Musculoskeletal
Galaxy

June 22 – 26, 2022 | Denver, CO

Thank you for attending the 2022 Musculoskeletal Galaxy! The 2023 Musculoskeletal Galaxy will be June 10 – 14, 2023 in Austin, TX. More information to come in December 2022. If you 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 provide PAs and NPs with 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 medicine, 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. Get engaging, hands-on instruction with Wednesday’s optional pre-courses on musculoskeletal injections and splinting and casting. In the small breakout sessions, learn physical exam techniques, participate in a hands-on surgical skills lab for fracture fixation, discuss common radiology cases, and refine your skills in orthopaedic fracture management.

The June 22 – 26, 2022 event in Denver features:

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

Course Directors

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

Registration

AAPA/AAOS Member
Early Bird (1/26-3/31)
AAPA/AAOS Member
Standard (4/1/-6/26)
Nonmember
Early Bird (1/26-3/31)
Nonmember
Standard (4/1/-6/26)
Pre-Course: Acute Care Splinting and Casting Workshop $379 $479 $479 $579
Pre-Course: Musculoskeletal Injection Workshop for Beginners $299 $399 $399 $499
General Course $899 $999 $1,199 $1,299

Please note that the Musculoskeletal Galaxy conference is not included in the Fellow Plus or Premium Membership.

Optional Pre-Courses

Pre-Course #1 – Acute Care Splinting and Casting Workshop (5.0 AAPA Category 1 CME credits*)

Two sessions available:

  • Wednesday, June 22, 7 a.m.-12 p.m.
  • Wednesday, June 22, 1-6 p.m.

Separate registration required. Limited seats available!

The half-day, hands-on Acute Care Splinting and Casting Workshop is designed for new graduate PAs and NPs or PAs and 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 (4.0 AAPA Category 1 CME credits*)

Two sessions available:

  • Wednesday, June 22, 8 a.m.-12 p.m.
  • Wednesday, June 22, 1-5 p.m.

Separate registration required. Limited seats available!

This half-day, highly interactive injection workshop is designed for new graduate PAs and NPs or PAs and NPs who are new to treating musculoskeletal injuries. Our instructors will provide 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 while practicing on each other 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.

General Course (27.25 AAPA Category 1 CME credits*)

Thursday, June 23 to Sunday, June 26

Registration includes 4 continental breakfasts, lunch on Thursday and Saturday, networking event on Thursday evening, and online access to course materials.

*Please note that this course is not approved for Category A continuing education for certified athletic trainers.

Agenda

Agenda

Please refer to the full agenda (PDF) for the speaker(s) and learning objectives for each session.

  • June 22

    Wednesday

    • 6:30 AM – 6:00 PM

      On-Site Registration

    • 7:00 AM – 12:00 PM

      Pre-Course: Acute Care Splinting and Casting Workshop – Morning Session (Separate Registration Required)

    • 8:00 AM – 12:00 PM

      Pre-Course: Musculoskeletal Injection Workshop for Beginners – Morning Session (Separate Registration Required)

    • 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 – Afternoon Session (Separate Registration Required)

  • June 23

    Thursday

    • 7:00 AM – 5:15 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 – 9:15 AM

      Sins to Avoid: Orthopaedic Oncology

    • 9:15 AM – 10:15 AM

      My Lower Back is Killing Me

    • 10:15 AM – 10:30 AM

      Exhibits/Break

    • 10:30 AM – 12:30 PM

      Introduction to MSK Radiology

    • 12:30 PM – 1:30 PM

      Exhibits and Lunch (Provided)

    • 1:30 PM – 3:15 PM

      First Breakout Session (Choose One)

        • Common Radiology Cases Breakout Session
        • Fracture Management Skills Lab
        • Essentials of Orthopaedic Fracture Management
        • Upper Extremity and C-Spine Physical Exam Techniques Breakout Session
        • Physical Examination of the Lower Extremities and L Spine: Navigating Orthopedic Pathology for the New PA/NP
    • 3:15 PM – 3:30 PM

      Exhibits/Break

    • 3:30 PM – 5:15 PM

      Second Breakout Session (Choose One)

