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.

Becoming an Emerging Leader of the AOA Provides:

  • Networking closely with accomplished AOA Members and peers nationwide
  • Interactive leadership development programs and events, including:
    • The Emerging Leaders Forum
    • AOA Annual Meeting
    • AOA Regional Meetings 
    • AOA | USC APEX Leadership Certificate Program
  • 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
  • A chance to sit on AOA Committees, including the Leadership Fellowships Committee
  • JBJS Subscription
  • Monthly e-newsletter, Emerging Leaders Messenger
  • Access the Emerging Leaders Member Center
  • New—Serve as an EL delegate position on the AOA Executive Committee

Eligibility Criteria

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

To remain an AOA Emerging Leader:

  • Complete Annual Dues Payment

  • Attend one AOA program every three years; or

  • Submit one abstract for poster presentation every three years

  • Update Career and Practice Location information



$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