Program Overview & Benefits

The AOA's Emerging Leaders Program delivers a continuum of learning for developing orthopaedic leaders in their 5th year of residency up through their 13th year of clinical practice. Those who join are among a highly select group of orthopaedists poised to impact the specialty now and in the future. Emerging Leaders garner essential skills build a strong foundation for leadership development and success. Identification for participation in the ELP is a mark of prestige. Apply Now.

The Emerging Leaders Program provides:

  • Opportunities for networking with accomplished AOA members and nationwide peers
  • Interactive leadership development programs and events, including:
    • The Emerging Leaders Forum (CME available) held prior to the AOA Annual Meeting
    • Webinars designed specifically for Emerging Leaders, conducted by AOA members
  • Access to AOA functions such as the AOA's Annual Meeting
  • Eligibility to submit a scientific abstract to be presented at the AOA's Annual Meeting - a great opportunity to demonstrate orthopaedic thought leadership
  • Recognition for career accomplishments with peers and AOA members (ELs on the Move)
  • A chance to sit on the AOA's Young Leaders Committee in an ex-officio capacity
  • Free subscription to monthly e-newsletter, Emerging Leaders Messenger
  • Access the Emerging Leaders Member Center:
    • Emerging Leaders Membership Directory 
    • A resource library

Eligibility Criteria

Orthopaedic leaders may only join the Emerging Leaders Program (ELP) between their PGY5 and 13th year in clinical practice. 

To remain in the Program, Emerging Leaders must:

  • Attend one AOA program every three years

  • Submit one abstract for poster presentation every three years

  • Pay dues (if in Clinical Practice or Fellowship)



$250 per year for Emerging Leaders in clinical practice.
$125 per year for fellows and those on active military duty.

Note: Residents dues are $0. However, Residents will only receive a JBJS Subscription as listed below if resident of a CORD Member Institution. **Member Institution must enroll resident to receive JBJS Benefit.**

Dues include a subscription to the Journal of Bone & Joint Surgery and other online JBJS publications:

  • 24 print issues of JBJS
  • Portable access to JBJS, JBJS Reviews, JBJS Essential Surgical Techniques, and JBJS Case Connector
  • Individual mobile app access to the JBJS package of publication
  • Enhanced CME opportunities through JBJS’s expanded CME delivery platform
  • Dues also cover a portion of the administrative and program costs.

For more information

Contact the AOA at (847) 318-7481 or