Education Schedule

AORN Global Surgical Conference & Expo will take place March 28–April 1, 2020 in Anaheim, CA—start planning your trip today. Research the education sessions you would like to attend and add them to your calendar. Note: this schedule is preliminary and subject to change.




Earn your Professional Educator, Perioperative Certificate of Mastery

New to the educator role at your facility or looking to fine tune your skills? Gain the knowledge and tools needed to provide exceptional orientation and professional development opportunities for the entire perioperative team. Learn more

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Personalize Your Learning Plan

Choose from 100+ education sessions and other learning opportunities to fit your professional development goals. More than 200 contact hours will be available from world-renowned perioperative experts and delivered in a variety of formats to fit your individual learning style.

Hear from Renowned Speakers

Gain new ideas for improving perioperative practice from acclaimed speakers and industry experts.

In-booth Education

Earn contact hours in the Expo Hall with dozens of exhibitors while you explore the latest products and services.

Simulation Experiences

Participate in hands-on education for real-world scenarios. Interactive sessions will be in the Expo Hall on Monday and Tuesday.

Global Research & Practice Studies

Discover how researchers and study investigators from around the globe are addressing critical practice issues.

Rapid Fire Session

Hear different perspectives on a topic from multiple speakers in this fast-paced session. Speakers will be given a predetermined number of minutes to discuss the topic and five minutes for follow-up questions before moving on to the next presenter.

Interactive Buzz Sessions

The participants drive the topic discussion to explore everyday challenges. The audience share ideas and solutions to identify creative solutions everyone can utilize. The focus will be a specific perioperative problem area. The discussion is led by an expert on the topic and encourages audience participation. This is an interactive format, not a lecture.


Earn contact hours by viewing poster displays at the conference or online after you return home. Posters will focus on clinical improvement and new innovations, research, design/concept, and evidence-based practice. Presenting a poster? View the guidelines.

Student Nurses Program

Are you a student nurse interested in learning more about the perioperative specialty? Attend a free student program where you can connect with peers and perioperative experts in a one-day student workshop on Tuesday, March 31, and then stay for the entire conference.

Faculty Program

Attend a free, half-day program on Tuesday, March 31 tailored specifically for academic faculty and clinical educators. Faculty are also invited to join their students for the morning session to learn how the program reinforces what the students have learned in their other courses.


Get ASC-specific insights on managing an effective, profitable surgery center at this 1.5-day forum at AORN Expo.