Become an AAOS Candidate Member

Start your career out right with quick access to curated specialty content, live and on-demand trainings and research resources, and everything in between. AAOS Candidate Membership prepares you to pass Part II of the Board exam, enhance your surgical skills, and manage your practice.

Candidate Membership is open to graduates of U.S. and Canadian allopathic or osteopathic orthopaedic residency programs who have entered practice.

Associate Orthopaedic Candidate Membership is open to internationally trained orthopaedic surgeons who are licensed and practicing in the U.S. or Canada. 

Candidate Membership is held for a five-year maximum following residency, including post-graduate fellowship(s).

Our Candidate Members value the Academy's curated practice specialty resources, JAAOS journals, practice management and coding tools, and more.

Eligibility for Candidate Membership

To be eligible for AAOS Candidate Membership, you must meet the following requirements:

U.S.- and Canada-Trained Surgeons

  • Available to graduates immediately upon completion of approved U.S./Canadian orthopaedic residency programs who intend to pursue certification by the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery (ABOS) or American Osteopathic Board of Orthopaedic Surgery (AOBOS)
  • Compliance with the AAOS Standards of Professionalism

Internationally Trained Orthopaedic Surgeons

  • Available to graduates who received training through international residency programs outside of U.S. & Canada
  • Maintain a full unlimited license to practice in the U.S.
  • Compliance with the AAOS Standards of Professionalism

Application Quick Facts

Recruitment Period for AAOS Resident Members
April 2021 to September 2021


Recruitment Period for Non-Members
Year-round for non-members who are eligible


Membership Dues
2021 Dues for Candidate Membership and
Associate Candidate Membership is $477

Realize Your Potential With Candidate Membership

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Get Ahead of Your Peers

Save time studying for the Board Part II with educational resources across all specialties and areas of interest. Find new activities, webinars, self-assessments, Practice Prep Plans, and more.


Access Long-Distance Learning

Fit your busy schedule with Courses and Webinars OnDemand, quality recordings of our highly rated educational programs. Webinars OnDemand are searchable by specialty and are free to you as a member.

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Stay Current With JAAOS

Keep up-to-date with the latest peer-reviewed and clinical research, as well as commentaries and author reviews on all things orthopaedic with JAAOS, JAAOS Global, JAAOS Research, CORR, and more.  

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Track Your CME

Take the work out of CME tracking and quickly access your MOC progress via the AAOS Learning Portfolio or MyDashboard. Free daily transcript transfer to ABOS is a benefit of your membership.


Find Practice Management Tools

Run your practice effectively with free resources from the Practice Management Channel on Orthopaedic Video Theater, plus tools for coding and reimbursement, telemedicine, and more.


Learn & Network

Gain visibility in the field, network with physicians worldwide, view posters and papers, find career opportunities, and hear from top faculty at the AAOS Annual Meeting, now with our Virtual Experience.

What Is Your Candidate Membership Worth?

Candidate Membership offers incredible value. Membership will provide you with a range of exclusive products, programs, services, and discounts that will improve your patient care and support the success of your practice.

What You Need To Know When Applying for Candidate Membership

U.S. and Canada-trained Surgeons: During your last year of training, watch for an email from AAOS to opt-in via the AAOS Resident/Fellowship Transition Online Form. If you miss the recruitment period, contact our Service Center via email, phone 800-626-6726, or Contact Us form

Internationally Trained Orthopaedic Surgeons: Please complete our application. Be sure to submit a cover letter along with your application. If you have questions or need assistance, please contact our Customer and Member Services Team or call 800-626-6726.

Membership Dues for the AAOS Candidate Class of 2022

Your AAOS Membership runs the calendar year, January 1 to December 31. Your membership dues of $478 will be due January 1, 2022.  Membership dues are automatically billed every October for the upcoming membership cycle. Candidate Membership is held for a five-year maximum following residency, including post-graduate fellowship(s).