        • Common Radiology Cases Breakout Session
        • Fracture Management Skills Lab
        • Essentials of Orthopaedic Fracture Management
        • Upper Extremity and C-Spine Physical Exam Techniques Breakout Session
        • Physical Examination of the Lower Extremities and L Spine: Navigating Orthopedic Pathology for the New PA/NP
    • 5:30 PM – 6:30 PM

      Welcome Reception

  • June 24

    Friday

    • 7:00 AM – 5:15 PM

      On-Site Registration

    • 7:00 AM – 8:00 AM

      Exhibits and Breakfast (Provided)

    • 8:00 AM – 9:45 AM

      Third Breakout Session (Choose One)

        • Common Radiology Cases Breakout Session
        • Fracture Management Skills Lab
        • Essentials of Orthopaedic Fracture Management
        • Upper Extremity and C-Spine Physical Exam Techniques Breakout Session
        • Physical Examination of the Lower Extremities and L Spine: Navigating Orthopedic Pathology for the New PA/NP
    • 9:45 AM – 10:00 AM

      Exhibits/Break

    • 10:00 AM – 11:00 AM

      Cracking the Foot and Ankle Code

    • 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM

      Common Orthopaedic Conditions of the Knee – Part 1 Intra-articular Injuries

    • 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM

      Lunch (On Your Own)

    • 1:00 PM – 2:00 PM

      Fragility Fractures

    • 2:00 PM – 3:00 PM

      Common Orthopaedic Conditions of the Knee – Part 2

    • 3:00 PM – 3:15 PM

      Break

    • 3:15 PM – 5:15 PM

      Staying Out of Trouble in Pediatric Orthopaedics

  • June 25

    Saturday

    • 7:00 AM – 5:30 PM

      On-Site Registration

    • 7:00 AM – 8:00 AM

      Breakfast (Provided)

    • 8:00 AM – 9:00 AM

      Small Bones/Strange Joints/Scores of Problems: Hand and Wrist

    • 9:00 AM – 10:00 AM

      Common Orthopaedic Conditions of the Shoulder in the Young Athlete

    • 10:00 AM – 10:15 AM

      Break

    • 10:15 AM – 11:15 AM

      The Elbow: Funny Bone or Tiger Country

    • 11:15 AM – 12:15 PM

      Hip and Knee Arthroplasty: Pre-op Optimization Improves Outcomes

    • 12:15 PM – 1:15 PM

      Lunch (Provided)

    • 1:15 PM – 2:15 PM

      Common Orthopaedic Conditions of the Shoulder in Weekend Warriors

    • 2:15 PM – 3:15 PM

      It’s all in the Hips: An Educational but Hip Presentation

    • 3:15 PM – 3:30 PM

      Break

    • 3:30 PM – 4:30 PM

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

    • 4:30 PM – 5:30 PM

      Hip and Knee Arthroplasty: The Details in the OR and Afterwards Make a Difference

  • June 26

    Sunday

    • 7:00 AM – 12:30 PM

      On-Site Registration

    • 7:00 AM – 8:00 AM

      Breakfast (Provided)

    • 8:00 AM – 9:00 AM

      Drug Therapies in Orthopedics

    • 9:00 AM – 10:00 AM

      Musculoskeletal Infections–Improbability in Action

    • 10:00 AM – 10:30 AM

      Break for Hotel Check-Out

    • 10:30 AM – 11:30 AM

      Language of Fractures

    • 11:30 AM – 12:25 PM

      Evaluation of the Injured Athlete

    • 12:25 PM – 12:30 PM

      Closing Remarks

This agenda may be updated or modified without notification.

Accreditation

Accreditation Statements

The 2022 Musculoskeletal Galaxy: Acute Care Splinting and Casting Workshop, offered June 22, 2022, has been reviewed by the AAPA Review Panel and is compliant with AAPA CME Criteria. This activity is designated for 5.0 AAPA Category 1 CME credits. PAs should only claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation.

The 2022 Musculoskeletal Galaxy: Musculoskeletal Injection Workshop for Beginners, offered June 22, 2022, has been reviewed by the AAPA Review Panel and is compliant with AAPA CME Criteria. This activity is designated for 4.0 AAPA Category 1 CME credits. PAs should only claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation.

The 2022 Musculoskeletal Galaxy: General Course, offered June 23-26, 2022, has been reviewed by the AAPA Review Panel and is compliant with AAPA CME Criteria. This activity is designated for 27.25 AAPA Category 1 CME credits. PAs should only claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation.

