The AAOS has long valued the energy, experience, and commitment of our members in the many volunteer roles in our governance structure.
Our members can address issues that affect orthopaedic surgeons and their patients through service in AAOS Councils, Cabinets, and Committees, as well as in state, regional, and specialty societies.
In addition, we have recently launched the AAOS Leadership Institute (ALI) -- a program exclusively for AAOS members that provides training, mentoring, and networking opportunities to help them acquire and enhance the key skills needed to succeed as a volunteer leader at AAOS.
AAOS Mandatory Disclosure Policy
Each Fellow or Member participating in an AAOS CME program, serving as an author of enduring materials, as a member of the AAOS Councils, Cabinets, Committees, Project Teams or other official AAOS groups, editors-in-chief and editorial boards or AAOS guideline development workgroups has the obligation to disclose all potentially conflicting interests through the AAOS Orthopaedic Disclosure Program.
AAOS Committee Appointment Program
The Committee Appointment program allows members to view all AAOS Council/Cabinet and Committee openings and apply for positions of interest.
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Board of Councilors (BOC)
The Board of Councilors (BOC) represents the grass roots of the orthopaedic profession. BOC members are elected by state and regional orthopaedic societies. BOC members serve as advocates for the practicing orthopaedists in their areas, bringing priorities of their state societies to the leadership of the AAOS which allows AAOS to integrate specific issues into its larger advocacy efforts.
Board of Specialty Societies (BOS)
The Board of Specialty Societies (BOS) brings together leaders of 23 musculoskeletal societies to address issues of mutual concern, such as advocacy, continuing medical education, research, and residency and fellowship issues.
The AAOS hosts the Combined National Orthopaedic Leaderhsip Conference (NOLC)/Fall Meeting each year, which is attended by members of the BOC and BOS: