Musculoskeletal
Galaxy

June 23 – 27, 2021 | Portland, OR

Registration will open in early Spring.

If you’d like an email when registration opens, let us know!

Overview

Overview

What Is the Musculoskeletal Galaxy?

Learn critical orthopaedic topics from expert faculty at this popular conference! This course is designed to offer PAs and NPs a well-rounded foundation on the essential orthopaedic topics. It’s the perfect course if you are new to orthopaedics, or if you are a family practice, emergency medicine, or urgent care provider who sees musculoskeletal conditions in your daily practice. Faculty will discuss topics across orthopaedic specialties, including the most common conditions of the spine, shoulder, elbow, wrist, hand, hip, knee, ankle, and foot.

There are 2 options for case-based instruction from Galaxy 2021 expert faculty:

  1. Meet with your fellow PAs and NPs in Portland while earning up to 33.5 credits of AAPA Category 1 CME.
  2. Experience the conference from the comfort of your home with the virtual experience while earning up to 25 credits of AAPA Category 1 CME.

The in-person experience features:

  • 3.5-day general course full of interactive sessions in orthopaedics
  • Optional half-day pre-courses
    • Hands-on Acute Care Splinting and Casting Workshop
    • Hands-on Musculoskeletal Injection Workshop for Beginners
  • Networking opportunities with colleagues

 The virtual experience features:

  • 3.5-day general course with content livestreamed from Portland
  • Opportunity to watch sessions live and engage with the in-person speaker or watch later at a more convenient time

Course Directors

  • Christopher V. Bensen, MD
  • Travis L. Randolph, PA-C, ATC

Accreditation Statements

In-Person Experience

The 2021 Musculoskeletal Galaxy: Acute Care Splinting and Casting Workshop – In-Person, offered June 23, 2021, has been reviewed by the AAPA Review Panel and is compliant with AAPA CME Criteria. This activity is designated for 4.75 AAPA Category 1 CME credits. PAs should only claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation.

The 2021 Musculoskeletal Galaxy: Musculoskeletal Injection Workshop for Beginners – In-Person, offered June 23, 2021, has been reviewed by the AAPA Review Panel and is compliant with AAPA CME Criteria. This activity is designated for 3.75 AAPA Category 1 CME credits. PAs should only claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation.

The 2021 Musculoskeletal Galaxy: General Course – In-Person, offered June 24 – 27, 2021, has been reviewed by the AAPA Review Panel and is compliant with AAPA CME Criteria. This activity is designated for 25 AAPA Category 1 CME credits. PAs should only claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation.

Virtual Experience

The 2021 Musculoskeletal Galaxy: General Course – Virtual has been reviewed by the AAPA Review Panel and is compliant with AAPA CME Criteria. This activity is designated for 25 AAPA Category 1 CME credits. PAs should only claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation. Approval is valid through June 30, 2022.

 

Are you an NP?

NPs can often claim AAPA Category 1 CME credit as continuing education with AANPCB and ANCC. Check with your certification/licensing authority to confirm that AAPA credit is acceptable – and then register for this great course!

Conference Registration

Conference Registration

In-Person Experience Information

General Course – In-Person (25 AAPA Category 1 CME credits*)

Thursday, June 24 – Sunday, June 27

Price:

  • AAPA or AAOS Member: $899
  • Nonmember: $1,199

This is the registration option for the in-person General Course experience in Portland. Registration includes 4 continental breakfasts, lunch on Thursday and Saturday, a networking event on Thursday, and online access to course materials. Please note that in-person attendees will not have access to the livestreamed sessions or session recordings.

Optional Pre-Courses

Pre-Course #1 – Acute Care Splinting and Casting Workshop – In-Person (4.75 AAPA Category 1 CME credits*)

Wednesday, June 23, 1 – 6 p.m. PT

Price:

  • AAPA or AAOS Member: $379
  • Nonmember: $479

Separate registration required. Limited seats available!

The half-day, hands-on Acute Care Splinting and Casting Workshop is designed for new graduate PAs/NPs and PAs/NPs who are new to treating musculoskeletal injuries. Our instructors will help you develop the skills you will need to effectively apply acute care splints for common upper and lower extremity injuries. This course will cover the following splints: volar wrist splint, ulnar gutter splint, upper extremity sugar tong splint, low leg posterior splint and low leg stirrup (sugar tong) splint. The application of fiberglass short arm and short leg casts will also be covered. Unfortunately, due to time constraints, this workshop will not cover fracture reduction techniques, advanced skills, or application of plaster splints/casts. Attendees should wear shorts and a T-shirt to the workshop.

Pre-Course #2 – Musculoskeletal Injection Workshop for Beginners – In-Person (3.75 AAPA Category 1 CME credits*)

Two sessions available:

  • Wednesday, June 23, 8 a.m. – 12 p.m. PT
  • Wednesday, June 23, 1 – 5 p.m. PT

Price:

  • AAPA or AAOS Member: $299
  • Nonmember: $399

Separate registration required. Limited seats available!

This half-day, highly interactive injection workshop is designed for new graduate PAs/NPs and PAs/NPs who are new to treating musculoskeletal injuries. Our instructors will offer a lecture, demonstration, and most importantly, a hands-on learning experience. You will learn about the materials, indications, contraindications, risks, benefits, and proper technique of injection therapy. The workshop will address the evaluation and management of common musculoskeletal problems of the upper and lower extremity and the role of injection therapy in these conditions.

The following injections will be covered: shoulder joint, subacromial bursitis, lateral and medial epicondylitis, olecranon bursitis, de Quervain’s tenosynovitis, trigger finger, first carpal metacarpal (CMC) joint, trochanteric bursitis, knee joint, pes anserine bursitis, prepatellar bursitis, plantar fasciitis, and Morton’s neuroma.

Working in small groups led by an instructor, you will gain beginning competencies in proper injection technique as you practice on fellow attendees and electronic models. Attendees should wear loose, comfortable clothing (T-shirts, shorts, etc.) and be prepared to practice palpating anatomical landmarks for proper injection technique.


Virtual Experience Information

General Course – Virtual (25 AAPA Category 1 CME credits*)

Thursday, June 24 – Sunday, June 27

Price:

  • AAPA or AAOS Member: $749
  • Nonmember: $1,049

New this year, there will be a virtual General Course option for those who do not want to travel to Portland. All general course sessions with the exception of a few breakout sessions will be livestreamed for virtual attendees to view at the time of the scheduled sessions. The interactive livestreamed sessions will allow virtual attendees to participate in interactive polling and Q&A with the speakers. Take a look at the agenda to see which sessions will be livestreamed. Not able to watch the sessions at the scheduled time? No problem! A recording of each livestreamed session will be available once the scheduled session is over. Virtual attendees will have access to session recordings until June 30, 2022.

Please note that there are no virtual experience options for the hands-on pre-courses.

*This course is not approved for Category A continuing education for certified athletic trainers.

Should I Attend?

Should I Attend?

Both PAs and NPs are invited to attend the Musculoskeletal Galaxy. It’s the perfect course if you are new to orthopaedics or if you are a family practice, emergency medicine, or urgent care provider who sees musculoskeletal conditions in your daily practice. Take a look at our most recent in-person attendee data from 2019 to learn more.

 

2019 Attendees by Profession

While the majority of attendees are PAs, the NP attendance at Galaxy has been growing over the past few years, and we look forward to an even higher NP attendance in 2021.

 

2019 Attendees by Specialty

The Musculoskeletal Galaxy is designed for PAs and NPs new to orthopaedics or those who see a lot of musculoskeletal conditions in their daily practice.

 

2019 Attendees by Years of Experience in Current Specialty

The Musculoskeletal Galaxy is ideal for those with less than 5 years of experience in orthopaedics or those of any experience level in family practice, emergency medicine, or urgent care.

 

Agenda

Agenda

Below is a list of all of the sessions that are taking place at Galaxy 2021. The sessions that will be livestreamed for virtual attendees are noted with a icon. Please note that all times listed are Pacific Time.

  • June 23

    wednesday

    • 7:30 AM – 6:00 PM

      On-Site Registration

    • 8:00 AM – 12:00 PM

      Pre-Course: Musculoskeletal Injection Workshop for Beginners – Morning Session (Separate registration required.)

