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AOAO Member FAQ and Resources

Frequently Asked Questions and Resources

Don’t see what you’re looking for below?  Contact Greg Leasure, Director of Membership, at [email protected].

AOAO Membership

The AOAO Board of Directors plans to continue with our mission and strategic plan, but recognize that that even as states are starting to re-open in phases, our members continue to face reduced surgery schedules and financial challenges as a result of the shut downs of this spring. We are here to work with you. While we will continue with our schedule for sending notices about dues renewal, we have a mechanism with which you may request leniency with regards to your AOAO member dues. Simply write to [email protected] and let us know how we can help you during this time. We will respond by email, or call, within 2 business days.

What are the benefits of AOAO Membership?

The benefits of AOAO membership are numerous and include:

  • Quality educational opportunities through our Annual Spring (Postgraduate) and Fall meetings, including discounts on registration
  • Networking and mentorship opportunities with other members
  • The Orthopod which is expanding with every issue and presents up-to-date news affecting your specialty
  • AOAO works with the AOBOS to provide CME (specialty credit) to ensure your osteopathic certification
  • Specialty Sections: Network with other surgeons within your sub-specialty when you become a section member. You also have an opportunity to serve as an officer of your specialty section and moderate and/or speak for a specialty educational session.
  • Free job postings and viewings on the AOAO website
  • Doctor locator feature to provide more of an online presence for your practice or hospital
  • Voting rights within the Academy
  • Opportunities to serve on a variety of AOAO Committees
  • Printed and online subscription to the JBJS portfolio of journals
  • Members only portal
    • Committee Updates
    • Legislative Updates
    • Member Directory
    • Member News Items
  • Fellowship Search: Search for past osteopathic orthopedic fellowship training sites or for AOAO members who have trained in a fellowship
  • An opportunity to be eligible to see the Award of Fellow of the Academy: earn points for this special member designation through speaking, moderating, or serving as a section officer or as a committee volunteer.
  • AOAO mobile app: Keep track of AOAO updates, access conference information and pay your dues.

What are the categories of AOAO membership?

Active Membership: Active members must be a DO or MD licensed to practice with an interest in the practice of orthopedics in the United States, a US Territory or Canada.

Associate Membership: The requirements for Associate Status Membership are:

  • Be a graduate of a College of Osteopathic Medicine accredited by the Commission on Osteopathic College Accreditation of the AOA, or
  • Be a graduate of an approved Allopathic Medical School, or a College recognized and approved by an accrediting agency recognized by the United States Office of Education, or
  • Be a graduate of a foreign medical school registered with the World Health Organization

Associate members shall have voice but no vote in the affairs of the Academy.  They may not become an officer or director, but may serve on committees, either as a member of chairman.  They may not serve on the Board of Directors.  An applicant who would otherwise be eligible for either Candidate or Active Membership may not become an Associate Member.

Candidate Membership: Members must be physicians enrolled in an osteopathic or allopathic residency or fellowship training program in the United States or Canada.  Candidate membership includes access to the AOAO Case Log System.

Allied Health Professional Membership:  Allied Health Professional Members must be a licensed Nurse Practitioner, Physician Assistant, Physical Therapist, or Occupational Therapist with an interest in orthopedic surgery.

Military Membership: Military Members must be an individual who is an active full time member in the US Armed Forces and is engaged in the practice of orthopedic surgery within any of the military medical institutions or facilities in the world.

A requirement of Military Membership is to attend one out of every three Annual Meetings held each fall or one out of every three Postgraduate Seminars held each spring. These meetings provide excellent opportunities to meet your peers, to obtain valuable Continuing Medical Education credits, and to keep up-to-date on the latest in current Osteopathic Orthopedic Surgery techniques

Student Membership: Student Members must be a member in good standing of the national Student American Osteopathic Academy of Orthopedics and enrolled in a College of Osteopathic Medicine accredited by the Commission on Osteopathic College Accreditation of the AOA.

When does my membership expire?

Depending on when you joined AOAO, your membership will expire in April or October of the next year.

How do I log on to the Members Section of the AOAO website?

Once a member, you can use your username and password here: will give you direct access to the AOAO members section.

How do I get involved with AOAO?

  • Join a committee.
  • Serve on the board.
  • Nominate someone for an award.
  • Write an article for the newsletter.
  • Apply for a Grant.
  • Submit an article or social media post.
  • Connect with colleagues on Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn.
  • Get involved with a Special Interest Group (SIG).
  • Industry Partnership: Exhibiting and/or Advertising.

CME and Recertification FAQs

Have questions regarding your CME or Recertification? Click here to learn more.

How do I contact the AOAO Office?

Phone: 804-565-6370
Email: [email protected]
Fax: 804-282-0090

American Osteopathic Academy of Orthopedics
2209 Dickens Road
Richmond, VA 23230-2005



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