AAOS Leadership Institute® (ALI) - Level 3

Refined Skills & Experiences

The curriculum for ALI Level 3 focuses on providing you with the knowledge and skills that are critical to becoming a strong AAOS committee chair. In addition to online learning modules and webinars, participants benefit from formal one-to-one mentoring with a longstanding AAOS volunteer leader.

Each year, 20 AAOS members will have the opportunity to participate in Level 3. This level is by application-only for members who have completed all components of ALI Level 2, including the prerequisite experience and service. Candidates will need to apply and be selected through the Committee Appointment Program (CAP) process. Please monitor the CAP in mid-summer for the opportunity to apply.

The current Level 3 Class is completing a term from February 19, 2024 to March 14, 2025.

Online Learning Modules

  • Effective Meetings
  • Difficult Conversations
  • Transformational Leadership
  • Financial Acumen
  • Diversity
  • Innovation


The Level 3 ALI Webinar dates are: 

  • Effective Meetings - Tuesday, June 18 at 7:15 p.m. CT
  • Difficult Conversations - Tuesday, August 13 at 7:15 p.m. CT
  • Transformational Leadership - Tuesday, September 3 at 7:15 p.m. CT
  • Diversity - Tuesday, October 22 at 7:15 p.m. CT
  • Financial Acumen - Tuesday, November 5 at 7:15 p.m. CT
  • Innovation - Tuesday, January 21 at 7:15 p.m. CT

Learn by Experience

  • Formal one-to-one mentoring program
  • Annual Meeting attendance and networking
  • Service on an AAOS volunteer committee

Prerequisites for ALI Level 3 Participation

To be eligible to apply for Level 3 you must:

  • Complete ALI Level 2 or be eligible for exemption
  • Complete two years of committee service in the last five years

Completion Requirements

As ALI evolves over the next few years, completing Level 3 will become a prerequisite for applying for an AAOS committee chair position. 

  • Complete all online modules
  • Attend five of six live webinars
  • Attend AAOS Annual Meeting two of the last three years
  • Complete four total years of committee service
  • Be listed as a CAP application reference
  • Be available as an ALI Level 2 informal mentor

For more information

ALI FAQs provide you with quick answers to common questions about the program. ALI At a Glance lists program components for each level.

In addition, a full overview of the program is available to download and print. 

Each level of the ALI Program is a prerequisite to serve at a higher level of governance.  Members who are serving or have served in governance positions may be exempt from some ALI program levels. Exemption eligibility is determined by specific guidelines

Members will be informed through email whether they are exempt from any portion of the program. For specific information regarding your exemption eligibility, please contact governance@aaos.org.