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Are you an AAOS Fellow? Whether you are considering becoming an AAOS Fellow or you currently have the designation, today, in these unprecedented times, it has become increasingly important to proudly display FAAOS. By using this designation, you are demonstrating that you are the part of a community that provides best in class clinical surgical care, and are representing the unwavering altruistic nature of the orthopedic community as a whole.

In today’s climate, patients with chronic conditions of the musculoskeletal system are delaying surgical procedures due to fears over the COVID-19 pandemic and patients who are in need of care are unsure of where to turn when choosing a surgeon that they can trust. They want the confidence in knowing that they are receiving the best care possible from a highly skilled practitioner that maintains the highest standards of quality treatment and safety at their facility. Having the distinction of an FAAOS designation can help alleviate those fears.

The FAAOS designation sets you apart as a leader on the cutting edge of musculoskeletal health rather than just another provider of care. To become an Active Fellow Member and use the designation, physicians and surgeons must complete a rigorous application process and ultimately be approved by the AAOS Board of Directors.

As a board-certified orthopedic surgeon and FAAOS designation holder, you have completed the highest caliber of training available to advance in your chosen field while bringing specialized knowledge and treatment to your patients. You deserve to be recognized! Proudly display your FAAOS designation today.

Make sure to log in and update your AAOS profile, and complete your practice specialty information if you have not already. This is how patients can search and find you on Find an Orthopaedist!

Frequently Asked Questions

What is FAAOS?
FAAOS stands for “Fellow of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons”.

Who can use this designation?
This designation can only be used by Academy members who are qualified. This includes Active Fellow and Emeritus Fellow Members who have been certified by the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery (ABOS), American Osteopathic Board of Orthopaedic Surgery (AOBOS) or Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada (RCPSC).

Active Fellow Member Requirements:

  • Certification by the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery (ABOS), American Osteopathic Board of Orthopaedic Surgery (AOBOS) or Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada
  • In exclusive practice of orthopaedic surgery in the U.S. for at least 36 months (exclusive of fellowship training) immediately prior to induction
  • Maintenance of a full, unrestricted, and unlimited license to practice medicine or full-time service in the federal government
  • Compliance with the AAOS Standards of Professionalism
  • Complete Active Fellow Member Application
  • Membership Committee and AAOS Board of Director Approval of Application.

Members who reside in Canada that apply for active fellow status, rather than international membership, and are certified by the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada may also use the FAAOS designation. 

Who is not qualified to use the FAAOS designation? 
Non-members, members who have not been approved for full active fellowship, suspended fellows.

Why does the FAAOS designation matter?
The FAAOS designation distinguishes orthopaedic surgeons from other healthcare specialists as the leaders of the musculoskeletal health team with the level of skills, training, experience and professionalism consistent with the high standards established by the AAOS. The FAAOS designation represents a commitment to quality, professional development, and continuous education. This sets orthopaedic surgeons apart from other providers of the bone and joint health team.

Is the FAAOS designation a member benefit?
Yes. Using the designation will help differentiate Active Fellows from non-orthopaedic surgeons and colleagues who aren't qualified to use the designation.

  • Brings recognition to the profession as a whole
  • Signifies standing in the Academy
  • Reinforces a sense of pride in accomplishments

Stay tuned for additional FAAOS benefits launching in 2020, including toolkits, a lapel pin, certificate, and more!

What is the correct use to display an FAAOS designation credential and when can members begin to use it? 
A member should display FAAOS after their name, i.e. John Doe, MD, FAAOS.  If members have multiple credentials and designations, the order should be as follows:

  • Highest earned degree
  • Licensure credentials
  • State designations or requirements
  • National certification
  • Awards and honors (Always lead with FAAOS)
  • Other certifications

Members will soon begin to see the FAAOS designation automatically after their name when they access various Academy channels and information including the AAOS member profile.

Can a member remove the designation from AAOS communication channels?
The FAAOS designation will always appear after a qualified member's name in AAOS-controlled communication channels. A qualified member may only remove the designation within these channels by calling the AAOS Service Center and requesting removal.

What are some ways members can start using the FAAOS designation?
We encourage FAAOS designees to include the designation acronym wherever appropriate in their day-to-day communications with peers, colleagues and patients. This might include but is not limited to:

  • Practice and Hospital websites
  • Practice and hospital marketing collateral, such as posters, brochures, name tags, etc.
  • Presentations
  • Press releases
  • Email signatures and Business cards
  • Other Physician Directories (e.g., find an Orthopaedist)
  • Social Media presence and profiles

Who do I contact if I still have questions about the FAAOS designation?
For additional help, contact our AAOS Customer Service Team