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AAO holds 2021 Annual Session in virtual format

The AAO is offering 2021 Annual Session attendees more than 100 speakers and 18 hours of live C.E. content. (Photo: AAO)

Thu. 24 June 2021


The American Association of Orthodontists is holding its 2021 Annual Session completely online. It is the second year in a row AAO is conducting its annual gathering virtually, but next year the AAO is planning an in-person event.

For this year’s meeting, being held online June 25 to 27 (Friday, Saturday and Sunday), the AAO is offering attendees more than 100 speakers and 18 hours of live C.E. content. Extended programming is accessible from all time zones. Educational offerings include clinical sessions, practice management courses, featured speakers and an innovation pavilion.

It is the “world’s greatest celebration of the profession,” the AAO said in an announcement online about the meeting. In addition to the education, attendees have access to a virtual exhibit hall, plus opportunities to network with peers from all over the world.

On Friday morning, Dave McGillivray, race director of the Boston Marathon, presents the opening keynote, “Defining Moments.” The evening keynote, “Giving Is Living,” is being delivered by Mitch Albom, the best-selling author, television broadcaster and musician.

Various virtual alumni receptions are being held on Saturday. The meeting also features e-posters and oral research presentations, and the Council on Scientific Affairs is bestowing its 2020 and 2021 Research Awards.

The closing keynote address, “This Is Your Moment,” is being offered by an expert on the business of orthodontics, Chris Bentson, of Bentson Copple & Associates.

The meeting is available at

2022 meeting in Miami Beach

The AAO announced the city of Miami Beach as the new location for its 2022 Annual Session, to be held May 21-24. Dr. Ken Dillehay, president of the AAO, made the announcement to members via email. “With an outstanding convention center, a rich history, a culture of hospitality and beautiful white sandy beaches, Miami Beach is sure to deliver an extraordinary meeting experience,” Dillehay said.

Next year’s meeting had originally been planned for Honolulu, but the state of Hawaii informed the AAO that the Hawaii Convention Center would not be available.

“In just a few short weeks AAO leadership and staff have been able to find and secure a new location that meets all of our requirements — a task that typically takes months to complete and occurs nine or 10 years in advance,” said Lynne Thomas Gordon, CEO of the AAO, in a press release.

“Attendees will enjoy three and a half days of the best orthodontic meeting experience and education available,” the press release said.

(Source: AAO)

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