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Pride in Membership

The AOFAS is a strong community of more than 2,200 orthopaedic foot and ankle surgeons in the US, Canada, and around the world. Its members are dedicated to advancing orthopaedic treatment for foot and ankle conditions and to providing quality, ethical care to patients.
 
The AOFAS values its members and looks forward to your participation as either a new or elevating member. The Society does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, sex, sexual orientation, religion, or national origin, or on any basis that would constitute illegal discrimination.
 
Before you submit an application, please review the Benefits of Membership to discover the membership level that fits your needs and career goals.
 

Application Forms

Download the appropriate membership form (PDF format) below. Membership categories, criteria, and dues are listed at the bottom of this page.​
Completed applications – including all required elements – for new and elevating members are presented for review on a monthly basis to the Membership Committee. Its recommendation is then provided to the Board of Directors who will vote to accept your application.
 

Terms of Membership

Membership is considered “current” when annual dues are paid. Non-payment of dues by March 1 will result in suspension of all member privileges pending full payment. Members who have not paid dues by May 1 will be dropped from membership. Reinstatement will require a new application and fee payment. Resident and Fellow Members are required to apply to elevate to Candidate Member (or Active or International Member as appropriate) by January 1 of the year immediately following completion of training. Failure to do so will result in suspension of member benefits.
 
For Active, Candidate, and International Members: Through the "Find a Member/Surgeon" feature at www.aofas.org and www.FootCareMD.org, members of the public seeking an orthopaedic foot and ankle doctor will be provided with your practice/facility name, work address, telephone number, and website (if provided in your Member Profile). You may opt out of this membership benefit upon request.
 

Member Directory

All AOFAS members who are current in payment of annual dues will have online access to all other current members' information upon log in to the AOFAS website. Contact information will include work addresses and telephone numbers, website addresses, email addresses, and home and cellular telephone numbers, if approved for release by each member. Email addresses and home information are never shared with the public or any other third parties.
 

Member List Rental Disclosure

The AOFAS occasionally rents its member work postal mail address listing to providers of medical products and services that may be of interest to members. Each request is considered individually for appropriateness. List rental provides income for Society operations. Email addresses are never provided.
  

Membership Categories and Fees  

(Fees for 2017)
 
Active Member – Annual Dues: $625
Active Members shall be medical doctors (MD) or doctors of osteopathy (DO) who have demonstrated their knowledge and training in orthopaedic surgery by obtaining certification by the American Board of Orthopedic Surgery (ABOS) or the American Osteopathic Board of Orthopedic Surgery (AOBOS) or the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada (RCPSC); shall be Active Fellows of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS) or the American Osteopathic Academy of Orthopedics (AOAO) or the Canadian Orthopaedic Association (COA); shall have an interest in the advancement of orthopaedic knowledge of treatment and conditions of the foot and ankle; and shall be practicing orthopaedic surgery.
 
Active Member/Military – Annual Dues: $350
Active Members may submit documentation showing they are on active military duty. During their term(s) of service, all Active Member privileges remain and the dues rate will be reduced beginning the year after application is made. Following service, Active Members will be reinstated to their previous membership category and will return to paying full Member dues.
 
Candidate Member – Annual Dues: $575
Candidate Members shall be medical doctors (MD) or doctors of osteopathy (DO) and graduates of orthopaedic residency programs who are board-eligible and intend to pursue certification by the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery or the American Osteopathic Board of Orthopedic Surgery or the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons or Canada. Candidate Members shall be members of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons or the American Osteopathic Academy of Orthopedics or the Canadian Orthopaedic Association; shall have an interest in the advancement of orthopaedic knowledge of treatment and conditions of the foot and ankle; and shall be practicing orthopaedic surgery. The Candidate Membership category shall be limited to five years following completion of training, including postgraduate fellowships.
 
Upon obtaining board certification and election to Active Fellowship in the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons or Active Membership in the American Osteopathic Academy of Orthopedics or the Canadian Orthopaedic Association, Candidate Members shall notify the Society and request elevation to Active Membership.
 
Candidate Member/Military – Annual Dues: $350
Candidate Members may submit documentation showing they are on active military duty. During their term(s) of service, all Candidate Member privileges remain and the dues rate will be reduced beginning the year after application is made. Following service, Candidate Members/Military will be reinstated to the Candidate Member status and will return to paying the Candidate Member dues.
 
