks before the start of the course.

Cancellation Fee: $500.00

Course Transfers

You may switch courses within the same year, space permitting, by notifying AANA in writing at least four weeks prior to the course.

Transfer Fee: $200.00

*Course content and faculty subject to change.