Become an AAOS Affiliate Orthopaedic Surgeon Member



Improve your practice with quick access to curated specialty content, live and on-demand training, research resources, and a national network of orthopaedic professionals so that you can focus on what matters most – improving quality of life for your patients.   

With an AAOS Affiliate Orthopaedics Membership, you can enhance your clinical decision-making, refine your surgical specialty skills at your pace, gain international recognition, and expand your orthopaedic network.   

Fuel your passion for excellence as an Affiliate Orthopaedic Surgeon Membership.   

Affiliate Orthopaedic Surgeon Membership applications are closed. Applications open October 5, 2023 - May 31, 2024. 

Our Affiliate Members value the Academy's advanced training resources in their practice specialties, CME tracking support, and so much more.

How to Apply

Advance Your Orthopaedic Surgical Knowledge and Apply Today.

Deadline to apply: May 31, 2024

If interested in becoming an Associate Orthopaedic Member, please select "Affiliate Member Orthopaedic" in the application system.

Eligibility for Affiliate Orthopaedic Surgeon Membership

To be eligible for AAOS Affiliate Orthopaedic Surgeon Membership, you must meet the following requirements: 

  • Devote your medical practice exclusively to orthopaedic surgery or engage in the teaching of orthopaedic surgery or research related to the musculoskeletal system 
  • Maintain a full, unrestricted, and unlimited license to practice medicine in either the United States or Canada (the country in which you practice), or provide evidence of full-time medical service in the federal government which does not require a medical license 
    • U.S. trained orthopaedic surgeons who were eligible but did not sit for the ABOS, AOBOS, or RCPSC examination or who failed the examination  
    • Internationally trained orthopaedic surgeons living and practicing in the United States or Canada and are not certified by ABOS, AOBOS, or RCPSC 
  • Comply with the AAOS Standards of Professionalism 

Application Quick Facts

Application Period
October 5, 2023 through May 31, 2024



Application Fee
$350 one-time processing fee is due at the time of application



Membership Dues
2024 dues for Associate Members are $1,098


Notification Date
October 2024

What You Need To Know When Applying for Affiliate Orthopaedic Surgeon Membership

All applications are reviewed and approved first by the Membership Council and then by the AAOS Board of Directors each September. Applicants are approved and accepted as an election class each year in October. 

The full application process can take 10 to 12 months, so we encourage you to apply early. 

It will take approximately 60 minutes to complete your application. You can also save your progress and finish at a later time.

Applications not completed within 30 days of the start of the application will be deleted.  

Before you begin your application, have the following information and documents gathered: 

  • Sponsor names (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) 

Realize Your Potential With An Affiliate Orthopaedic Surgeon Membership

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Webinars Live and OnDemand

Learn the latest techniques live alongside your colleagues or on-demand  and earn CME credit to keep your skills sharp 

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Surgical Technique Videos 

Keep your skills up to date with the latest techniques in the musculoskeletal field, all from the comfort of your home, with access to play-by-play, self-directed online programs that provide nearly 500 real-world applications from actual patient cases and complications.

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JAAOS Collection

Stay current with the latest peer-reviewed clinical research, as well as commentaries and author reviews on various topics of musculoskeletal health with the JAAOS Collection, available to members in print, podcasts, videos, webinars, blogs and more.

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AAOS Annual Meeting

Gain International recognition by submitting your abstracts for Instructional Course Lectures (ICLs), papers and posters, TechTalks, Symposia, and more, all while attending events and hearing from experts around the world to further your practice, including brand new 4K resolution videos at Orthodome®.

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CME Courses and Videos

Search quickly to find CME credited videos from hundreds of options filtered by practice specialty or area of interest, all for free as an AAOS Member 

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Mobile App & Membership Directory

Network with other musculoskeletal professionals in the field all without leaving your home or office,  by utilizing the private member-to-member chat, group chat, and AAOS Community Groups only available in the AAOS Membership Mobile App. 

What Is Your Affiliate Membership Worth?

Affiliate Membership offers incredible value. Membership will provide you with a range of exclusive products, programs, services, and discounts that will help improve your patient care and support the success of your practice.

Membership Dues for the AAOS Affiliate Class of 2024

AAOS Membership runs on the calendar year, January 1 to December 31. If accepted, your dues for the 2024 membership year will be due January 1, 2024. Associate Membership is a continuous membership, meaning dues are automatically billed every October for the upcoming membership cycle.

Do You Have Questions or Need Assistance?

Please contact our Customer and Member Service Team or call us at 800-626-6726 today.