Musculoskeletal
Galaxy

June 24 – 26, 2021

Overview

Overview

What Is the Musculoskeletal Galaxy?

Learn critical orthopaedic topics from expert faculty and earn up to 30 credits of AAPA Category 1 CME at this popular conference. In 2021, we are going virtual!

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.

The virtual event features:

  • 3 days of scheduled, live virtual sessions with the opportunity to engage with expert faculty
  • Access to 13 additional sessions that you can watch whenever is convenient for you

Course Directors

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

Accreditation Statements

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 up to 30 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!

CME Support

The Musculoskeletal Galaxy Virtual Conference is supported by educational grant funds received from Flexion Therapeutics, Inc. and Zimmer Biomet.

Conference Registration

Virtual Conference Information

Up to 30 AAPA Category 1 CME credits*

Price:

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

There are two parts to the Galaxy 2021 virtual conference experience: live virtual sessions and self-paced sessions.

Live Virtual Sessions

The live virtual sessions will take place from June 24 – 26, 2021. On each of the three days, there will be live virtual sessions that take place at specific times. During these sessions, you will have the opportunity to participate in interactive polling and Q&A with the speakers. Take a look at the schedule for the live virtual sessions so you can book your calendar accordingly.

Not able to watch the sessions at the scheduled time? No problem! A recording of each live virtual session will be available at the end of the conference for you to watch at a more convenient time.

Self-Paced Sessions

Watch these 13 additional sessions whenever you’d like! These additional sessions will be released to participants at 9 a.m. EDT on Thursday, June 24, 2021.

Registrants will have access to all recordings until June 30, 2022.

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


Standard Cancellation and Refund Policy

We do not offer any refunds or credits for virtual conference registrations. All sales are final.

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.

 

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.

 

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.

 

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.

 

Live Virtual Session Schedule

Live Virtual Session Schedule

Plan your schedule to participate in these live virtual sessions at the dates and times noted below. During these sessions, there will be interactive polling and Q&A with the speakers. Please note that all times listed are EDT. A recording of each live virtual session will be available at the end of the conference for you to watch at a more convenient time.

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

  • June 24

    Thursday

    • 11:15 AM – 11:30 AM

      Welcome From Course Directors

    • 11:30 AM – 12:45 PM

      Basics of Musculoskeletal Imaging

    • 1:15 PM – 2:15 PM

      Upper Extremity and C-Spine Physical Exam Techniques

    • 2:45 PM – 4:30 PM

      Billing and Coding for Orthopaedic Services

    • 5:00 PM – 6:00 PM

      Lower Extremity and L-Spine Physical Exam Techniques

  • June 25

    Friday

    • 11:30 AM – 12:30 PM

      The Language of Fractures

    • 1:00 PM – 2:00 PM

      Common Orthopaedic Conditions of the Knee – Part 1

    • 2:30 PM – 3:30 PM

      Common Orthopaedic Conditions of the Foot and Ankle

    • 4:00 PM – 5:15 PM

      Pediatric Orthopaedic Review

    • 5:45 PM – 6:30 PM

      Surgical Skills Lab for Fracture Fixation: Open Reduction Internal Fixation and Lag Screw Techniques

  • June 26

    Saturday

    • 11:30 AM – 1:15 PM

      Orthopaedic Fracture Management

    • 1:45 PM – 2:45 PM

      Common Orthopaedic Conditions of the Shoulder in Weekend Warriors

    • 3:15 PM – 4:15 PM

      Common Orthopaedic Conditions of the Wrist and Hand

    • 4:45 PM – 6:15 PM

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

This session list may be updated or modified without notification.

Self-Paced Sessions

Self-Paced Sessions

In addition to the live virtual sessions, all registrants will receive access to 13 additional sessions that will be released to participants at 9 a.m. EDT on Thursday, June 24, 2021. Watch these pre-recorded sessions whenever it’s convenient for you. Take a look at all of the content that will be included!