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!

Safety Measures & Cancellation Policies

Safety Measures

AAPA’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 Galaxy 2022 a safe environment for everyone.

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

Proof of COVID-19 Vaccination Required

AAPA is requiring proof of COVID-19 vaccination, or a negative COVID-19 test within 72 hours of the start of the meeting, to attend the 2022 Musculoskeletal Galaxy in Denver.

“Fully vaccinated” is defined as a person who has received one of the vaccines authorized for emergency use by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration or by the World Health Organization, and is:

  • 2 weeks after vaccination with the second dose in a 2-dose series, such as the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines, or
  • 2 weeks after vaccination with a single-dose vaccine, such as the Johnson & Johnson vaccine.

For those who are not vaccinated and still wish to attend in person, proof of a negative RT-PCR test or Rapid Antigen test* within 72 hours of conference check-in is required. Please email proof of negative test to AAPA staff at [email protected].

*At-home, self-administered rapid antigen tests will not be accepted. Only rapid antigen test results provided by a third-party will be accepted.

Upload Proof of COVID-19 Vaccination

What AAPA Is Doing:

  • There will be a safer registration check-in experience, including:
    • Contactless check-in: Attendees will be able to take their own badges, bags, and materials from the on-site registration desk.
    • Hand sanitizer will be available for attendees to use in meeting spaces and foyer.

What Attendees Should Do:

  • Masks are optional for attendees to wear at the conference. AAPA will not be providing masks, and if an attendee chooses to wear one they will need to bring their own.
  • 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.

Vaccination Policy FAQs:

How do I show proof of COVID-19 vaccination?

All attendees, staff, vendors, exhibitors and faculty must upload a photo or copy of their vaccination card to this secure site. Anyone attending this conference must upload by Wednesday, June 8, 2022.

PDF, JPEG and PNG are all acceptable file formats.

How do I show proof of a negative COVID-19 test?

Please email your proof of negative RT-PCR or Rapid Antigen test* test to AAPA staff at [email protected]. The test must have been administered within 72 hours of conference check-in.

*At-home, self-administered rapid antigen tests will not be accepted. Only rapid antigen test results provided by a third-party will be accepted.

Do I have to share personal health information on my card when I upload it?

When entering your proof of vaccination, your name and COVID-19 vaccine information must be visible. If you would prefer to cover your date of birth or other personal health information on the card, you are permitted to do so.

AAPA will keep this information stored in a secure website until the conference ends, at which time the information will be deleted from the system. AAPA will not use the uploaded information for any purpose other than verification of vaccination status for attendance at the in-person 2022 Musculoskeletal Galaxy.

What if I do not upload my vaccine card prior to the conference date or provide proof of a negative COVID-19 test when arrive?

You will not be able to attend the in-person conference. A conference badge will not be issued to anyone who has not completed the proof of vaccination or provided proof of a negative COVID-19 test. Without a conference badge, you will not be allowed in.

Cancellation Policies

At the present time, we plan to proceed with an in-person 2022 Musculoskeletal Galaxy.

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.

Registration Cancellation Policy

  • Please submit your cancellation request in writing to [email protected]
  • We offer a full refund for cancellations prior to March 23, 2022.
  • Between March 23 – June 21 we can offer a 50% refund for cancellations.
  • No refunds or credits will be granted after the conference begins on June 22.
  • If AAPA has to cancel the in-person 2022 Musculoskeletal Galaxy in Denver, all registrants’ registration fees will be transferred to a fully virtual conference experience and participants will be refunded the difference in price, if applicable.*
  • All hotel cancellations must be made directly with the hotel.

 *If AAPA has to transition to a fully virtual course, please note that the delivery format and number of CME credits may change.

Venue and Travel

Venue and Travel

Conference Venue

Grand Hyatt Denver
1750 Welton Street
Denver, CO 80202

Making a Hotel Room Reservation

The group room block is now closed.  Should you still need to make a reservation, please contact Mairi Gardner.

Benefits of Staying at the Conference Hotel

You have easy access to the day’s sessions, meals, and countless networking opportunities with your peers. By staying within the block, you also help AAPA negotiate the best hotel rates for our attendees. There’s really no reason to stay anywhere else!

