AAOS-Registered Disaster Responder Information

Become an AAOS-Registered Disaster Responder!
In a disaster, being prepared is essential. AAOS-Registered Disaster Responders are trained and registered in the AAOS Disaster Responder Database. A customized training curriculum helps prepare you for work in austere environments. AAOS also can provide you with information you need to get apply for service with NGOs or federal government agencies.

As a Registered Responder in our database, AAOS will be better able to connect you with appropriate agents and services on the ground when a disaster strikes. Three types of Registered Disaster Responders are recognized.

  • Type I: Trauma Trained Surge Responder
    Type I Responders will have an active practice and extensive experience in complex orthopaedic trauma. They will typically be fellowship trained and/or serve as faculty or staff at a Level I trauma facility. Type I Responders will serve in the immediate surge of response.
  • Type II: Acute Phase Responder
    Type II Responders may or may not have been trauma fellowship trained or have an active practice dedicated to orthopaedic trauma. Type II Responders will serve after the initial surge, but still in the acute phases of disaster response.
  • Type III: Sustaining Phase Responder
    Type III Responders may or may not have been trauma fellowship trained or have an active practice dedicated to orthopaedic trauma. Type III surgeons will serve during the recovery phase of the disaster.
  • In order to become a Registered Responder, members must complete the Disaster Response Course, Developed by SOMOS and Co-sponsored by AAOS, OTA and POSNAIf you have completed the Disaster Response Course and are interested to become a Registered Responder, please contact disasterprep@aaos.org.
  • AAOS Orthopaedic Volunteer Training and Registration Schematic (pdf)

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