About the AAOS

Board of Specialty Societies (BOS)

Purpose

The Board of Specialty Societies (BOS), originally created in 1984 as the Council of Orthopaedic Musculoskeletal Specialty Societies, brings together the leaders of musculoskeletal societies to address issues of mutual concern, such as advocacy, continuing medical education, research, and residency and fellowship issues. The BOS serves as a resource and advisory entity to the Board of Directors of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons and the American Association of Orthopaedic Surgeons. In addition, the BOS promotes unity and collaboration between the specialty societies and the AAOS.

More Board of Specialty Societies (BOS) Information


The BOS is composed of 23 musculoskeletal specialty societies.

  1. American Association for Hand Surgery
  2. American Association of Hip and Knee Surgeons
  3. American Orthopaedic Foot and Ankle Society
  4. American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine
  5. American Shoulder and Elbow Surgeons
  6. American Society for Surgery of the Hand
  7. American Spinal Injury Association
  8. Arthroscopy Association of North America
  9. Cervical Spine Research Society
  10. Hip Society
  11. J. Robert Gladden Orthopaedic Society
  12. Knee Society
  13. Limb Lengthening and Reconstruction Society
  14. Musculoskeletal Infection Society
  15. Musculoskeletal Tumor Society
  16. North American Spine Society
  17. Orthopaedic Rehabilitation Association
  18. Orthopaedic Research Society
  19. Orthopaedic Trauma Association
  20. Pediatric Orthopaedic Society of North America
  21. Ruth Jackson Orthopaedic Society
  22. Scoliosis Research Society
  23. Society of Military Orthopaedic Surgeons


The BOS supports eight (8) committees: (log in is required to view committee listings and charges )

  • BOS Communications Committee
  • BOS Education Committee
  • BOS Executive Committee
  • BOS Executive Director Forum
  • BOS Health Policy Committee
  • BOS Fellowship Match Oversight Committee
  • BOS Nominating Committee
  • BOS Research & Quality Committee


The BOS, in collaboration with the Board of Councilors (BOC), support three (3) joint committees:

  • BOC/BOS Bylaws Committee
  • BOC/BOS Professionalism Committee
  • BOC/BOS Resolutions Committee


The BOS meets three (3) times per year:

  • AAOS Annual Meeting
  • National Orthopaedic Leadership Conference (NOLC)
  • Fall Meeting

    The BOS committees meet at various times during the year. (See meeting schedule)