Hotel Perks

  • Complimentary Wi-Fi in guest rooms
  • Access to indoor pool with outdoor sundeck
  • Access to 24-hour StayFit™ gym

Hotel Policies

Check-in time is 4 p.m. and check-out time is 11 a.m. Reservations must be canceled 72 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.

Travel

Flying?  This hotel is 25 miles from Denver International Airport (DEN). Hotel shuttle service to and from the airport is not provided; however, there are other transportation options available.

  • Taxi, Uber and Lyft are available.
  • Light Rail Service/RTD stops at most corners in the city.
  • Denver Airport Rail is another option where travelers can use the A Line rail service from the airport to lower downtown.

Driving?  Parking at the conference hotel is available at a cost. It is $38 per night to self-park. Valet parking is $52 per night.

Things To Do in Denver

Things To Do in Denver

Denver has tons of great sights and activities to help you make the most of your conference experience!

Outdoor Adventures

Denver is known for its outdoor recreation, so take advantage of the beautiful views and sunny weather.

  • City Park tracks along the city’s 5280 contour line, so you can exercise at exactly a mile high!
  • Get fit and sightsee at the same time with these fun workouts.

Family Fun

Bringing your family to Galaxy 2022? There are many family-friendly spots to enjoy.

Food and Drinks

  • Denver is home to great beer! Check out all the amazing breweries along the #DenverBeerTrail.
  • Not a fan of beer? Stranahan’s is a whiskey distillery that has been in high demand since it opened.
  • Got a sweet tooth? Head over to Hammond’s Candy Factory for a tour of how candy is made.

Museums

  • Denver Art Museum is one of the largest art museums between Chicago and the West Coast.
  • Check out the History Colorado Center to see their hands-on and high-tech exhibits to make you feel like you’re going back in time.

Other Popular Sights

  • Denver Union Station is a timeless historic landmark that’s worth checking out even if you aren’t traveling by train!
  • Grab tickets to a baseball game at the 76-acre Coors Field and enjoy spectacular views of the Rocky Mountains.
  • Red Rocks Park & Amphitheatre offers a variety of fun with hiking, biking, shopping, dining, and a summer concert series.
Information for Attendees

Information for Attendees

On-Site Conference Registration and Tips

  • Registration is open from 6:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Wednesday, June 22. Registration reopens on Thursday, June 23, 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

Please remember there is no paper syllabus for this course. Electronic handouts provided by conference faculty are available in Learning Central. To access the handouts:

  1. Log in to Learning Central using your AAPA username and password. If you don’t know your user credentials, or are unable to log in, please contact [email protected] or visit the onsite registration desk.
  2. From your Dashboard, locate 2022 Musculoskeletal Galaxy.
  3. Click the course title to navigate to the Welcome of the conference hub, then use the Day tabs to proceed to Sessions.
  4. Click the session title and then scroll down to Session Materials to access the handout for that session.

Course Evaluations and CME Certificates

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 22, 2022. You will have until Sunday, July 31, 2022, to complete the evaluations. Please use the following steps to complete the course evaluations and receive your CME certificate:

  1. Log in to Learning Central using your AAPA username and password. If you don’t know your user credentials, or are unable to log in, please contact [email protected].
  2. From your Dashboard, locate 2022 Musculoskeletal Galaxy.
  3. Click the course title to navigate to the Welcome of the conference hub, then use the the Day tabs to proceed to Sessions.
  4. At the end of each session, click the session title to open and complete the survey for that session. Be sure to ONLY complete the session evaluations for the sessions that you attended.
  5. Complete the Conference Evaluation at the end of the conference.
  6. View your certificate under Transcript.
Testimonials

Testimonials

“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.”

“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. It was fun.”

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

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

“I would especially recommend this to colleagues who 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, 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!”

Sponsors

Sponsors

Join us in Denver, Colo., to connect with more than 200 PAs and NPs in orthopaedics! Interested in exhibiting or sponsoring at this conference? There are a variety of cost-effective opportunities for budgets of any size.

EXHIBIT & SPONSOR OPPORTUNITIES

For more information about these opportunities, please contact Del Baker-Robertson at [email protected].


Thank you to our Galaxy 2022 sponsors!

Questions?

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