AOA Membership Categories/Dues
A candidate for Active Membership shall have been engaged in the practice of Orthopaedics for at least five years at the time of approval (mid-June) into membership. He or she shall have demonstrated leadership in the Orthopaedic community, evidenced significant contributions to the field of orthopaedics, and been certified by the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery, a Fellow of the Royal College of Surgeons of Canada in Orthopaedic Surgery, certified by the American Osteopathic Board of Orthopaedic Surgery or the American Ostoeopathic Board of Surgery.
Affiliate Membership may be granted to distinguished individuals who have contributed to the advancement of musculoskeletal patient care, through leadership, research, or education.
Associate Membership may be granted to highly capable individuals with an advanced degree who have an academic appointment in an orthopaedic department, and are not involved in clinical practice.
Corresponding Membership may be awarded to distinguished Orthopaedists in countries other than the United States or Canada.
The Executive Committee may grant Emeritus Membership at the request of any member who 1) has been a member for no less than five (5) years and who is no longer active in the practice of Orthopaedics; or 2) has attained age 72.
A. Presidents of Other Orthopaedic Associations. The Presidents of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, British Orthopaedic Association, Canadian Orthopaedic Association, Australian Orthopaedic Association, South African Orthopaedic Association, and the New Zealand Orthopaedic Association shall be Honorary Members of the American Orthopaedic Association during their respective terms in office. On a case by case and term by term basis, the Executive Committee, in its sole discretion, may grant Honorary Membership to the Presidents of other Orthopaedic Associations during the time they serve as President of their organization.
B. Distinguished Contributors. Honorary Membership may be granted to those persons who have made distinguished contributions to Orthopaedics in general or to the Association specifically, but who do not otherwise meet the qualification requirements for Active Membership.
Grandfathered membership type from AOS merger.
The Executive Committee may grant Senior Membership at the request of any member who has been a member for no less than five (5) years and who has attained age 68.
*Please note: JBJS subscription is included with membership dues. In recognition of the service to our country, the AOA's active military members receive 50% discounted dues (must notify the AOA yearly to receive discount).
Newly elected members are required to pay half yearly dues and an initiation fee.
AOA membership dues do not include any lobbying fees.