    • 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM

      Lunch (On Your Own)

    • 1:00 PM – 5:00 PM

      Pre-Course: Musculoskeletal Injection Workshop for Beginners – Afternoon Session (Separate registration required.)

    • 1:00 PM – 6:00 PM

      Pre-Course: Acute Care Splinting and Casting Workshop (Separate registration required.)

  • June 24

    thursday

    • 7:00 AM – 5:00 PM

      On-Site Registration

    • 7:00 AM – 8:00 AM

      Exhibits and Breakfast (Provided)

    • 8:00 AM – 8:15 AM

      Welcome Remarks

    • 8:15 AM – 9:25 AM

      Basics of Musculoskeletal Imaging

    • 9:30 AM – 10:15 AM

      Common Orthopaedic Conditions of the Knee – Part 1

    • 10:15 AM – 10:30 AM

      Exhibits/Break

    • 10:30 AM – 11:25 AM

      The Language of Fractures

    • 11:30 AM – 12:15 PM

      Common Orthopaedic Conditions of the Knee – Part 2

    • 12:15 PM – 1:15 PM

      Exhibits and Lunch (Provided)

    • 1:15 PM – 3:00 PM

      Breakout Session 1 (Choose One)

        • Do You See What I See? Common Radiology Cases
        • Surgical Skills Lab for Fracture Fixation: Open Reduction Internal Fixation and Lag Screw Techniques
        • Orthopaedic Fracture Management
        • Upper Extremity and C-Spine Physical Exam Techniques
        • Lower Extremity and L-Spine Physical Exam Techniques

      *See note below regarding breakouts for virtual attendees.

    • 3:00 PM – 3:15 PM

      Exhibits/Break

    • 3:15 PM – 5:00 PM

      Breakout Session 2 (Choose One)

        • Do You See What I See? Common Radiology Cases
        • Surgical Skills Lab for Fracture Fixation: Open Reduction Internal Fixation and Lag Screw Techniques
        • Orthopaedic Fracture Management
        • Upper Extremity and C-Spine Physical Exam Techniques
        • Lower Extremity and L-Spine Physical Exam Techniques

      *See note below regarding breakouts for virtual attendees.

    • 5:00 PM – 6:00 PM

      Welcome Reception

  • June 25

    friday

    • 6:15 AM – 7:00 AM

      Group Run (Optional)

    • 7:00 AM – 5:00 PM

      On-Site Registration

    • 7:00 AM – 8:00 AM

      Exhibits and Breakfast (Provided)

    • 8:00 AM – 9:45 AM

      Breakout Session 3 (Choose One)

        • Surgical Skills Lab for Fracture Fixation: Open Reduction Internal Fixation and Lag Screw Techniques
        • Orthopaedic Fracture Management
        • Upper Extremity and C-Spine Physical Exam Techniques
        • Lower Extremity and L-Spine Physical Exam Techniques

      *See note below regarding breakouts for virtual attendees.

    • 9:45 AM – 10:00 AM

      Exhibits/Break

    • 10:00 AM – 10:55 AM

      Common Orthopaedic Conditions of the Foot and Ankle

    • 11:00 AM – 11:45 AM

      Common Orthopaedic Conditions of the Shoulder in the Young Athlete

    • 11:45 AM – 1:45 PM

      Lunch (On Your Own)

    • 1:45 PM – 2:30 PM

      Common Orthopaedic Conditions of the Shoulder in Weekend Warriors

    • 2:35 PM – 3:30 PM

      Common Orthopaedic Conditions of the Spine

    • 3:30 PM – 3:45 PM

      Break

    • 3:45 PM – 5:00 PM

      Pediatric Orthopaedic Review

  • June 26

    saturday

    • 6:15 AM – 7:00 AM

      Group Run (Optional)

    • 7:00 AM – 5:00 PM

      On-Site Registration

    • 7:00 AM – 8:00 AM

      Breakfast (Provided)

