Badge & Ticket Information

Registration Badges

Badges are distributed with a paid registration. A badges is required for entry to the Exhibit Hall, AAOS sessions and Annual Meeting events.  

New ~ Badges Will Not be Mailed 

Attendee must present an electronic or printed copy of their registration confirmation at the check-in counters located in the Orange County Convention Center, West Building. Level 1 and Hall D Lobbies.

New ~ Ticketless Entry

All purchased sessions, except for Sepcialty Day, will be programmed to your attendee badge and the QR code will be scanned at the session room door to gain entry. This is not related to your CME credits.                               

Academy Leverages Beacon Technology to Ensure Continuous Enhancement of Its Annual Meeting

AAOS uses sophisticated event technology to understand how participants interact with our exhibitors, events and services during the meeting. Each attendee will be assigned a secure and encrypted beacon at registration with a unique identifier that will capture traffic flow throughout the Orange County Convention Center. This data will be used in aggregate to better understand attendee interests and provide a more personalized experience at future meetings. For more information, contact AAOS at

New ~ Members Only Family Badge and Children at the Meeting Policy

AAOS members receive one complimentary Family Badge that may be used by a spouse, significant other, or immediate family member (not an active medical professional). You may pre-register a family member during online registration or on-site. All Family Badge recipients must be accompanied by the registered AAOS member and present an ID to receive a Family Badge.

Family Badge attendees 16 years and older have access to the following:

  • Academy Hall
  • Industry Exhibits
  • Your Academy/Guest Speaker

Family Badge attendees under 16 have access to Academy Hall, providing they are not disruptive to surrounding activities.

Please note: Family Badge attendees will not have access to any educational sessions or events.

Registration Includes Access to: 

  • 1000+ Posters
  • 800+ Expert Faculty                                             
  • 700+ Orthopaedic Videos                           
  • 650+ Industry Exhibits
  • 30+ Innovation Theater Sessions               
  • 25 Symposia
  • 15+ Engagement Theater Presentations NEW!   
  • 15+ Poster Tours
  • 10+ TechTalks                                           
  • 10+ Ask an Expert Sessions
  • 10+ Industry Lunch & Learn Sessions
  • 4 The Way I See It…® Sessions
  • 2 Flash Five:® What's Coming Down the Pike                               
  • 2 Showdowns® Debates
  • My Academy app                                   
  • Your Academy 2020

Course Tickets

An additional purchased ticket is required for entry to:  ALL Instructional Course Lectures (ICLs), Case Presentations, Nursing and Casting Courses and Specialty Day

  • Course tickets are sold with your registration and can be added to your registration any time up to the actual time of the session, pending availability. 
  • On-site ticket sales are available via the My Academy app, Attendee Registration in Academy Hall C, and at the Satellite Ticket Sales counter on Level 3 Lobby (near room W311).

Course Ticket Exchange: Tickets purchased in advance may be exchanged for the same type ticket (ICL ticket for an ICL ticket) at the on-site ticket sales counter. There are no exchanges available for the Education Tracks. The registrant must pay the difference between the advance purchase price and the on-site purchase price in order to exchange the ticket. No exchanges or sales after the start of the session.