Each year, the AOA Membership Committee and AOA membership body thoroughly considers a pool of candidates for induction into the AOA.

Membership Criteria

  • Demonstrated accomplishments and experience within five crucial domains
    • Professional positions held/professional employment
    • Scholarships and research
    • Leadership in orthopaedics
    • Significant leadership within non-orthopaedic organizations
    • AOA leadership activities and program participation
  • Certification by the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery, American Osteopathic Board of Orthopaedic Surgery or American Osteopathic Board of Surgery, or be a Fellow of the Royal College of Surgeons of Canada in Orthopaedic Medicine.
  • Be in practice no less than four years as of December 31 in the year of election into membership (by December 31, 2024 for Class of 2024).

Considered Domains

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.)

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. Peer Reviewed Publications, Book Chapters, and Other (e.g. presentations and exhibits)

  1. Refereed Articles
  2. Book chapters
  3. Book editor
  4. Journal editor
  5. Associate editor
  6. National presentations and exhibits
  7. 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
  5. Teaching award

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

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