International Member – Annual Dues: $450 (US funds)
International Members shall be fully trained, board-certified orthopaedic surgeons, where applicable, practicing outside the U.S. and Canada, who desire membership and educational opportunities within the AOFAS. International Members shall be members in good standing of the Orthopaedic Society in their own country and shall have an interest in the advancement of orthopaedic knowledge of treatment and conditions of the foot and ankle. International Members are eligible to serve on committees, but may not vote, hold office or serve on the Board of Directors.
 
Fellow Member – Annual Dues: $195
Fellow Members shall be medical doctors (MD) or doctors of osteopathy (DO), or orthopaedic surgeons if outside of the U.S. and Canada, who are board-eligible and intend to pursue certification by the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery (ABOS) or the American Osteopathic Board of Orthopedic Surgery (AOBOS) or the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada (RCPSC) or the orthopaedic board in their country if outside the U.S. and Canada, where applicable; are currently enrolled in a foot and ankle fellowship program; are members of the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons (AAOS) or the American Osteopathic Academy of Orthopedics (AOAO) or the Canadian Orthopaedic Association (COA) if in training in the U.S. or Canada; and have an interest in the advancement of orthopaedic knowledge of treatment and conditions of the foot and ankle. Fellow Members may serve as ex-officio members on select committees of the Society, but shall not vote or hold office. Fellowship Membership does not extend beyond the year of completion of fellowship training. If additional years of fellowship training are taken, verification must be provided by each fellowship program director.
 
Resident Member – Annual Dues: $195
Resident Members shall be medical doctors (MD) or doctors of osteopathy (DO), or orthopaedic surgeons outside the U.S. and Canada, who are currently enrolled in an orthopaedic surgery training program; are members of the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons(AAOS) or the American Osteopathic Academy of Orthopedics (AOAO) or the Canadian Orthopaedic Association (COA) if in training in the U.S. or Canada; and have an interest in the advancement of orthopaedic knowledge of treatment and conditions of the foot and ankle. Resident Members may serve as ex-officio members on select committees of the Society but shall not vote or hold office.
 
Associate Member – Basic Sciences Annual Dues: $350
Associate Members – Basic Sciences shall be individuals holding a PhD or its equivalent who are engaged in academic research or basic sciences related to orthopaedic surgery and who have demonstrated achievement in research and education for foot and ankle orthopaedic surgery. After elevation to Associate Member – Basic Sciences, and after payment of dues, Associate Members – Basic Sciences shall have all of the rights and privileges of the Society, shall be eligible to serve on committees of the Society, but shall not be eligible to vote or hold an elected office.
 
Emeritus Member – No Annual Dues
The Board of Directors may confer Emeritus Membership upon Active Members who have fully retired from the practice of medicine and who so request this change in membership status. Under special circumstances and at its discretion, the Board of Directors may confer Emeritus Membership upon Active Members who no longer perform surgery for remuneration but who have not fully retired from active practice. Eligibility for Emeritus Membership shall lapse upon the Emeritus Member’s return to the active practice of medicine or upon change in the circumstances qualifying the member for Emeritus status. The Emeritus Member shall have the affirmative obligation to notify the Secretary of the Society of any such change in status. Upon such notice, the Board of Directors may, in its discretion, reconvert the Emeritus Member to Active Membership . Requests for Emeritus Membership shall be submitted in writing to the Secretary of the Society. Following confirmation of eligibility by the Membership Committee, action by the Board of Directors on requests for Emeritus Membership shall take place. Emeritus Members shall not pay dues, hold office, vote or serve on committees of the Society. Applicants for Emeritus Membership shall continue to pay dues for Active Membership privileges until their application for change in status is approved by the Board of Directors.
 
Honorary Member – No Annual Dues
Honorary Members shall be physicians, educators and researchers who have made special contributions in the field of foot and ankle care, and are ineligible for Active Membership. The Board of Directors shall consider proposals for Honorary Membership, and if approved, the individual shall be recommended to the membership for invitation for Honorary Membership. Honorary members shall be ineligible to vote or hold office, and shall not pay dues.
 
Questions? Contact the Membership Staff (Krista Stewart and Christine Johnson) at membership@aofas.org or 800-235-4855 or +1-847-698-4654 (outside US).​​​​​​
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