Fellow Of The

American Academy Of Orthopaedic Surgeons

What is FAAOS?

FAAOS stands for “Fellow of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons”.

Who can use this designation?

This designation can only be used by Academy members who are qualified. This includes surgeons who have been certified by the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery (ABOS) or Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada (RCPSC).

Active Fellow Member Requirements:

  • Certification by the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery (ABOS), American Osteopathic Board of Orthopaedic Surgery (AOBOS) or Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada
  • In the exclusive practice of orthopaedic surgery in the U.S. for at least 36 months
  • Maintenance of a full, unrestricted, and unlimited license to practice medicine
  • Compliance with the AAOS Standards of Professionalism
  • Complete Active Fellow Member Application
  • Membership Committee and AAOS Board of Director Approval of Application.

Why does the FAAOS designation matter?

The FAAOS designation distinguishes orthopaedic surgeons from other healthcare specialists as the leaders of the musculoskeletal health team with the level of skills, training, experience, and professionalism consistent with the high standards established by the AAOS. The FAAOS designation represents a commitment to quality, professional development, and continuous education. This sets orthopaedic surgeons apart from other providers of the bone and joint health team.

Why is the FAAOS designation important?

  • The designation will differentiate Active Fellows from non-orthopaedic surgeons and colleagues who aren’t qualified to use the designation.
  • Brings recognition to the profession as a whole
  • Signifies standing in the Academy

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