Candidate Membership

Candidate members are: physicians who are enrolled in or have completed an ACGME approved orthopaedic sports medicine fellowship in the U.S. or Canada.

 Please note that Candidate membership is only for current Sports Medicine Fellows or for Fellows 1 year out of Fellowship.  Fellowship goes from August thru July so we recommend that you apply as soon as you can in August to get the full benefits of Candidate membership. The deadline to apply for Candidate membership is March 31st.
These applicants must meet the following conditions:
  • Applications must be submitted within the year of the fellowship or within one year of completion of an ACGME approved Orthopaedic sports medicine fellowship program.
  • Demonstrate a significant contribution and commitment to sports medicine as required of active members and as otherwise established by the Board of Directors and Membership Committee. The maximum period of Candidate Membership is five (5) years, after a time period of two years the Candidate member can upgrade their membership to Active/Associate status and not have to pay a fee.
  • Must attend at least one AOSSM sponsored meeting within a four year period once accepted as a Candidate member.
    Candidate members are not eligible to vote, hold office or serve on the Board of Directors. They may act in an advisory capacity and unless specified otherwise, serve on committees with vote.

    If you meet the requirements for Candidate membership, submit the application and required materials (listed below) online. *Please note that Candidate Members are eligible for ONE year free of Society dues during the fellowship year.
  • Candidate Membership Application
  • Director Reference Forms - You MUST complete and upload (completed by your Fellowship Director and Residency Director) these forms before submitting an application.
    Your application is not complete until the Society office has received your completed application and Director Forms from both your Residency and Fellowship Directors. Candidate member applicants are responsible for contacting Residency and Fellowship Directors for these forms. 
    If you have additional questions regarding membership, please contact the AOSSM Membership Department.

    AOSSM gratefully acknowledges   for their grant to underwrite the Candidate Member Starter Package for all fellows who are currently enrolled or who have completed an ACGME-accredited orthopaedic sports medicine fellowship within the past year. This grant underwrites the membership application fee, first year Society dues of $150 and cost of a one-year subscription to AJSM for all sports medicine fellows who apply for Candidate membership, in addition to providing immediate membership benefits.