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

  • Acute Care Splinting and Casting
  • Basics of Orthopaedic Pharmacology
  • Common Orthopaedic Conditions of the Elbow
  • Common Orthopaedic Conditions of the Hip
  • Common Orthopaedic Conditions of the Knee – Part 2
  • Common Orthopaedic Conditions of the Spine
  • Common Radiology Cases
  • How to Keep Your Job: Understanding Reimbursement and Knowing Your Value
  • Musculoskeletal Injections for Beginners
  • Orthopaedic Conditions of the Shoulder in the Young Athlete
  • Orthopaedic Rehabilitation Techniques
  • Overview of Musculoskeletal Infections
  • Overview of Orthopaedic Oncology

This session list may be updated or modified without notification.

Attendee Information

Attendee Information

Accessing the Sessions and Handouts

The online conference in AAPA’s Learning Central is now available for attendees to access. This includes access to all the sessions and handouts, including the live virtual sessions and the self-paced sessions. We highly recommend logging into Learning Central to check it out a couple of days prior to the conference to ensure that you are familiar with the system and that everything is working properly.

Follow the steps below to access the conference:

  1. Login to Learning Central using your AAPA username and password. If you don’t know your user credentials, or are unable to log in, please email [email protected] or call 571-319-4409.
  2. From your Dashboard, locate 2021 Musculoskeletal Galaxy: Virtual.
  3. Navigate to the different sessions by clicking the Day tabs and Self-Paced tab at the top of the page. The Day tabs provide the schedule for all the live virtual sessions.
  4. Once you click on a Day tab or the Self-Paced tab, you will see a list of sessions. Click on a session title to be taken to that specific session.
  5. On the individual session tab, you can access the live session or the recording, along with the handout(s) and the individual session evaluation.
  6. Click on the CME Certificate tab for instructions for completing the evaluations and obtaining your CME certificate.
  7. At any time, click the Lobby tab at the top of the page to be taken back to the main page with general conference information.

Below are some tips regarding the session platforms:

  • All live virtual education sessions will be held in the GoToWebinar platform, accessible directly from each individual session page in Learning Central. To ensure you can fully participate and for the best user experience, we recommend accessing all sessions from a computer or tablet—not your smart phone.
  • If you have never accessed GoToWebinar before, your computer may prompt you to download the GoToWebinar software prior to the first session, so we recommend logging into the first session a few minutes before it starts to ensure everything is working properly. Be sure to check your system requirements for GoToWebinar prior to the first session.
  • To access each live virtual session as an attendee, click the Launch Session button available on each individual session page. This link will direct you to the GoToWebinar meeting room automatically. The Launch Session button will display 10 minutes prior to the start of each session.

Evaluations and CME Certificate

Your feedback helps us plan future conferences; therefore, your completion of evaluations is a prerequisite for a CME certificate.

  • The evaluations for the live virtual sessions will be available after each live session ends. If you attend a live session and want that date to appear on your certificate, you must complete the evaluation the day of the live session.
  • The evaluations for the self-paced sessions will be available at 9 a.m. EDT on Thursday, June 24, 2021.
  • The overall conference evaluation will be available at 6:00 p.m. EDT on Saturday, June 26, 2021.
  • You will have until June 30, 2022, to participate in all of the sessions, complete the evaluations, and obtain your CME certificate.

Follow the steps below to complete the evaluations and obtain your CME certificate:

  1. Login to Learning Central using your AAPA username and password. If you don’t know your user credentials, or are unable to log in, please email [email protected] or call 571-319-4409.
  2. From your Dashboard, locate 2021 Musculoskeletal Galaxy: Virtual.
  3. Click on one of the Day tabs or the Self-Paced tab to access individual sessions.
  4. After you have completed an individual session, click the session evaluation link to open and complete the evaluation for that session. Please note that the CME credit for a session will not be added to your certificate unless you complete the session evaluation.
  5. Once you are done completing all the sessions that you would like to complete, complete the Overall Conference Evaluation, which is accessible on the CME Certificate tab. Your CME certificate will not be viewable until the Overall Conference Evaluation is completed.
  6. View your certificate on the CME Certificate tab.
Testimonials

Testimonials From Previous Attendees

“A well-rounded conference for head to toe orthopaedics. 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

This year the Musculoskeletal Galaxy is going virtual! The virtual conference is expected to draw PAs and NPs of all experience levels who specialize in orthopaedics. Don’t miss your chance to be part of this unique event by taking advantage of the available sponsorship opportunities!

EXHIBIT & SPONSOR OPPORTUNITIES

For more information about these opportunities, please contact [email protected].

Thank you to our sponsor!

Questions?

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