Associate Membership – Orthopaedic

Class of 2021 Applications are now closed.  Class of 2022 applications will open October 1, 2020.

We are pleased to have you join the AAOS. The Academy is here to support all future members during these challenging times. As such, the AAOS has decided to extend the application deadline.

The candidate for this category of membership is a qualified orthopaedic surgeon who, because of exceptional circumstances, does not meet the Fellow - Active requirements.

Eligibility Requirements: For three years immediately prior to induction, devotes his or her medical practice exclusively to orthopaedic surgery or engages in the teaching of orthopaedic surgery or research related to the musculoskeletal system; maintains a full, unrestricted and unlimited license to practice medicine in the United States or Canada in which he or she practices or provide evidence of full-time medical service in the federal government which does not require a medical license; and U.S. trained orthopaedic surgeons who were eligible but did not sit for the ABOS, AOBOS, or RCPSC examination or who failed the examination are explicitly excluded from this membership classification. Internationally-trained orthopaedic surgeons are eligible for this membership classification. Compliance with the AAOS Standards of Professionalism.

Application Process: Completion and submission of the Associate Member Orthopaedic 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 10-12 months.

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 head-shot 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 October through May the following year. 

Dues & Membership Cycle: 2020 dues are $1015. A one-time mandatory initiation fee of $350 is billed along with the dues in October upon acceptance. Cycle runs on calendar year, January 1-December 31. Associate Orthopaedic membership is a continuous membership. Dues are automatically billed every October for the upcoming membership cycle. 

If you have previously been an Associate Orthopaedic Member of the Academy and your membership has lapsed, please contact Customer and Member Services to discuss your options prior to completing the application.