Associate Allied Specialty or Basic Science Membership

We are pleased to have you to join the AAOS.  As an Associate Member, you can:

  • Expand your knowledge and skills with renowned educational resources, including Orthopaedic Knowledge Update (OKU), self-assessment examinations, clinical guidelines, and digital offerings.
  • Learn from the best minds and practitioners in orthopaedic medicine through our globally-valued publications and videos, including Journal of the AAOS (JAAOS), Orthopaedic Knowledge Online Journal (OKOJ), Orthopaedic Video Theater (OVT), and webinars.
  • Experience fellowship and support by connecting with other AAOS members in the U.S. and around the world, especially by attending the AAOS Annual Meeting.


Associate Membership Categories for Non-Orthopaedic Surgeons


Associate Membership - Basic ScienceThe status of Associate Membership-Basic Science may be conferred upon an individual holding a doctorate degree or its equivalent who is engaged in the full time research of basic science related to orthopaedic surgery and who has demonstrated achievement in research and education for orthopaedic surgery. Applicants in this category must also provide a Curriculum Vitae and bibliography demonstrating recent publications in peer reviewed journals (a minimum of two articles within 3 years prior to application).

Associate Membership – Allied Specialty:  The status of Associate Membership - Allied Specialty may be conferred upon distinguished physicians who are not orthopaedic surgeons who hold the degrees of M.D. or D.O. and whose activities, interests and contributions are closely related to orthopaedic surgery.


Requirements: A completed application form, supporting documents, three letters of recommendation and Curriculum Vitae. Compliance with the AAOS Standards of Professionalism.

Application process: Completion and submittal of the Associate Allied Specialty/Basic Science Member application and accompanying documentation during the recruitment period. All applications are reviewed by the Membership Committee and Associate Member status is considered pending until final approval by the AAOS Board of Directors. Applicants are approved and accepted as a “class” each year in October. The full application process can take between 4 and 12 months. See application for specific details and application timeline.

We strongly suggest having approximately 60 minutes without interruptions to complete your application. If you are unable to complete the application in one sitting, you will need to keep your browser session open to return to the form and continue. Before you begin your application have the following information and documents available:

  • Digital headshot photo (jpeg to upload)
  • Sponsor names, practice, address and phone information (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)
  • Personal Statement

Recruitment period:  Annually from November through June.

Dues & Membership Cycle: Mandatory initiation fee of $75 billed immediately upon acceptance. Yearly Dues are $175 for the period of January 1st through December 31st. Both of these membership categories are continuous and are automatically billed every October for the upcoming dues cycle.

If you have previously been a member of the Academy and your membership has lapsed, please contact Member Services at member@aaos.org to discuss your options prior to completing the application.


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