Orthopaedic Membership

Class of 2020 Applications Now Open!

We are pleased to have you to join the AAOS.  As an Associate Orthopaedic Member, you can:

  • Expand your knowledge and skills with renowned educational resources, including Orthopaedic Knowledge Update (OKU), self-assessment examinations, clinical guidelines, and digital offerings.
  • Learn from the best minds and practitioners in orthopaedic medicine through our globally-valued publications and videos, including Journal of the AAOS (JAAOS), Orthopaedic Knowledge Online Journal (OKOJ), Orthopaedic Video Theater (OVT), and webinars.
  • Experience fellowship and support by connecting with other AAOS members in the U.S. and around the world, especially by attending the AAOS Annual Meeting.

Associate Membership – Orthopaedic

The candidate for this category of membership must be ineligible to be considered for certification by the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery because of the location of training or other specific reasons.

Basic Requirements: A citizen of or practicing in the United States. Maintenance of a full, unrestricted, and unlimited license to practice medicine or full-time service in the federal government. Exclusive practice of orthopaedic surgery in the United States for at least 36 months, exclusive of fellowship training, immediately prior to induction. Compliance with the AAOS Standards of Professionalism.

Application Process: Completion and submittal of the Associate Orthopaedic Member application and accompanying documentation during the recruitment period. All applications are reviewed by the Membership Committee and Associate Member status is considered pending until final approval by the AAOS Board of Directors. Applicants are approved and accepted as a “class” each year in October. The full application process can take 10-12 months.

We strongly suggest having approximately 60 minutes without interruptions to complete your application. If you are unable to complete the application in one sitting, you will need to keep your browser session open to return to the form and continue. Before you begin your application have the following information and documents available:

  • Digital head-shot photo (jpeg to upload)
  • Sponsor names, practice, address and phone information (Sponsors must be Active AAOS Fellow Members)
  • Certification and Practice Information
  • Medical Education, Residency, and Fellowship Information
  • Hospital and Teaching Affiliation(s)
  • License(s) and Practice History
  • Medical Society Memberships
  • Curriculum Vitae (PDF to upload)
  • Personal Statement

Recruitment Period: Annually from October through April the following year. 

Dues & Membership Cycle: A one-time mandatory initiation fee billed in October upon acceptance. 2019 yearly Associate Member dues are $995. The annual dues cycle dates are January 1st through December 31st. Associate membership is a continuous membership and dues are automatically billed in October for the upcoming membership cycle.

If you have previously been an Associate Orthopaedic Member of the Academy and your membership has lapsed, please contact Member Services at member@aaos.org to discuss your options prior to completing the application.