Become an AAOS International Associate Member

Enhance your surgical technique knowledge to continue to expand exceptional patient care. AAOS Membership provides you with a vast array of resources across practice specialties, available and accessible online in multiple formats to meet your learning needs and maintain skill growth.  

Applications are now open for the Class of 2021.

Deadline to Apply: August 31, 2021.

We encourage you to apply early to maximize your membership's value for the year.

Our International Associate Members value the Academy's educational resources, like the JAAOS journals, Annual Meeting, OVT, and more.

Eligibility Requirements for International Associate Membership

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

  • Practice orthopaedic surgery outside of the United States and Canada
  • Be a member in good standing in one of the national orthopaedic organizations of the country in which you practice or, where no national orthopaedic organizations exists, can provide proof of orthopaedic licensure, as substantiated by the hospital or healthcare institution in which you practice
  • Devote your medical practice to orthopaedic surgery or be actively engaged in the teaching of orthopaedic surgery or research related to the musculoskeletal system
  • Maintain a full, unrestricted, and unlimited license to practice medicine (or its equivalent) in the country in which you practice
  • Comply with the Articles of Incorporation, Bylaws, Rules and Regulations, and policy statements as adopted by the AAOS Fellowship and Board of Directors

Application Quick Facts

Recruitment Period
November 1, 2020 through August 31, 2021



Membership Dues
2021 Dues for International Associate Membership is $530



Notification Date
October 2021

Realize Your Potential With International Associate Membership

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Stay Informed

Access the latest peer-reviewed clinical and basic research, plus informed opinions via commentaries and author reviews that shape today’s orthopaedic practice -- across all aspects of musculoskeletal treatment with Clinical Orthopaedics and Related Research (CORR).


Learn & Network

Gain international exposure and learn new skills at the AAOS Annual Meeting. View papers and posters and hear from experts from around the world at Instructional Course Lectures, TechTalks, Symposia, and more. Also available OnDemand and via our Virtual Experience.

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Advance Your Surgical Skills

Advance your surgical specialty skills at your own pace with Orthopaedic Video Theater (OVT) by watching and saving quality videos. Gain international recognition with the newest feature, OVT Now, by submitting your own orthopaedic technique videos and lectures.

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Keep Current With JAAOS

Hear from worldwide experts and stay up-to-date with high quality original research, clinical trials, case reports, and review articles with JAAOS, JAAOS Global, JAAOS Research, JAAOS CME, plus listen to yellow journal authors while on-the-go with the JAAOS Unplugged podcast.

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Improve Patient Safety

Improve clinical decision-making, patient discussions, and patient safety with resources like the Pain Alleviation Toolkit, Surgical Risk Reduction Toolkit, Clinician Checklists and more. Enhance your patient education with quality articles, videos, and handouts on

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Learn the Latest Techniques

Find step-by-step details on new and established surgical techniques with your free access to the Techniques Journals. Access our online learning platform for play-by-play, self-directed programs that provide real-world applications from actual patient cases and complications.

What Is Your International Associate Membership Worth?

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

What You Need To Know When Applying for International Associate Membership

In order to apply for International Associate Membership, you will be asked to log in or create an account with AAOS. Your AAOS Membership runs on the calendar year, January 1 to December 31.

International Associate Membership dues for the 2021 membership year are due at the time of application. Your Membership is continuous and will be billed automatically each year in October for the upcoming membership year.

Do You Have Questions or Need Assistance?

Please contact our Customer and Member Services Team or call 1-847-823-7186.