Montreal AOA/COA Meeting

There was little time to explore the city during this year’s combined American and Canadian Orthopaedic Associations’ meeting.

From the reviews, the Emerging Leaders Program was another success. I also learned a lot from the Council of Orthopaedic Residency Directors (CORD), where there were many take-home messages on resident assessments, milestones, surgical skills training, and generational challenges.

When I did find time to get away, I explored the Botanical Garden, its Insectarium, and the adjacent Biodome. The flora and fauna collection was phenomenal. One highlight was the Marco Polo exhibit at Pointe-à-Callière: Montréal Museum of Archaeology and History Complex, where the journey unfolds right in front of the visitor.

The night before the early morning departure, I enjoyed catching up with Alan Stotts and Russ Wagner. Alan and I had attended the Orthopaedic Educators’ Course in 2006. Then, the self-guided lighting tour took me along the main stretches of Vieux-Montréal as the city came alive after dark.

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