    • 8:00 AM – 8:55 AM

      Common Orthopaedic Conditions of the Wrist and Hand

    • 9:00 AM – 10:00 AM

      Common Orthopaedic Conditions of the Elbow

    • 10:00 AM – 10:15 AM

      Break

    • 10:15 AM – 12:15 PM

      How to Keep Your Job: Understanding Reimbursement and Knowing Your Value

    • 12:15 PM – 1:15 PM

      Lunch (Provided)

    • 1:15 PM – 2:10 PM

      Basics of Orthopaedic Pharmacology

    • 2:15 PM – 3:15 PM

      Common Orthopaedic Conditions of the Hip

    • 3:15 PM – 3:30 PM

      Break

    • 3:30 PM – 5:00 PM

      Hip and Knee Arthroplasty: From Pre-Op to Post-Op

  • June 27

    Sunday

    • 7:00 AM – 12:30 PM

      On-Site Registration

    • 7:00 AM – 8:00 AM

      Breakfast (Provided)

    • 8:00 AM – 9:25 AM

      Billing and Coding for Orthopaedics

    • 9:30 AM – 10:15 AM

      Overview of Musculoskeletal Infections

    • 10:15 AM – 10:45 AM

      Break for Hotel Check-Out

    • 10:45 AM – 11:30 AM

      Overview of Orthopaedic Oncology

    • 11:35 AM – 12:20 PM

      Orthopaedic Rehabilitation Techniques

    • 12:20 PM – 12:30 PM

      Closing Remarks

This agenda may be updated or modified without notification.

 

Breakouts for Virtual Attendees

Due to the varying formats of the breakout sessions, the breakouts will be slightly different for virtual attendees.

  • The Do You See What I See? Common Radiology Cases Breakout Session will be livestreamed during the first breakout time slot, and a recording will be available following the livestreamed session.
  • The Orthopaedic Fracture Management Breakout Session will be pre-recorded for virtual attendees and available at the start of the conference.
  • The Upper Extremity and C-Spine Physical Exam Techniques Breakout Session and the Lower Extremity and L-Spine Physical Exam Techniques Breakout Session will be combined into one session for virtual attendees, and the content will be pre-recorded and available at the start of the conference.
  • The Surgical Skills Lab for Fracture Fixation: Open Reduction Internal Fixation and Lag Screw Techniques Breakout Session will not be available to virtual attendees due to the hands-on nature of the content.
Safety Measures & Cancellation Policies

Safety Measures & Cancellation Policies

Safety Measures

AAPA and AAOS’s utmost concern is the health and safety of our attendees and their patients, as well as our exhibitors, speakers, and staff. We are committed to making this in-person meeting as safe as possible. Here are the ways we are working to make this a safe environment for everyone at Galaxy 2021.

What AAPA Is Doing:

  • There will be a safer registration check-in experience, including the following:
    • Contactless check-in: Attendees will be able to take their own badges, bags, and materials from the on-site registration desk.
    • Lines will be marked to have attendees 6 feet apart.
  • AAPA, AAOS, and hotel staff will wear masks.
  • Lecture-based education sessions will be set up to allow 6 feet between chairs.
    • Participation in the hands-on sessions is optional. For the hands-on sessions, groups will be as small as possible (ideally 2-3 per group), and groups will be spaced at least 6 feet apart. Hands-on materials will be sanitized between uses.
  • Larger aisle ways and one-way aisles will be defined in meeting spaces.
  • Food and beverages will be provided in a no-contact way.
  • Hand sanitizer will be available for attendees to use in meeting spaces and foyer.
  • There will be a contactless way to ask questions without touching microphones.
  • Outdoor spaces will be utilized for networking/meal events when possible.

What the Venue Is Doing:

  • Marriott wants you to travel with confidence and has a “Commitment to Clean.
  • Marriott provides less contact and more convenience with their various ways to reduce contact to increase your comfort. This includes mobile and web check-in options, as well as a mobile key.
  • Read more about what the Portland Marriott Downtown Waterfront is doing.

What Attendees Should Do:

  • Attendees will be required to wear masks at the conference. If possible, please bring your own mask. There will be extra masks on-site in case an attendee does not have one.
  • If you have any symptoms of COVID-19, including fever, chills, cough, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, fatigue, muscle or body aches, headache, new loss of taste or smell, sore throat, congestion or runny nose, nausea, vomiting, or diarrhea, please stay home and seek medical advice.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom, before eating, and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.
  • Be sure to practice everyday preventive actions.

