AOSSM is proud to serve as the preeminent leader in the promotion and advancement of the next generation of sports medicine surgeons through its support of fellowship training and education.
As the society sponsor for orthopaedic sports medicine fellowship programs, AOSSM collaborates with fellowship programs and the ACGME to ensure fellows receive top-level training and education.
Through AOSSM, sports medicine fellows are afforded access to best-in-class education and programming and exposure to leaders in the field who are passionate about education, training and mentorship. Upon completion of an ACGME-accredited fellowship program, fellows are eligible to sit for the Subspecialty Certificate in Orthopaedic Sports Medicine issued by the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery.
AOSSM, in partnership with Arthroscopy Association of North America, sponsors the annual fellowship match that is administered through the SF Match Residency and Fellowship Matching Services (SF Match). To participate in the match, an application must be submitted via the Central Application Service (CAS). Interviews are typically conducted in the winter and early spring, with match day in April. Training begins on August 1 the following year.
AOSSM is committed to fostering a culture of lifelong learning and offers fellows many benefits and opportunities to support their career and embrace them as valuable members of our Society.
Thanks to a generous grant from Össur, fellows enjoy candidate member status which includes the following benefits:
- Discounted registration fee for the Annual Meeting
- Access to the AOSSM Emerging Leaders events, including monthly Nightcaps
- Reduced prices on select AOSSM products, including annual Self-Assessment exams and educational events
- Quarterly issues of Sports Medicine Update
- Opportunity to participate on AOSSM committees
- Countless opportunities for learning, sharing, and networking with renowned leaders
The Fellows Research Awards are given annually by the Fellowship Committee to the best research submitted by abstract for the AOSSM Annual Meeting from a sports medicine fellow. The awards are given in two categories, Clinical Science and Basic Science.
Each recipient receives $1,500 and an award plaque and is asked to present their paper at the AOSSM Annual Meeting.
Designed to mentor and engage the next generation of leaders in our Society, the AOSSM Emerging Leaders Program is a leadership development program for sports medicine orthopaedic surgeons under the age of 45. Involvement provides fellows and other participants with the skills and guidance to launch their careers while also giving opportunities to connect and work with accomplished peers across the globe.
A highlight of the Emerging Leaders Program is the Nightcap event, a series of virtual meetings aimed at providing members with information to build their leadership skills and a platform to exchange ideas in an informal, collegial setting.
The AOSSM Fellows Exam was developed to assist fellowship programs in identifying strengths and weaknesses in their fellows’ orthopaedic sports medicine clinical and practice management areas. Fellows participate in a pre-test at the beginning of their training year and then a post-test toward the end of the year. Fellows will receive their results and analysis to show how they compare to peers. This is a valuable tool for fellowship programs to use during training and for fellows to prepare for the subspecialty exam.
Registration for the pre-test will be available in September of each year; fellows will take the post-test the following June.
Prior to start of fellowship, the Fellows Course is a kick-off to the orthopaedic sports medicine training year. With a strong emphasis on sideline and training room management, this premier two-day course equips incoming fellows with an understanding of what they need to know, actions they should take and when to escalate quickly. Highlights include access to world-class faculty, engaging lectures and case presentations and surgical skills lab sessions.
Programs will be able to register Fellows for the course in May. The 2023 Fellows Course will take place on July 28-29 in Rosemont, IL at the OLC Education and Conference Center, which is located the AOSSM office building and only a few minutes from Chicago O’Hare Airport.