The tenth Annual
June 24 – 26, 2021
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
- Christopher V. Bensen, MD
- Travis L. Randolph, PA-C, ATC
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!
Virtual Conference Information
Up to 30 AAPA Category 1 CME credits*
- 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.
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?
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
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.
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
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
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.
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!
- 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.
Accessing the Sessions and Handouts
You will receive an email one week before the conference start date with instructions on accessing the sessions and handouts in AAPA’s Learning Central.
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 will be available in AAPA’s Learning Central beginning Thursday, June 24, 2021. You will have until Thursday, June 30, 2022 to participate in all of the sessions, complete the evaluations, and obtain your CME certificate.
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.”
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!
For more information about these opportunities, please contact [email protected].