For Allied Health Professionals

Caring for orthopaedic patients and treating musculoskeletal conditions is a team effort. The AAOS offers unique opportunities for learning alongside surgeons, as well as focused educational activities developed specifically for physician assistants, emergency medical responders, and other providers, through strategic partnerships.

AOSSM / AAOS Orthopaedic Sports Medicine Review Course
This 2.5-day course, taking place in Chicago from August 7–9, is the only course of its kind providing an unparalleled overview of generally accepted standards-of-care and orthopaedic sports medicine topics, taught by the leading experts in the field. This comprehensive review provides you with practical tips and techniques to take back and communicate to your entire healthcare team. Registration includes post-course online study resources including the AOSSM 2020 Self-Assessment Exam and access to all course audio and slide presentations. 

22nd Annual AAOS/AOSSM/AANA Sports Medicine Course
Safely return your most active patients to play with contemporary approaches and practical treatment solutions, offered February 3–7, 2021 in Park City, UT. Small group case-based breakouts, participant-expert panels, open dialogue with renowned faculty, and hands-on training offer solutions and strategies that you can immediately implement. With discounted registration rates for allied health professionals and mid-day recreation breaks, it’s a slope-side learning experience you don’t want to miss!

Essentials of Musculoskeletal Care, 5th edition
A robust educational resource focused on how to evaluate and manage common musculoskeletal conditions. This text is used for immediate, point-of-care guidance in decision making and intervention and is a powerful educational product for many health professions dealing with the care of the musculoskeletal system. The easy-to-understand content and crisp presentation appeal to health care professionals and students. It is also a powerful tool to help educate patients regarding conditions and treatment. Now distributed through a special partnership between the AAOS and Jones & Bartlett Learning, an Ascend Learning Company, every new print copy of Essentials of Musculoskeletal Care, Enhanced Fifth Edition includes Navigate 2 Advantage Access which unlocks a complete, interactive eBook with nearly 300 embedded procedure videos, new Skills Checklists to accompany videos in PDF format, and Home Exercise step-by-step instructions in PDF format.

The Sports Medicine Field Manual
This new, downloadable publication is a reference for on-site evaluation and management of athletic injuries and conditions, as well as education beyond the point of care. Developed in partnership with the AAOS, the National Athletic Trainers Association, the American Medical Society for Sports Medicine, and the American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine, the Sports Medicine Field Manual offers safe, accurate, and proven information on more than 50 topics.

Self-Assessment Examinations

Many of the AAOS self-assessment programs have been reviewed and approved, for a maximum of the designated number of AAPA Category 1 Self-Assessment CME credits, by the Physician Assistant Review Panel. Physician Assistants should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Patient Education

Strengthen your patient education program with up-to-date, authoritative information peer-reviewed by AAOS members. is the Academy's patient education website. It offers hundreds of articles on conditions, treatments, and injury prevention.

Emergency Medical Services

The AAOS, in partnership with Jones & Bartlett Learning, offers a comprehensive collection of educational and training resources for emergency medical providers, from first responders to critical care transport paramedics.