Education Programming

Why You Should Attend

At the Academy Annual Meeting, you’ll discover new ideas and learn practical strategies that deliver real results for your patients.


Connect and network with more than 1,500 O&P practitioners and researchers

Collaborate with the top researchers in the profession


Access to more than 100 educational and inspirational lessons

Hands on learning opportunities


An exhibit hall featuring 150+ O&P manufacturers

Interactive learning with your peers

New in 2018

Lounge and Learn

Lounge and Learn sessions are 15 – 30-minute bursts of education scheduled at various times and locations throughout the conference area.


Crowd-Sourcing gives you the control. Using the meeting App, you will get to vote for the topic that interests you.

Learning Labs

Learning Labs focus on your personal well-being. Topics may include social media, your health, wellness, and other subjects to improve your personal and professional lives.

Can We Talk?

Roundtable discussions with specific table topics offer you the opportunity to participate in at least three group discussions to brainstorm, sound off, and share challenges, experiences, and ideas while strengthening ties to your professional community.

Hands-On Sessions

New to the 2018 Annual Meeting two hands-on sessions featuring prosthetic casting and scoliosis design led by well-known experts in the profession.

Education Content to Captivate

Symposia and Instructional Courses

  • Brain Controlling Interfaces
  • Material Science for O&P
  • Perspectives on Optimization of Balance Using Orthoses in Peripheral Neuropathy
  • Addressing Residual Limb Pain
  • Evidence Update on Benefits of MPK’s in Limited Community Ambulators
  • SSC 12: Findings on Myoelectric vs. Body-Powered UL Prostheses
  • Orthotic and Prosthetic Challenging Case Studies
  • Clinician to Educator: What It Takes to Be an Effective Teacher
  • Latest Trends – Prosthetic Foot Technology
  • Clinical Documentation – How To's
  • 2D Gait Analysis – How to Video
  • Journal Club – How to Be a Good Consumer of Research
  • Town Halls
    • Advanced Topics in Cranial Remolding
    • Overcoming Barriers in Contemporary Upper Limb Practice
  • Understanding Spasticity
  • Bioenergetics of Amputee Ambulation
  • Outcomes – Small Groups: Interpreting Scores
  • Introduction to Behavioral Science
  • Roundtable Networking

Thranhardt Lectures

These featured presentations are chosen from all submitted abstracts and focus on clinical findings, research, statistical analysis, and results.

Free Papers

Submitted by your colleagues, these brief presentations may offer clinical solutions, innovative techniques and technology, and current research findings.

New to the Profession:
Building a Professional Profile

Created for students, residents, and new clinicians, this session helps you with resume writing, interviewing skills, and creating a professional network through social media.

Full-Day Programs

  • Pedorthics
  • Mastectomy
  • Technician

Professional & Business Development

Designed to enhance your personal and professional lives, these sessions focus on business, financial management, and current trends in healthcare.

Product Display Showcases

These brief manufacturer presentations spotlight a specific product.

  • Allard USA
  • Aspen Medical Products, Inc.
  • Össur Americas, Inc.
  • Ottobock
  • WillowWood®

Technical Workshops

Technical workshops offer a comprehensive look at manufacturer products and services that can be used to improve your practice.

  • Ability Dynamics RUSH™ Foot
  • Allard USA
  • Cascade Dafo, Inc.
  • Coapt, LLC
  • Fillauer
  • Fior & Gertz GmbH
  • Legally Mine
  • LegWorks
  • LIM Innovations
  • Martin Bionics Innovations
  • OPIE Software
  • Össur Americas, Inc.
  • Ottobock
  • Townsend Design
  • Turbomed Orthotics, Inc.
  • Vorum

Can't Miss Events

Opening Session, Keynote & Kickoff

Wednesday, February 14
5:10 - 6:30 pm

Gather with us to recognize the outstanding accomplishment of O&P leaders, and prepare to be inspired by our keynote speaker, who will transform your outlook on life.

Kickoff Reception

Wednesday, February 14
6:30 - 8:00 pm

Set the tone for your meeting experience by connecting with friends and colleagues at the kickoff reception in the Exhibit Hall. Explore the exhibits, grab a snack, and gather a group to go out and enjoy all that New Orleans has to offer.

Society Networking Soiree

Thursday, February 15
6:00 - 7:30 pm

Join the leaders and members of the Academy Scientific Societies for a networking social. Learn how society membership can enhance your clinical practice. Refreshments will be served. This event is open to all Academy members.

Closing Brunch

Saturday, February 17
10:00 - 11:00 am

Take this opportunity to visit with exhibitors, colleagues, and friends, win prizes, and preview the 2019 Academy Annual Meeting. This brunch will be held in the Exhibit Hall.

Maximize your Academy and
New Orleans Experience

Jazz music, Cajun cuisine, rich history, and Mardi Gras celebrations – New Orleans has a vibe you simply can’t ignore. The Academy Annual Meeting spans Mardi Gras and Valentine’s Day, so come early and soak in all the Big Easy has to offer. The Academy has limited rooms available at a reduced rate for the three days preceding Mardi Gras. You must act now to secure these rates by calling (888) 421-1442 and referencing the 44th AAOP Annual Meeting and Scientific Symposium.

Fat Tuesday is February 13.
You have to see it to believe it.

Valentine’s Day is Wednesday,
February 14.

Bring your sweetheart to NOLA and enjoy the city together when your meeting day ends. The Academy can provide a contact for local tours and attractions for your partner to experience.

2018 Annual Meeting Clinical Content Committee
  • Mark Holowka, MSPO, CPO, FAAOP, chair
  • Stefania Fatone, PhD, BPO(Hons)
  • Shane Wurdeman, PhD, MS, CP, FAAOP
  • Kinsey Herrin, MSPO, CPO
  • Russ Hornfisher
  • Brian Kaluf, BSE, CP
  • Sally DiBello MPO, CPO
2018 Exhibit Chair
  • Jeff Kingsley