Resident Bowl 2020 FAQs

  1. When and where will the Resident Bowl take place?

    Thursday, March 26, 2020
    3:30 - 5:00 PM ET

    Orange County Convention Center
    Orlando, FL

  2. How does it work?

    Teams of 4 residents, up to 30 teams, will compete by answering questions in two formats. The first 2 rounds (20 questions each) will be played in a multiple-choice,"quiz-bowl" format with a mix of questions including: orthopaedics, orthopaedic history and general (non-orthopaedic) trivia. Teams will continue to play until the end of the second round, leaving the two teams with the highest scores to compete on stage for the final round.  More information about the structure can be found in the guidelines document.

  3. Who can apply to play in the Resident Bowl? And how do I apply?

    Any orthopaedic resident who is attending the Annual Meeting can apply to participate, including residents in a fellowship.  Residents will be invited to participate via email, the AAOS Residents' Newsletter, and through the Resident Delegates.  Residents can apply at aaos.org/residentbowl. Any resident who would like to participate should complete the application by February 25, 2020. 

  4. How are participants selected to play in the Resident Bowl?

    No more than 100 participants are able to play in the Resident Bowl. If less than 100 residents apply, all will participate. If more than 120 applications are submitted, a random selection process will be utilized to choose the 100 participants.

  5. When will I know if I am selected?

    Applicants will be notified of the status of their application by late February, 2020.

  6. How are the teams compiled and how do I find out who is on my team?

    This year, you will have the option to create your own team of four, or be assigned a team if applying individually.  If you plan to apply as a team, select the team option within the application, and list your teammates.  Please make sure to have your teammates apply too! If you have only one or two teammates, you will be assigned one or more participants who applied without a full team of four members. 

    Teams will be as balanced between PGY as possible.  Your team information will be sent by late February, 2020.

  7. I didn't get selected to participate, can I watch the Resident Bowl anyway? Definitely! There will be designated audience space in the room to cheer on your fellow residents. 

  8. Is there audience seating for non-residents?
    Yes! There is seating in the back for audience members, just as long as they have a badge and are registered to attend the Annual Meeting. 

  9. I was selected to participate, but now I can't attend the meeting. What should I do?
    Make sure to email residentassembly@aaos.org as soon as you know that you are unable to participate. Per the guidelines, participants who do not communicate this will not be able to participate in future years. 

  10. Are there prizes for the winners?
    Yes! Gift certificates will be presented to the winners as well as promotions in various AAOS publications. 

  11. Will there be food and drinks available?
    Yes, snacks and non-alcoholic beverages will be provided. 

  12. How were the questions developed?
    A workgroup of AAOS fellows representing all subspecialty areas developed the questions. They were also vetted and piloted through an additional group of AAOS fellows. 

  13. I couldn't make it to the Annual Meeting this year; will the Resident Bowl be available next year too?
    We anticipate the Resident Bowl to be an ongoing part of the AAOS Annual Meeting. Encourage your colleagues who are able to attend to participate in the Bowl!

  14. Are there rules and guidelines for the Resident Bowl?
    Yes! You can find them by scrolling up to the Structure & Rules tab on this page.  

  15. What is the dress code for the Resident Bowl?
    Casual, if possible. Teams are encouraged to color coordinate, make matching t-shirts, paint their faces, etc. Business casual is also acceptable if you are coming from the Resident Assembly or other meetings that day. Come as you are!

  16. Will AAOS fund my trip to the Annual Meeting if I register?
    No.  AAOS does not provide funding for attendees for Annual Meeting.

  17. Will signing up for the Resident Bowl also register me for the Annual Meeting?
    No, you will have to do that separately.  Registering for the Annual Meeting is mandatory.  You will need to be registered for the Annual Meeting in order to participate in the Resident Bowl