Become an AAOS International Associate Member

Enhance your surgical technique knowledge to continue to expand exceptional patient care. AAOS Membership provides you with a vast array of resources across practice specialties, available and accessible online in multiple formats to meet your learning needs and maintain skill growth.  

More Peer-Reviewed Clinical Research
More Surgical Skills Training
More Specialty Orthopaedic Videos and Online Learning
More Orthopaedic Surgical Knowledge Than Ever

International Membership applications are closed. Applications will open on November 1, 2022.

Our International Associate Members value the Academy's educational resources, like the JAAOS journals, Annual Meeting, OVT, and more.

Eligibility Requirements for International Associate Membership

Pre-screen requirements: In order to comply with its legal obligations, AAOS will check the names of interested applicants against the United States Treasury Office of Foreign Assets Control (“OFAC”) Sanctions List. Individuals listed on the OFAC Sanctions List are not eligible for membership. Additionally, individuals from countries against which OFAC has issued comprehensive sanctions (including Cuba, Iran, North Korea, Syria, and the Crimea Region of Ukraine) are not eligible for membership. The completion of this form is required in order to be considered for AAOS Membership.

Once approved, you must meet the following eligibility criteria to complete your online application:

  • Practice orthopaedic surgery outside of the United States and Canada
  • Be a member in good standing in one of the national orthopaedic organizations of the country in which you practice or, where no national orthopaedic organizations exists, can provide proof of orthopaedic licensure, as substantiated by the hospital or healthcare institution in which you practice
  • Devote your medical practice to orthopaedic surgery or be actively engaged in the teaching of orthopaedic surgery or research related to the musculoskeletal system
  • Maintain a full, unrestricted, and unlimited license to practice medicine (or its equivalent) in the country in which you practice
  • Comply with the Articles of Incorporation, Bylaws, Rules and Regulations, and policy statements as adopted by the AAOS Fellowship and Board of Directors

Application Quick Facts


Recruitment Period
November 1, 2021 through August 31, 2022



Membership Dues
2022 Dues for International Associate Membership is $530



Notification Date
Applications are reviewed weekly during the application period.

What You Need To Know When Applying for International Associate Membership

​Before you apply for International Associate Membership, you need to be pre-screened and approved. In order to apply for International Associate Membership, you will be asked to log in or create an account with AAOS. Your AAOS Membership runs on the calendar year, January 1 to December 31.

International Associate Membership dues for the 2022 membership year are due at the time of application. Your Membership is continuous and will be billed automatically each year in October for the upcoming membership year.

Realize Your Potential With International Associate Membership


Keep Current With JAAOS 

Hear from worldwide experts and stay up-to-date with high quality original research, clinical trials, case reports, and review articles with JAAOS, JAAOS Global, JAAOS Research, JAAOS CME, plus listen to yellow journal authors while on-the-go with the JAAOS Unplugged podcast. 


Learn & Network

Gain international exposure and learn new skills at the AAOS Annual Meeting. View papers and posters and hear from experts from around the world at Instructional Course Lectures, TechTalks, Symposia, and more. Also available OnDemand and via our Virtual Experience.

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Advance Your Surgical Skills

Advance your surgical specialty skills at your own pace with Orthopaedic Video Theater (OVT) by watching and saving quality videos. Gain international recognition with the newest feature, OVT Now, by submitting your own orthopaedic technique videos and lectures.

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Stay Informed With CORR 

Access the latest peer-reviewed clinical and basic research, plus informed opinions via commentaries and author reviews that shape today’s orthopaedic practice -- across all aspects of musculoskeletal treatment with Clinical Orthopaedics and Related Research (CORR). 

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Improve Patient Safety

Improve clinical decision-making, patient discussions, and patient safety with resources like the Pain Alleviation Toolkit, Surgical Risk Reduction Toolkit, Clinician Checklists and more. Enhance your patient education with quality articles, videos, and handouts on

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Learn the Latest Techniques

Find step-by-step details on new and established surgical techniques with your free access to the Techniques Journals. Access our online learning platform for play-by-play, self-directed programs that provide real-world applications from actual patient cases and complications.

What Is Your International Associate Membership Worth?

International Associate Membership offers incredible value. Membership will provide you with a range of exclusive products, programs, services, and discounts that will help improve patient care and support the success of your practice.

Do You Have Questions or Need Assistance?

Please contact our Customer and Member Services Team or call 1-847-823-7186.