To become an Emerging Leader, click Apply Now to complete the online application.

Why Join?

The Emerging Leaders Program delivers essential skills for leadership development.

AOA Emerging Leaders gain a solid foundation for success as they:

  • Network with established AOA members and orthopaedic giants
  • Connect and work with accomplished peers across the US and Canada
  • Obtain CME credits through interactive leadership development programs and events; including the newly redesigned Scott D. Boden Emerging Leaders Forum
  • Receive a complimentary Subscription to the Journal of Bone & Joint Surgery (JBJS), the essential peer-reviewed scientific orthopaedic journal for orthopaedic surgeons worldwide
  • Access insight into critical issues with an invitation to attend the AOA’s Annual Meeting to participate in Symposiums and other events

Other benefits include:

  • Eligibility to submit a scientific abstract to be presented at the AOA’s Annual Meeting–a fantastic opportunity to demonstrate orthopaedic thought leadership
  • Opportunity to sit on the AOA’s Leadership/Fellowship Committee in an ex-officio capacity
  • A chance to serve on the JBJS Associate Editorial Board as an AOA Emerging Leader

Application Instructions

To apply, complete a brief online application.

Apply Now.

Application Materials Needed for Upload
  1. Letter of Recommendation from an AOA Member
  2. Headshot (tif or jpg file)
  3. CV
About Letters of Recommendation

Letters of Recommendation are waived for applicants who are a:

Application Timeline

Applications are accepted and processed year-round.


Any orthopaedic leader may become an AOA Emerging Leader between their PGY5 and 10th year in clinical practice.

Automatically Eligible
  • Resident Leadership Forum nominee
  • AAOS/OREF/ORS Clinician Scientist Development Program past nominee or participant
  • AOA Traveling Fellow
  • AOA | USC APEX Leadership Certificate Program Cohort Member or Alumni
  • Own The Bone Program Champion

Dues Information

  • $250 per year for Emerging Leaders in clinical practice.
  • $125 per year for fellows and those on active military duty.
  • $0 per year for residents.