The designation of Award of Fellow is bestowed upon members who have served the Academy, their hospital/practice, community and/or certifying board. Fellow members receive points for their experience in leadership positions within this Academy as well as other member organizations. They may also receive points for their published research as well as for their role in osteopathic orthopedic education. Active, Military, Life, Retired or Disabled members in good standing with the Academy may apply.
To apply for the Award of Fellow, members must:
- Complete an Award of Fellow application through the Academy’s website. Applications will only be received online by February 15th of the year the candidate is to be approved.
- Members who qualify must be sponsored by a Fellow member of the Academy. A sponsor may nominate a member for the Award of Fellow; however, he or she must contact the member and refer them to the online submission process. Fellows of the Academy may sponsor more than one applicant.
- A minimum of 100 points is required in order to be considered for Award of Fellow. Proceed to the application for details of how to earn points. Read the application carefully and thoroughly and provide documentation to support ALL points claimed.
The Fellow Award, Honors, and Memorials Committee reviews submitted applications each year and then makes a recommendation to the Board of Directors for who should receive the Award. Each spring, the AOAO Board of Directors reviews the committee’s recommendations and approves the candidates to receive the award for that year. Fellows are inducted during the Annual Awards Ceremony each year during the AOAO Annual Fall Meeting.
As any Fellow will tell you, this ceremony is a special event to be shared with family, friends and colleagues and recognition well deserved for the time and effort spent giving back to your Academy, hospital and community.
A new sample application has been added to the AOAO website for your review and consideration. All applications must be submitted online, but this may assist with determining if you have enough points to start the process.
See a sample application here.