Start your career out right with quick access to curated specialty content, live and on-demand trainings and research resources, and everything in between. AAOS Candidate Membership prepares you to pass Part II of the Board exam, enhance your surgical skills, and manage your practice.
Candidate Membership is open to graduates of U.S. and Canadian allopathic or osteopathic orthopaedic residency programs who have entered practice.
Associate Orthopaedic Candidate Membership is open to internationally trained orthopaedic surgeons who are licensed and practicing in the U.S. or Canada.
Candidate Membership is held for a five-year maximum following residency, including post-graduate fellowship(s).
Eligibility for Candidate Membership
To be eligible for AAOS Candidate Membership, you must meet the following requirements:
U.S.- and Canada-Trained Surgeons
- Available to graduates immediately upon completion of approved U.S./Canadian orthopaedic residency programs who intend to pursue certification by the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery (ABOS) or American Osteopathic Board of Orthopaedic Surgery (AOBOS)
- Compliance with the AAOS Standards of Professionalism
Application Quick Facts
Recruitment Period for AAOS Resident and
Residents in Fellowship Members
April 2022 to September 2022
Recruitment Period for Non-Member Candidates
Year-round for non-members who are eligible
2022 Dues for Candidate Membership is $487
What You Need To Know When Applying for Candidate Membership
Realize Your Potential With Candidate Membership
Get Ahead of Your Peers
Save time studying for the Board Part II with educational resources across all specialties and areas of interest. Find new activities, webinars, self-assessments, Practice Prep Plans, and more.
Access Long-Distance Learning
Fit your busy schedule with Courses and Webinars OnDemand, quality recordings of our highly rated educational programs. Webinars OnDemand are searchable by specialty and are free to you as a member.
Stay Current With JAAOS
Keep up-to-date with the latest peer-reviewed and clinical research, as well as commentaries and author reviews on all things orthopaedic with JAAOS, JAAOS Global, JAAOS Research, CORR, and more.
Track Your CME
Take the work out of CME tracking and quickly access your MOC progress via the AAOS Learning Portfolio or MyDashboard. Free daily transcript transfer to ABOS is a benefit of your membership.
Find Practice Management Tools
Run your practice effectively with free resources from the Practice Management Channel on Orthopaedic Video Theater, plus tools for coding and reimbursement, telemedicine, and more.
Learn & Network
Gain visibility in the field, network with physicians worldwide, view posters and papers, find career opportunities, and hear from top faculty at the AAOS Annual Meeting, now with our Virtual Experience.
What Is Your Candidate Membership Worth?
Candidate Membership offers incredible value. Membership will provide you with a range of exclusive products, programs, services, and discounts that will improve your patient care and support the success of your practice.
Membership Dues for the AAOS Candidate Class of 2022
Your AAOS Membership runs the calendar year, January 1 to December 31. Your membership dues of $487 will be due January 1, 2022. Membership dues are automatically billed every October for the upcoming membership cycle. Candidate Membership is held for a five-year maximum following residency, including post-graduate fellowship(s).