Board of Specialty Societies (BOS)


The Board of Specialty Societies (BOS), originally created in 1984 as the Council of Orthopaedic Musculoskeletal Specialty Societies, brings together the leaders of musculoskeletal societies to address issues of mutual concern, such as advocacy, continuing medical education, research, and residency and fellowship issues. The BOS serves as a resource and advisory entity to the Board of Directors of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons and the American Association of Orthopaedic Surgeons. In addition, the BOS promotes unity and collaboration between the specialty societies and the AAOS. More Board of Specialty Societies (BOS) Information...

The BOS is composed of 22 musculoskeletal specialty societies.

  1. American Association for Hand Surgery
  2. American Association of Hip and Knee Surgeons
  3. American Orthopaedic Foot and Ankle Society
  4. American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine
  5. American Shoulder and Elbow Surgeons
  6. American Society for Surgery of the Hand
  7. American Spinal Injury Association
  8. Arthroscopy Association of North America
  9. Cervical Spine Research Society
  10. Hip Society
  11. J. Robert Gladden Orthopaedic Society
  12. Knee Society
  13. Limb Lengthening and Reconstruction Society
  14. Musculoskeletal Tumor Society
  15. North American Spine Society
  16. Orthopaedic Rehabilitation Association
  17. Orthopaedic Research Society
  18. Orthopaedic Trauma Association
  19. Pediatric Orthopaedic Society of North America
  20. Ruth Jackson Orthopaedic Society
  21. Scoliosis Research Society
  22. Society of Military Orthopaedic Surgeons

The BOS supports eight committees: (See committee listings and charges)

  • BOS Communications Committee
  • BOS Education Committee
  • BOS Executive Committee
  • BOS Executive Director Forum
  • BOS Health Policy Committee
  • BOS Match Oversight Committee
  • BOS Nominating Committee
  • BOS Research Committee

The BOS, in collaboration with the Board of Councilors (BOC) support three joint committees:

  • BOC/BOS Bylaws Committee
  • BOC/BOS Professionalism Committee
  • BOC/BOS Resolutions Committee

The BOS meets three times a year:

  • AAOS Annual Meeting
  • National Orthopaedic Leadership Conference (NOLC)
  • Fall Meeting

The committees meet at various times during the year. (See meeting schedule)

AAOS Headquarters

AAOS Headquarters

9400 West Higgins Road
Rosemont, IL 60018
Phone: 847.823.7186
Fax: 847.823.8125

Washington Office

AAOS Washington, DC Office

317 Massachusetts Ave NE
1st Floor
Washington DC 20002
Phone: 202.546.4430
Fax: 202.546.5051