Board of Specialty Societies


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

BOS includes 23 member organizations.

American Association for Hand Surgery Limb Lengthening and Reconstruction Society
American Association of Hip and Knee Surgeons
Musculoskeletal Infection Society
American Orthopaedic Foot and Ankle Society
Musculoskeletal Tumor Society
American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine                 
North American Spine Society
American Shoulder and Elbow Surgeons
Orthopaedic Rehabilitation Association
American Society for Surgery of the Hand
Orthopaedic Research Society
American Spinal Injury Association
Orthopaedic Trauma Association
Arthroscopy Association of North America
Pediatric Orthopaedic Society of North America
Cervical Spine Research Society
Ruth Jackson Orthopaedic Society
The Hip Society
Scoliosis Research Society
J. Robert Gladden Orthopaedic Society
Society of Military Orthopaedic Surgeons         
The Knee Society

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)