Musculoskeletal
Galaxy

June 3 – 7, 2020 | Atlanta, GA

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. Get engaging, hands-on instruction with Wednesday’s optional pre-courses on musculoskeletal injections or 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 event features:

  • 3.5-day general course full of interactive sessions on 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

 

Course Directors

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

 

Accreditation Statements

The 2020 Musculoskeletal Galaxy: Acute Care Splinting and Casting Workshop, offered June 3, 2020, 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 2020 Musculoskeletal Galaxy: Musculoskeletal Injection Workshop for Beginners, offered June 3, 2020, 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 2020 Musculoskeletal Galaxy: General Course, offered June 4 – 7, 2020, 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.

 

 

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!

CME Support

In-Kind Support

Educational supplies for the Acute Care Splinting and Casting Workshop have been provided by an in-kind donation from CNF Medical.

Educational supplies for the Acute Care Splinting and Casting Workshop have been provided by an in-kind donation from De Soutter Medical USA Inc.

Educational supplies for the Surgical Skills Lab for Fracture Fixation have been provided by an in-kind donation from DePuy Synthes.

Conference Registration

COVID-19 Impact on Galaxy 2020

At the present time, we plan to proceed with Galaxy 2020, June 3 – 7, in Atlanta.

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 (coronavirus). As you know, many large meetings have been postponed or canceled 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 the virus and its potential impact on Galaxy 2020. Please direct any questions to [email protected]

Cancellation Policy Surrounding COVID-19

  • If AAPA cancels Galaxy 2020, all registrants will receive a full refund for registration fees.
  • If a registrant needs to cancel his/her registration due to state and/or institutional travel bans, he/she will receive a full refund for registration fees.
  • If a registrant needs to cancel his/her registration due to personally testing positive for COVID-19, he/she will receive a full refund for registration fees.
  • All other reasons for cancellation will follow the standard cancellation policy noted below.

Standard Cancellation and Refund Policy

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

Course Information

General Course (25 AAPA Category 1 CME credits*)

Thursday, June 4 – Sunday, June 7

Price:

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

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


Optional Pre-Courses

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

Two sessions available:

  • Wednesday, June 3, 7 a.m. – 12 p.m.
  • Wednesday, June 3, 1 – 6 p.m.

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 (3.75 AAPA Category 1 CME credits*)

Two sessions available:

  • Wednesday, June 3, 8 a.m. – 12 p.m.
  • Wednesday, June 3, 1 – 5 p.m.

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.

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

Agenda

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

  • June 3

    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.)

    • 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM

      Lunch (On Your Own)

    • 1:00 PM – 6:00 PM

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

    • 1:00 PM – 5:00 PM

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

  • June 4

    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 – 9:30 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 – 11:30 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
    • 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
    • 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM

      Party in Piedmont Park

  • June 5

    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)

      • 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
    • 9:45 AM – 10:00 AM

      Exhibits/Break

    • 10:00 AM – 11:00 AM

      The Fabulous Five of 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

    • 2:30 PM – 3:30 PM

      The Basics of Spine

    • 3:30 PM – 3:45 PM

      Break

    • 3:45 PM – 5:00 PM

      Staying Out of Trouble in Pediatric Orthopaedics

  • June 6

    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 – 9:00 AM

      Give Me a Hand: Evaluating and Treating Common Hand Conditions

    • 9:00 AM – 10:00 AM

      Demystifying 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 – 2:15 PM

      Practical Guide to Orthopaedic Medications: What Providers Need to Know

    • 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 Replacement: Minimizing Risks to Maximize Outcomes

  • June 7

    Sunday

    • 7:00 AM – 12:30 PM

      On-Site Registration

    • 7:00 AM – 8:00 AM

      Breakfast (Provided)

    • 8:00 AM – 9:30 AM

      Billing and Coding for Orthopaedic Services

    • 9:30 AM – 10:15 AM

      Laudable Pus: An Introduction to Musculoskeletal Infection

    • 10:15 AM – 10:45 AM

      Break

    • 10:45 AM – 11:30 AM

      Learning to Be Worried: A Primer to Musculoskeletal Oncology

    • 11:30 AM – 12:15 PM

      The Conservative Approach: The Dos and Don’ts in Physical Therapy Treatment

    • 12:15 PM – 12:30 PM

      Closing Remarks

This agenda may be updated or modified without notification.

Venue & Travel

Conference Venue

W Atlanta Midtown
188 14th St NE, Atlanta, GA 30361

 

Making a Hotel Room Reservation

A discounted room rate of $195, plus applicable taxes, has been secured for attendees and will be available until 11:59 p.m. (PT) on Monday, May 11, 2020, or until the room block is full. After that time, a room cannot be guaranteed.

 

BOOK YOUR ROOM

 

Reservations can also be made over the phone by calling 877-946-8357. Please have your arrival/departure dates, bed type preference, and credit card information ready. You must mention “AAPA/AAOS Musculoskeletal Galaxy” in order to receive the discounted rate.

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

Considering 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 hotel rates for our attendees. 

Hotel Perks

  • Complimentary Wi-Fi in guest rooms
  • Complimentary access to outdoor pool and fitness center
  • $4 discount on valet parking

Hotel Policies

Check-in time is 4 p.m. and check-out time is 11 a.m. Reservations must be cancelled 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 12 miles from the Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport (ATL). Hotel shuttle service to and from the airport is not provided; however, there are other transportation options available.

  • Taxi, Uber, and Lyft are among the most common and affordable options.
  • MARTA is the Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority and serves Atlanta Airport. See more information on schedule and routes.

Driving?  Parking at the conference hotel is available at a cost. Valet parking is $38 per night, plus tax, and includes in/out privileges. This includes a $4 discount for attendees.

Things to Do in Atlanta

Things to Do in Atlanta

Known for its diverse musical heritage, southern hospitality, sports teams, and much more – Atlanta has a diverse group of activities to offer you! Check out these great options all within a few miles of the hotel.

World of Coca-Cola

Caffeine fan? Experience the stories and exhibits in the world’s most famous beverage brand. Sample 100+ different flavors from around the world, and hug the Coca-Cola Polar Bear! Plan your visit today.

Georgia Aquarium

Enjoy dolphin and sea lion presentations and explore more than 100,000 animals in one of the world’s largest aquariums! Learn more.

Centennial Olympic Park

Pay homage to Atlanta’s Olympic legacy, splash around in the Fountain of Rings, enjoy a nice picnic or play on the lush green fields with Downtown views in every direction. Explore all this park has to offer.

Dining in Atlanta

Planning your dinner reservations in advance? Check out this dining guide!

Info for Attendees

On-Site Conference Registration and Tips

  • Registration is open from 6:30 a.m. – 6 p.m. on Wednesday, June 3. Registration reopens on Thursday, June 4, 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. Lecture materials will be available in AAPA’s Learning Central two weeks before the conference start date.

 

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 3, 2020. You will have until Tuesday, July 7, 2020, to complete the evaluations.

Testimonials

“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

Join us in Atlanta to connect with more than 275 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.

 

SPONSOR AND EXHIBIT OPTIONS

For more information about these opportunities, contact AAOS.

 

AAPA and AAOS would like to thank the following companies for sponsoring the 2020 Musculoskeletal Galaxy!

 

DePuySynthes logo
DePuySynthes logo

Questions?

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