Become an AAOS International Member

Enhance your surgical technique knowledge to improve and expand exceptional patient care with a vast array of resources across practice specialties, available and accessible online in multiple formats to meet your learning needs and maintain skill growth.   

Fuel your passion for excellence as an International Orthopaedic Surgeon Member.    

International applications open October 5, 2023 until July 31, 2024.

Our International Associate Members value the Academy's educational resources, like the JAAOS journals, Annual Meeting, OVT, and more.

How to Apply

Advance Your Orthopaedic Surgical Knowledge and Apply Today.

If interested in becoming an International Member, the first step is to get prescreened. Follow the steps under Eligibility Requirements to learn more.  

Already approved? Click the button below and make sure to select “International Orthopaedic Surgeon Member” in the application system.  

Eligibility Requirements for International Surgeon Membership

Pre-screen requirements: To comply with its legal obligations, AAOS will check the names of interested applicants against the United States Treasury Office of Foreign Assets Control (“OFAC”) Sanctions List. Individuals listed on the OFAC Sanctions List are not eligible for membership. Additionally, individuals from countries against which OFAC has issued comprehensive sanctions (including Cuba, Iran, North Korea, Syria, and the Crimea Region of Ukraine) are not eligible for membership. The completion of this form is required in order to be considered for AAOS Membership. Fill out the prescreen form here. 

Once approved, you must meet the following eligibility criteria to complete you’re your application:

  • Practice orthopaedic surgery outside of the United States and Canada 
  • Be a member in good standing in one of the national orthopaedic organizations of the country in which you practice or, where no national orthopaedic organizations exist, can provide proof of orthopaedic licensure, as substantiated by the hospital or healthcare institution in which you practice 
  • Devote your medical practice to orthopaedic surgery or be actively engaged in the teaching of orthopaedic surgery or research related to the musculoskeletal system 
  • Maintain a full, unrestricted, and unlimited license to practice medicine (or its equivalent) in the country in which you practice 
  • Comply with the Articles of Incorporation, Bylaws, Rules and Regulations, and policy statements as adopted by the AAOS Fellowship and Board of Directors 

Application Quick Facts


Recruitment Period
October 5, 2023 through July 31, 2024 



Membership Dues
2024 Dues for International Surgeon Membership are $551



Notification Date
Applications are reviewed weekly during the application period

What You Need To Know When Applying for International Surgeon Membership

​Before you apply for International Associate Membership, you need to be pre-screened and approved. In order to apply for International Associate Membership, you will be asked to log in or create an account with AAOS. Your AAOS Membership runs on the calendar year, January 1 to December 31.

International Associate Membership dues for the 2024 membership year are due at the time of application. Your Membership is continuous and will be billed automatically each year in October for the upcoming membership year.

Realize Your Potential With International Orthopaedic Surgeon Membership

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Surgical Techniques

Learn the latest techniques and best practices for patient safety and procedures with Surgical Technique videos, free to Members, free digital play-by-play, self-directed online programs that provide real-world applications from actual patient cases and complications.

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Techniques Journals:

Find complete reports on new and established surgical techniques to help you master your skillsets with four journals to choose from; Techniques in Orthopaedics, Techniques in Hand & Upper Extremity Surgery, and Techniques in Foot and Ankle Surgery, and back issues of Techniques in Shoulder & Elbow Surgery (2000-2020).

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Annual Meeting

Gain International exposure, expand your network, and learn new skills by attending Instructional Course Lectures (ICLs), viewing papers and posters, TechTalks, free Symposia, OVT, and more from experts around the world to further your practice at the AAOS Annual Meeting  

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 JAAOS Collection 

Hear from experts worldwide and stay up to date with high-quality original research, clinical trials, case reports, and monthly articles with JAAOS Research & Reviews; additionally, listen to authors from highlighted articles in the yellow journal with JAAOS Unplugged Podcast, available on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, and more. 

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Orthopaedic Video Theater (OVT)

Advance your surgical specialty skills and enhance patient care with Orthopaedic Video Theater (OVT) with over 1,600 exclusive Member-only videos, where you can watch and save at your own pace while gaining international recognition for your own procedures with OVT Now, where you can submit your own orthopaedic technique videos and lectures. 

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Clinical Orthopaedics and Related Research® (CORR®)

Stay informed with the latest peer-reviewed clinical and basic research and informed opinions via commentaries and author reviews that shape today's orthopaedic practice across all aspects of musculoskeletal health with Clinical Orthopaedics and Related Research® (CORR®)  

What Is Your International Orthopaedic Surgeon Membership Worth?

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

Do You Have Questions or Need Assistance?

Please contact our Customer and Member Services Team or call 1-847-823-7186.