AOA Membership Criteria


The AOA's Membership Committee is responsible for reviewing nominations for AOA membership. Consideration for membership is thorough and focuses on a candidate's experience in the following domains:

I. Professional Positions Held/Professional Employment
II. Scholarships and Research
III. Leadership in Orthopaedics
IV. AOA Leadership Activities and Program Participation
V. Significant Leadership in Non-Orthopaedic Organizations

A candidate should show accomplishment/experience in each of the domains. In order for a candidate's application to be reviewed, the AOA's Candidate Profile must be complete.

In addition, candidates must be certified by the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery, Fellow of the Royal College of Surgeons of Canada in Orthopaedic Medicine, certified by the American Osteopathic Board of Orthopaedic Surgery or American Osteopathic Board of Surgery; and in practice no less than five years at the time membership is approved in mid-June.

I. Professional Positions Held / Professional Employment


When providing this information, please indicate position title and length of time (include dates) in that position. Military service should be included here, as well as any special training. Special training includes: residencies and fellowships (Candidate should have noted the institutions and dates.)

II. Scholarships and Research

A. Research support

(give titles, sources, amounts, investigators [specifically state whether you are a named principal investigator or a named co-investigator] and dates.)

1. Institutional
2. Industrial
3. Federal grant as PI or Co-PI (NIH, CDC, VA, etc.)
4. National peer reviewed grants

B. Publications, Presentations and Exhibits in the last five years.

1. Refereed Articles
2. Book chapters
3. Book editor
4. Journal editor
5. Associate editor
6. Non-refereed articles
7. National presentations and exhibits

C. Scholarly or Other Academic Honors

(include only those honors received after medical school; do not include "best doctor" awards) - Examples include:

1. National or International awards or honors
2. Other non-AOA traveling fellowship
3. Institutional award
4. Presenter of Best Paper at regional or national meeting

III. Leadership in Orthopaedics

A. Significant leadership positions held in orthopaedic related entities.

1. Officer (i.e., president, vice president, secretary, treasurer)
2. Board Member
3. Committee Chair/Program Lead
4. Committee Member

B. Group Orthopaedic Leadership

1. CEO
2. Officer
3. Senior Management or Leadership Position


IV. AOA Leadership Activities and Program Participation

A. Traveling Fellowship-selection and participation
B. AOA Annual Meeting Attendee
C. Leadership Education module participant (at Kellogg series and/or Leadership Immersion Series)
D. Resident Leadership Forum Attendee
E. Emerging Leaders Program Member
F. Emerging Leaders Forum Attendee
G. Ex-officio for Young Leaders Committee
H. Active participant in institution's CORD membership or conferences I. Program champion/key contributor in institutions's implementation of Own the Bone program

V. Significant Leadership in Non-Orthopaedic Organizations

A. Non-Orthopaedic Medical/Institutional Leadership Experience

1. Officer (hospital or medical organization)
2. Board Member
3. Committee Chair
4. Committee Member
5. President of a county medical society
6. Chief of Staff of a community hospital
7. Chairman of a citywide medical study group
8. Organizer or founder of a formal medical program of regional interest
9. Chairman of a state council or commission or governor's council with medical-health purpose. 

B. Non-Medical Leadership Experience

1. Officer (president, vice president, secretary, treasurer)
2. Board Member
3. Committee Chair
4. Committee Member
5. Officer in a local or regional organization
6. Member of a campaign committee or finance committee for candidate for public office
7. Held public office