Section on Orthopaedics
Introduction & Membership

For a membership application
for the

Section on Orthopaedics
call Member Services at
800/433-9016, ext. 5897,
or see below.

Membership Criteria

The Section on Orthopaedics
Candidate Fellows

as members!

Members of the
Council on Sports
Medicine and Fitness

can JOIN the
Section on Orthopaedics!

Become a Member!

The mission of the Section on Orthopaedics (SOOr), founded in 1976, is to improve musculoskeletal health of children
through mentorship, education, research, advocacy, and service.

Membership in the Section is open to physicians boarded by the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery who
devote at least 50% of their practice to the care of infants, children, and adolescents; members of the Pediatric Orthopaedic
Society of North America (POSNA); members of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS) who are eligible
for membership and members of the Council on Sports Medicine and Fitness.

The Section on Orthopaedics holds its annual business meeting and educational program as part of the AAP's
National Conference & Exhibition (NCE). The Section also proposes educational topics for seminars and plenary
sessions that would be of interest to the general pediatrician such as the popular "Taping, Splinting, and Casting"
workshop. The SOOr’s two-day educational program highlights cutting edge research presentations from across the
country and offers a variety of networking opportunities. During the Section Program, three $1,000 Young Investigators
Awards, co-sponsored by the Pediatric Orthopaedic Society of North America, are awarded for the
best papers presented by a resident, fellow, or medical student.
For more information, click HERE.

The Distinguished Service Award (DSA), the Section’s highest honor, is also presented at the NCE. The DSA honors an
individual in the field of pediatric orthopaedics who has contributed to the Academy's mission of excellence in the areas of
patient care, research or training. For background, click HERE.

The Section also provides a host of grant options, committee opportunities, and policy development efforts.

For information on how to get involved with the Section on Orthopaedics or for further information about specific section activities, contact Niccole Alexander, MPP, Section Manager, via email at


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