Please note that these safety measures are subject to change based upon guidance from the CDC and local authorities at the time of the conference.


Cancellation Policies

At the present time, we plan to proceed with both in-person and virtual experience options for Galaxy 2021.

Please be assured that our utmost concern is the health and safety of our attendees and their patients, as well as exhibitors and staff. AAPA is closely monitoring the situation with COVID-19. As you know, many large meetings have transitioned to fully virtual courses, but we feel it would be premature for us to do so at this time. Information about coronavirus for travelers and tips for prevention are available on the CDC’s website. AAPA is committed to sharing information as soon as it becomes available. We thank everyone for their patience and understanding as we adapt to the unpredictable nature of COVID-19 and its potential impact on Galaxy 2021. Please direct any questions to [email protected]

Cancellation Policy Surrounding COVID-19

  • If AAPA and AAOS cancel the in-person Galaxy 2021 conference in Portland, all registrants’ registration fees will be transferred to the fully virtual conference experience, and participants will be refunded for the difference in price, if applicable.*
  • If a registrant can no longer attend the in-person conference due to state and/or institutional travel bans, he/she can transfer his/her registration fees to the virtual conference experience without penalty, and receive a refund for the difference in price, if applicable.
  • If a registrant can no longer attend the in-person conference due to personally testing positive for COVID-19, he/she can transfer his/her registration fees to the virtual conference experience without penalty, and receive a refund for the difference in price, if applicable.
  • All other reasons for cancellation will follow the standard cancellation policy noted below.
  • At any time, should you wish to convert your in-person conference registration to the virtual conference experience, you may do so with no penalty by contacting [email protected].

 *If AAPA has to transition to a fully virtual course, please note that the delivery format and number of CME credits may vary from the format of the virtual experience that is currently planned.

Standard Cancellation Policy

  • We offer a 75% refund for cancellations received at least 30 days prior to a conference or seminar.
  • We offer a 50% refund for cancellations received less than 30 days prior to a conference or seminar.
  • Generally, we do not offer any refunds or credits for no-shows and cancellation notifications received after the conference or seminar is held.
Venue & Travel

Venue & Travel

Venue

Don’t miss out on our special hotel rate for Galaxy attendees!

The Musculoskeletal Galaxy will take place at the Portland Marriott Downtown Waterfront, 1401 SW Naito Parkway, Portland, OR 97201. A discounted room rate of $199, plus applicable taxes, has been secured for attendees and will be available until Wednesday, June 2, 2021, or until the room block is full. After that time, a room cannot be guaranteed.

Book Hotel Room

Reservations can also be made over the phone by calling Marriott Reservations at 800-546-9513.  Please be sure to mention “AAPA/AAOS Musculoskeletal Galaxy” in order to receive the special discounted group rate.

Check-in time is 4 p.m. and check-out time is 12 p.m. Reservations must be cancelled 48 hours prior to arrival to avoid a no-show fee equal to one night’s room and tax. All reservations and cancellations must be made directly with the hotel.

Should you have any issues booking a hotel room, please contact Mairi Gardner.

Thinking about staying elsewhere? Don’t! By staying at the conference hotel, you have easy access to the day’s sessions, meals, and countless networking opportunities with your peers. Additionally, by staying within the block, you help AAPA negotiate the best rates for our attendees.  

Hotel Perks

  • Conveniently located downtown, walkable to countless bars and restaurants
  • Smart TV — log into your Netflix or Hulu account
  • Complimentary high-speed wireless internet in guest rooms
  • 24-Hour complimentary fitness center access

Travel

Flying? This hotel is only 9.8 miles from the Portland International Airport (PDX). Hotel shuttle service to and from the airport is not provided; however, there are inexpensive transportation options available. Uber and Lyft are also available in Portland.

Driving? Valet parking is available for $44 daily at the hotel.  There are other parking options nearby. Parking rates subject to change.

