Become an AAOS Candidate Member

Start your career out right with quick access to curated specialty content, live and on-demand trainings and research resources, and everything in between. AAOS Candidate Membership prepares you to pass Part II of the Board exam, enhance your surgical skills, and manage your practice. 

Candidate Membership is open to graduates of U.S. and Canadian allopathic or osteopathic orthopaedic residency programs who have entered practice. 

Candidate Membership is held for a five-year maximum following residency, including post-graduate fellowship(s) 

Fuel your passion for excellence as a Candidate Member.  

Residents and Fellowship Members transition period is from April 1, 2023, to September 30, 2023.

If you would like to reactivate your Candidate membership, contact the Customer and Member Service Team or call us at 800-626-6726 today.  

It is important for you to update your profile and contact information to receive timely communications on your membership status.

Our Candidate Members value the Academy's curated practice specialty resources, JAAOS journals, practice management and coding tools, and more.

Eligibility for Candidate Membership

To be eligible for AAOS Candidate Membership, you must meet the following requirements:

  • U.S.- and Canada-Trained Surgeons
  • Available to graduates immediately upon completion of approved U.S./Canadian orthopaedic residency programs who intend to pursue certification by the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery (ABOS) or American Osteopathic Board of Orthopaedic Surgery (AOBOS)
  • Compliance with the AAOS Standards of Professionalism

Application Quick Facts

Recruitment Period for AAOS Resident and
Residents in Fellowship Members 
April 2023 to September 2023

 

Recruitment Period for Non-Member Candidates
Year-round for non-members who are eligible

 

Membership Dues
2023 Dues for Candidate Membership are $497

What You Need To Know When Applying for Candidate Membership

During your last year of training, watch for an email from AAOS to opt-in via the AAOS Resident/Fellowship Transition Online Form. If you miss the recruitment period, contact our Service Center via email, phone 800-626-6726, or Contact Us form

Realize Your Potential With Candidate Membership

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Board Preparation and Review

Build plans for your successful case submission, presentation and defense. Present two of your patient cases in a mock oral examination session with fellowship-trained faculty across the specialties. Available one-on-one consultation sessions with subspecialty faculty.

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Curated Practice Specialty Resources

Prepare to successfully pass your Board exams with educational resources across all practice specialties and areas of interest by finding new activities, upcoming events, webinars, self-assessments, practice prep plans and more.

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Clinical Peer-Reviewed Research

Keep up to date with the latest peer-reviewed and clinical research, as well as commentaries and author reviews on all thing’s musculoskeletal health with JAAOS, JAAOS Global, JAAOS Research, Clinical Orthopaedics and Related Research, and more.

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Bone Beat Podcast Channel

Stay current on musculoskeletal health with the Bone Beat Orthopaedic Podcast Channel, featuring the AAOS Advocacy Podcast, the AAOS Career Podcast, and JAAOS Unplugged. You can listen to each show on aaos.org or through popular listening apps, including Apple, Google, Spotify and Stitcher.

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Find Practice Management

Find the resources you need to run your practice effectively and gain credibility with Practice Management resources, including free videos in the Practice Management Channel on Orthopaedic Video Theater (OVT), coding and reimbursement products and courses, information on practice transitions, telemedicine, employment contracts, and more.

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AAOS Annual Meeting

Gain invaluable guidance on how to build your practice, expand your network, and improve patient care, as well as hear from top faculty in the field at AAOS Annual Meeting's specialty symposiums and lectures.

What Is Your Candidate Membership Worth?

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

Membership Dues for the AAOS Candidate Class of 2024

Your AAOS Membership runs the calendar year, January 1 to December 31. Dues for the 2024 membership year will be due January 1, 2024. Membership dues are automatically billed every October for the upcoming membership cycle. Candidate Membership is held for a five-year maximum following residency, including post-graduate fellowship(s).