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Apply Now for the Resident Scholarship Program

The AOAO is offering a scholarship program for 4th and 5th year AOAO resident members who take the Part I Written Exam through the American Osteopathic Board of Orthopedic Surgery (AOBOS). The AOAO will reimburse $500 to each resident who has registered and paid for this exam.

What You Need to Do:
If you have registered and paid for the 2024 Part I Written Exam offered by the AOBOS, submit the form below to the AOAO along with proof of payment. Please allow 5-7 business days for your reimbursement to be issued by check.


Haven’t Registered for the AOBOS Part I Written Exam?
Apply now through the AOBOS website. The deadline for early fees is March 1, 2024. The exam date is May 8, 2024.

Chief Resident Travel Scholarship Program

What’s Covered in the Travel Scholarship:

Free Registration by March 15, includes:

  • 2024 Annual Spring Meeting Lectures
  • Apr. 19-20 Orthopedic Board Review Course (1 1/2 Day Course)
  • Access to all session recordings

Travel reimbursement:

  • Coach airfare up to $350
  • $300 toward your hotel stay

Here’s How it Works:

  • Complete the funding program request form. Once your form is received you will be notified of acceptance by email within one week.
  • We will register you for the meeting.
  • You will book your own flight and make your own hotel reservations.
  • A reimbursement form will be provided to you at the end of the meeting to complete and submit with your flight and hotel receipts. The reimbursement form must be submitted within 30 days after the meeting. Reimbursement will be sent to you by check with 10 days after we receive your form along with proof of expenses.
  • Member log in required to access the form. Click here for log in assistance.



Membership in the Academy is free to any physician enrolled in an allopathic or osteopathic residency or fellowship training program in the United States or Canada.

Benefits include:

  • Networking with osteopathic surgeons by getting involved in AOAO committees
  • Join specialty sections of the AOAO for FREE
  • Reduced or free registration to attend AOAO national meetings
  • Subscription to the JB & JS Portfolio of Journals
  • Opportunity for Awards and Grants through the AOAO and the AOAO Foundation
  • Opportunities for scholarly activity through submissions to the Annual Fall Meeting and The Orthopod
  • Access to search for osteopathic orthopedic fellowship training sites among members enrolled in those programs
  • Spring Board Review Course
  • Chief Residents Funding Program – travel costs to attend the AOAO Annual Spring Meeting are reimbursed for chief resident members.
  • Career Workshops: loan repayment, coding/billing, contract negotiation, practice management
  • Opportunity to give back by getting involved with the Student AOAO through their annual educational meetings and webinars
  • Connect with students and other programs to enhance your research project through the Resident Research Dashboard
  • Access to the Basics of Scholarly Research Course – tips on developing your project from start to publication

Online Membership Application Form

What is RAOAO?

The RAOAO is a branch of the American Osteopathic Academy of Orthopedics (AOAO), made up of resident members of the AOAO.  The purpose of the RAOAO is to unify osteopathic residents of orthopedic surgery through enhanced communication between residents. In addition, residents may serve on AOAO committees and join specialty sections. The RAOAO serves as the collective “voice” of the residents to the AOAO Board of Directors.  The RAOAO provides information and mentorship to osteopathic medical students interested in orthopedic surgery.

What is AOAO?

Dr. Fred McAlpin answers questions about member benefits, osteopathic board certification and more!

Board Certification – Stay true to your roots!

The American Osteopathic Academy of Orthopedics encourages all residents who graduated from an osteopathic medical college to seek board certification through the American Osteopathic Board of Orthopedic Surgery (AOBOS).

Learn more.

Contact the AOBOS:
(312) 202-8208
[email protected]



Scientific Paper Award

Award Description and Purpose

Evaluating research requires that an opinion be formed regarding the overall credibility of a study. In addition, the ability to communicate new and essential medical information to the medical and lay community is a critical skill that all osteopathic orthopedic surgical residents should strive to acquire. Through this process, the resident should improve cognitive skills and learn to manage and communicate medical information. AOAO seeks to recognize residents for their commitment to outstanding research through their annual Scientific Paper Award.


The AOAO Editorial Subcommittee (of the Residents and Fellows Committee) consists of members from within the Academy who specialize in the surgical areas of Adult Reconstruction (total joints), Foot and Ankle, General, Hand, Pediatrics, Shoulder and Elbow, Spine, Sports and Trauma. Members of this committee are selected on an annual basis by the AOAO President.

Timeline and Review Process

Research projects submitted for award consideration during residency training through the AOAO Case Log System may be in the form of a literature review, case report, or scientific paper (refer to guidelines below for each). Projects submitted between July 16 through July 15 of the following year will be considered for the Scientific Paper Award for that year. The AOAO Editorial Subcommittee then reviews and scores submissions from all categories between November and March of the year following submission.  The AOAO Editorial Subcommittee Chair selects the projects receiving the top three scores in the categories of Adult Reconstruction (total joints), Foot and Ankle, General, Hand, Pediatrics, Shoulder and Elbow, Spine, Sports and Trauma. The Committee then recommends those top three in each category to the AOAO Board of Directors. The Board approves the winners at their spring meeting. The award recipients are notified of the decision.


Only research projects submitted by AOAO members through the AOAO Case Log System will be considered for the award. Only the lead author will qualify for the award and must maintain AOAO membership. Submitted projects must meet the guidelines outlined below. No project may be awarded more than once. Not an AOAO member? Join now.

Award Description

Scientific Paper Award winners are invited to present at specialty sessions at the Annual Meetings. Aware recipients who agree to present receive:

  • A monetary award (First place, $900; Second place, $600; Third place, $300)
  • Recognition in The Orthopod
  • Complimentary meeting registration at the meeting in which they present
  • Travel reimbursement: coach airfare (round-trip for one), one night’s room and tax in the host hotel, and a $75 per diem toward meals.

Submission Guidelines

Literature Review, Case Report, and Scientific Paper Standards for Submission

Links of Interest

Documents Needed During Residency Training