American Association of Hip and Knee Surgeons

Advocacy, Education, Research

Symposia Guide and Disclosure

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A symposium is a focused session in which multiple participants present their views about a common theme, issue, or question. The views may or may not be adversarial and may or may not be supported by brief mention of relevant data. Symposia are meant for cutting edge, controversial, new or innovative topics. Symposia topics should be well balanced and feature a blend of differing styles, techniques or management.


A typical symposia is four faculty including a moderator. It is recommended each speaker give a talk of 8-10 minutes in length and allow adequate time for discussion among the faculty, the presentation of cases, and questions from the audience. The format of a symposium usually consists of an introduction to the topic by the chairperson to provide the audience with a background for the ensuing discussion. Participants then present their viewpoints, followed by interchange among participants and between the audience and participants. Often the symposium will end with an overview of the proceedings by the chairperson or a discussant. Most importantly, a symposium is not a paper-reading session.

Selection Process

The final selection is made by the Program Committee, whose primary consideration is to determine what will best serve the interests of the AAHKS and the success of the Annual Meeting. Selection of symposia is based on the overall quality and thoroughness of the submission. The committee may suggest substitutions of speakers. The committee may decide to combine two proposals into one and suggest which speakers should be retained in that event. Suggestions arising from discussions of the Program Committee are passed on directly to the Lead Organizer. Proposals that are not accommodated may be re-submitted the following year and will receive the same consideration as all other proposals.

Disclosure Information

Conflict of interest disclosure is required by all contributors of accepted symposia for presentation. Co-authors will receive an automated email directing them to disclose. Only one disclosure per author is required regardless of the number of abstracts submitted. Disclosure information will be made available in the Final Program and Proceedings.

This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the Essentials and Standards of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) through the joint sponsorship of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons and the American Association of Hip and Knee Surgeons. The American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons is accredited by the ACCME to sponsor continuing medical education for physicians. All participants are required to disclose all financial relationships they have with any corporate entity. The principal aim of the policy is to provide uniform and complete disclosure of financial relationships among investigators presenting at AAHKS meetings.

The intent of this policy is to encourage disclosure of situations in which there is even the potential of bias, without any implications regarding actual bias. The establishment of uniform disclosure requirement frees individuals from having to decide which relationships might influence their decision-making and which are irrelevant. This disclosure policy applies to all participants in all AAHKS activities.

Required elements of disclosure include any remuneration from a company (stock ownership, stock options, stock warrants, royalties, consulting fees, loans from the sponsor, speaking arrangements), receiving gifts from a company (endowments, equipment, biomaterials, discretionary funds, support of office or research staff, support of training such as fellowships, sponsorship of trips, other sponsorships) and holding office in a company (board of directors, scientific advisory board, other office in a company). ACCME requirements for conflict of interest disclosure are applicable to faculty relationships that are in place at the time of the activity or were in place in the 12 months preceding the activity.