Active membership shall be open to orthopedic surgeons who meet all of the following criteria. The applicant must:
Be a physician with full and unrestricted license to practice in one of the states within the geographic limits of the Association (refer to home page for a list of the states);
be certified by the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery, American Osteopathic Board of Orthopedic Surgery, or the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada;
be actively and exclusively engaged in practice, teaching, or research in orthopedic surgery;
demonstrate continued adherence to the Principles of Medical Ethics as published by the American Medical Association;
maintain high professional, moral, and ethical conduct;
comply with the dues (currently set at $200/year), fees, and assessment requirements established from time to time by the Association;
have commenced practice in a specific locality within the geographic limits of the Association.
Candidate Membership Qualifications
Candidate membership is open to individuals in their orthopedic residency training program, orthopedic post-graduate fellowship, or to those who have completed their training, but have not yet become certified by the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery or American Osteopathic Board of Orthopedic Surgery. A candidate member may maintain this membership for four years after the individuals training is completed or until the individual becomes certified by the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery or American Osteopathic Board of Orthopedic Surgery, whichever comes first. At that time, the individual may submit an application for active membership, but must meet all current criteria to be accepted.
Candidate members who are residents or fellows in training are not required to pay dues, and are ineligible to vote or hold office, but may be appointed to committees. Fees for attendance at annual meetings will be limited to those charged residents.
Candidate members who have completed their training will be expected to pay regular dues. All are ineligible to vote, hold office, or sponsor candidates for membership, but may be appointed to committees. Fees for attendance at annual meetings will be limited to those charged members.
Affiliate Membership Qualifications
Affiliate membership shall be open to individuals whose occupations are in fields associated with, or related to, orthopedic surgery or the objectives, goals, or purposes of this Corporation.
Affiliate membership may be conferred upon an individual by a three-fourths (3/4) vote of the Board of Directors.
Affiliate members may attend and participate in meetings and are required to pay such application fee, membership dues, registration fees, and assessments as are prescribed from time to time by the Board of Directors.
Affiliate members may not hold office or vote, but may serve on committees.