Become an Affiliated Professional Member - Allied Specialty

Keep up-to-date with the latest skillsets and research developments in the orthopaedic field to ensure you provide the best care to orthopaedic patients, whether that is assisting in the O.R. or identifying the latest major breakthrough in musculoskeletal treatment.

Membership in AAOS provides you with a wide range of resources to support your professional development and provide the highest quality patient care.

Applications now open for Class of 2022.

Deadline to apply is May 31, 2021.

Our Affiliated Professional - Allied Specialty Members value the Academy's surgical video resources, self-assessment tools, journals, and much more.

Eligibility Requirements for Affiliated Professional - Allied Specialty

To be eligible for AAOS Affiliated Professional - Allied Specialty Membership, you must meet the following requirements:

  • Be a distinguished physician who is not an orthopaedic surgeon and who holds the degree of M.D. or D.O.
  • Have activities, interests, and contributions that are related to orthopaedic surgery

Application Quick Facts

Application Period
October 1, 2020 through May 31, 2021


Application Fee
$350 one-time processing fee is billed at the time of application


Membership Dues
2022 Dues for Affiliated Professional is $187


Notification Date
October 2021

Realize Your Potential With AAOS Membership

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Self-Assessment Tools & CME

Learn at your own convenience with free access to hundreds of educational resources on the AAOS online learning platform. Make sure you meet and track your CME requirements with options like our self-assessments, OnDemand webinars, surgical techniques, and more. 

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AAOS Annual Meeting

Access hands-on learning opportunities with programming tailored to your needs at our acclaimed Annual Meeting. Network with other professionals in the musculoskeletal health space from around the world. Also available OnDemand and as a Virtual Experience.  

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Orthopaedic Video Theater (OVT)

Balance your workload and your education with free access to more than 1,000 surgical techniques videos from renowned experts from around the world. Viewable on your computer, tablet, or smartphone, OVT will help you stay on top of the latest procedures in musculoskeletal health.  

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Stay informed of the latest developments with peer-reviewed and clinical research, as well as commentaries and author reviews in JAAOS, JAAOS Global, JAAOS Research, JAAOS CME, and on the go with the JAAOS Unplugged podcast.


Career Center

Explore your career options to ensure you find the best fit for your future. Search job opportunities through our online portal, practice your interview skills, or attend a virtual career fair with resources from the AAOS Career Center.


What Is Your AAOS Membership Worth?

AAOS membership offers incredible value. Membership will provide you with a range of exclusive products, programs, services, and discounts that you can use to support the success of your practice.

What You Need To Know When Applying for AAOS Membership

All applications are reviewed and approved first by the Membership Committee Council and then by the AAOS Board of Directors each September. Applicants are approved and accepted as a “class” each year in October.

The full application process can take 10 to 12 months, so we encourange you to apply early.

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 gathered:

  • 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)

Membership Dues for the AAOS Affiliated Professional - Allied Specialty Class of 2022

AAOS membership runs on the calendar year, January 1 to December 31. If accepted, your membership dues for 2022 of $187 will be due January 1, 2022. Affiliated Professional Membership is a continuous membership, meaning dues are automatically billed every October for the upcoming membership cycle.

Do You Have Questions or Need Assistance?

Please contact our Customer and Member Service Team or call us at 800-626-6726 today.