“Currently, the COVID-19 restrictions in place in the city of Boston and Commonwealth of Massachusetts would not allow for an AAO meeting with the usual elements that our members know and love,” said AAO president Christopher A. Roberts, DDS, MS.
The AAO would have had to incorporate remote speakers projected to attendees through video, Roberts said. Also, individual attendees would have had to remain in a singular room throughout the three-day event. Capacity limits would have restricted the Exhibit Hall to a hundred people as well.
“Rather than promote a meeting that would fall short of member expectations, the Board of Trustees and the Annual Session Planning Committee have made the prudent decision to refocus our efforts on the virtual component,” said Roberts.
All attendees who registered for the in-person event will be automatically converted to virtual attendees. Every registered attendee will receive an email confirmation once this conversion has been completed.
“We know that this decision will be a disappointment to many of our members, and we understand your frustration. Rest assured that our top priority throughout this process has been the safety and success of our attendees and their experience at Annual Session,” Robers said.
To register, visit https://meetings.aaoinfo.org/meetings/annual-session-2021-virtual/.