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Early Career Engagement

Professional Development & Engagement for Members Under Age 45

Empowering the next generation of sports medicine surgeons, the AOSSM is dedicated to nurturing early career members, fostering their growth, and cultivating their engagement within the specialty.

Our objective is to provide comprehensive support, resources, and opportunities for early career members of AOSSM, enabling them to thrive in the dynamic field of sports medicine and actively contribute to the advancement of our Society. Through mentorship and networking, leadership development and engagement opportunities, we aim to equip early career members with the knowledge, skills and connections necessary to excel in their careers and make meaningful contributions to the mission and vision of AOSSM. Active engagement and development of our rising members is crucial to the long-term sustainability and relevance of our society.

Unlock Your Potential: Elevating the Next Generation of Sports Medicine Surgeons​

Support your growth and take an active and engaged role with AOSSM, while maximizing the ongoing benefit of our Society for athletes through initiatives guided by young leaders and professionals. ​

BOLD Program (Boosting Orthopaedic Leaders’ Development)​

Exclusively offered to AOSSM Early Career Members, BOLD is a leadership development program designed to empower, elevate and connect the next generation of sports medicine surgeons.​

In partnership with Great on the Job, BOLD assembles rising sports medicine surgeons for a two-year cohort experience who engage in executive leadership education, collaborate with peers on a group project and receive 1:1 executive coaching and mentoring to hone leadership skills in the industry. ​

BOLD prepares Early Career Members for specialty leadership and volunteerism within AOSSM while providing foundational and experiential opportunities to build confidence and self-assuredness. ​

Congratulations to our first cohort of BOLD Playmakers who will graduate in July 2025.

Applications for the next cohort will open in Winter 2025​

AOSSM thanks Enovis and Zimmer Biomet for its gracious support of BOLD and the next generation of sports medicine leaders​

Networking & Mentorship​

AOSSM is thrilled to offer early career members with the opportunity to receive focused mentoring, networking opportunities and knowledge exchange with leaders in the sports medicine field in support of personal and professional goals.

  • All residents and fellows are invited to attend the Residents & Fellows Forum offered at the AOSSM Annual Meeting​.
  • All early career members are welcome to attend the Thursday Night Lights Social during the AOSSM Annual Meeting​.
  • Join AOSSM’s Mentorship WhatsApp group, which aims to foster a vibrant community of mentorship, knowledge exchange and professional growth.
  • To advance the service mission of AOSSM, the Early Career Member Committee offers formal mentorship opportunities to those looking to connect with sports medicine leaders and gain valuable guidance in areas of practice development, clinical management, personal life balance and more.​
  • If you are interested in being matched with a mentor or have interest in serving as a mentor, submit your request here.


Nightcaps are virtual AOSSM events aimed at providing Early Career Members with information to help build their practice, guide their career and develop leadership skills. Nightcaps are limited in participants and are informal relaxed gatherings designed for the exchange of ideas. They provide an excellent opportunity to engage with leaders in the field.

Learn more about the next Nightcap

Sports Medicine Update

The Early Career Member Committee often contributes to Sports Medicine Update, AOSSM’s online publication on all the latest Society news, available resources, and developments within the orthopaedic sports medicine community. ​

Check out our recent contributions:​

Return to Play Decision-Making: Balancing Athlete Health and Competitive Goals

By Meghan E. Bishop, MD, Matthew S. Fury, MD

One of the most rewarding aspects of being a sports medicine surgeon is guiding an athlete through recovery from an injury and successfully returning them to the field. It's crucial to prioritize the athlete's best interest, communicate effectively, and consider the athlete's overall condition when making decisions about their return to play. Read More
    • Industry Insights
    • Early Career Engagement

BOLD Impact on Early Career Orthopaedic Surgeons

By Clark Bulleit, BS, Travis Dekker, MD, Brian Lau, MD

Early career orthopaedic surgeons face overwhelming challenges. AOSSM's BOLD Program, established in 2023, offers leadership skills and mentorship, nurturing future leaders. Read More
    • Early Career Engagement

Get Involved​

AOSSM has a number of ways for early career members to get engaged and involved in advancing the mission of the society while nurturing one’s own professional and person development. ​
  • Apply to serve on a committee. The application process opens in the winter. ​
  • Get engaged through the grassroots level by submitting a self-nomination to the Council of Delegates. Nominations are accepted in the spring. ​
  • Apply to the Traveling Fellowship Program for an opportunity to foster an exchange of knowledge and development of friendship with other surgeons on a global level.


The Sports Docs Podcast
Easy Reider Podcast
Great On The Job
Great on the Job: What to Say, How to Say It -- The Secrets of Getting Ahead
Dare to Lead
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