Become an Emerging Leader: Complete our online application.

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Why Join?

The Emerging Leaders Program delivers essential skills for leadership development.

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

  • Network with established AOA members and orthopaedic giants
  • Connect and work with accomplished peers across the US and Canada
  • Complete exclusive leadership courses, including the Emerging Leaders Forum
  • Serve in leadership positions within the AOA

Application Instructions

To apply, complete a brief online application.

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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 leaders may become an AOA Emerging Leaders between their PGY5 and 13th 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

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.