Things to Do in Portland

Things to Do in Portland

There are so many things to do and see in Portland after a long day in the classroom. Or, stay a few days and make a vacation out of it!

Food & Drinks

Portland has quickly become a destination for foodies and is home to some of the world’s best street food. Be sure to visit the 600+ food carts in the city! Craft beer lovers can also unite in the city with over 75 breweries to choose from. Farm-to-fork dining is also an option thanks to the proximity to natural bounty. Or indulge in the popular Voodoo Doughnut!

Tax-Free Shopping

Portland’s Saturday Market is open every Saturday and Sunday and is the largest arts-and-crafts fair in the U.S. There is also Union Way shopping arcade that is a shop-filled alley. The shop-lined streets around downtown will also allow you to get your shopping fix.

Explore the Outdoors

Check out the outdoor trailblazer’s guide to Portland or venture a little outside the city for breathtaking waterfalls at Silver Falls State Park. Whether you want to walk around a park, explore different gardens, or hike a mountain – Portland has it all!

Powell’s City of Books

Readers unite at Powell’s, a Portland landmark and one of the world’s greatest bookstores. It covers an entire city block and contains more than 1 million books!

For more ideas on what to do, check out the Travel Portland site.

 

Info for Attendees

Info for Attendees

On-Site Conference Registration & Tips for In-Person Attendees

  • Registration is open from 7:30 a.m. – 6 p.m. on Wednesday, June 23. Registration reopens on Thursday, June 24, at 7 a.m. You only need to check in once at the on-site registration desk.
  • Galaxy is BYOD (Bring Your Own Device). Use your smartphone, computer, or tablet to answer questions in CME sessions that use audience response system technology.
  • Bring a sweater or light jacket. Meeting rooms get cold.

Accessing Electronic Handouts

Lecture materials will be available in AAPA’s Learning Central two weeks before the conference start date. There is no paper syllabus for this course. 

Accessing the Course Evaluations and CME Certificate

Your feedback helps us plan future conferences; therefore, your completion of course evaluations is a prerequisite for a CME certificate. The course evaluations/CME certificate will be available in AAPA’s Learning Central starting on Wednesday, June 23, 2021. In-person attendees will have until Saturday, July 31, 2021 to complete the evaluations and obtain a CME certificate. Virtual attendees will have until Thursday, June 30, 2022 to participate in all sessions, complete the evaluations, and obtain a CME certificate.

Testimonials

Testimonials from Previous Attendees

“A well-rounded conference for head to toe orthopedics. Great to attend if you are a new grad or new to the field of ortho.”

“I was so impressed. The content was thorough but easy to follow and understand. The speakers and experts were engaging; I was never bored. The lectures were pertinent. The food was great! It was fun.”

“I loved the variety of lectures and the speakers were phenomenal!!”

“All around the best AAPA conference I’ve attended. Fantastic venue and food. The content was superb. I will certainly return.”

“I would especially recommend this to colleagues that are new PAs or new to orthopaedics. The speakers were energetic, knowledgeable, and responsive to questions. Additionally, it was nice to learn about/get a refresher on some things that I don’t treat every day. It’s also a great chance to meet and talk with other PAs in the same specialty with similar levels of experience. The conference was very well-run and well-organized.”

“Excellent conference! This is my second time attending the MSK Galaxy, and it did not disappoint! Great selection of topics, EXCELLENT SPEAKERS!! The presentations were all very dynamic and interactive! Loved the case study style of teaching!!”

“This is an OUTSTANDING conference for a new grad, someone new to ortho, or urgent care/ER provider who is looking to get stronger [orthopaedic] training. The speakers were dynamic and engaging. The overall organization and flow were excellent.”

“Well-organized, informational, friendly and outgoing presenters, great accommodations.”

Sponsors

Sponsors

Join us in Portland to connect with more than 200 PAs/NPs in orthopaedics!

Interested in exhibiting or sponsoring at the Musculoskeletal Galaxy? There are a variety of cost-effective opportunities for budgets of any size.

Sponsorship and Exhibit Opportunities

For more information about these opportunities, contact AAOS.

 

Questions?

We’re here to help! Email us your questions about Galaxy 2021.