Become a Member

Full Membership

Membership is available to physicians who have graduated from an AOA-accredited college of osteopathic medicine, have successfully completed a surgical residency training program either approved by the AOA or accredited by ACGME, are fully licensed to practice osteopathic medicine and surgery in the state in which he or she practices, and are AOA members.  Within 45 days receipt of the application, the Membership Committee will consider the applicant for immediate election to membership.  All newly elected members are required to participate in a membership induction ceremony (held at the Annual Clinical Assembly of Osteopathic Specialists) within three years following election to membership.

Member Application Form
(Adobe PDF File)

Resident Membership

Resident member applications are accepted from resident physicians who have commenced training in an AOA approved or ACGME accredited surgical training program, including the OGME 1 internship year.  Applicants must be a graduate of an AOA accredited college of osteopathic medicine; be a resident in an AOA approved or ACGME accredited internship or surgical residency training program; and be a member in good standing of the AOA.  Within 45 days receipt of the application, the Membership Committee will consider the applicant for immediate election to membership.

SOSA Members and Prospective Members

The ACOS/SOSA Student Community allows you to to apply for ACOS/SOSA student membership (national and local), register for Student Osteopathic Surgical Association (SOSA) conventions, participate in trending discussion topics through use of the discussion boards, collaborate with other students nationally and through local chapter groups, access information from the resource library and receive valuable life and career mentoring from surgical residents and/or surgeons in active practice by participating in the student “Mentor Match” program.

Those new to the community may use the following temporary log-in ID and passcode (case sensitive):

Upon entering the site for the first time, you will be prompted to create a new, unique ID and password once you have completed the registration process. We suggest using your e-mail address as your login ID. Try to choose a password that you will be able to remember.

Important Reminder

Membership in this student community does not grant membership into the national SOSA/ACOS organization. All students wanting to join the national SOSA/ACOS organization must complete the student membership form and submit a $20 dues payment by clicking Join SOSA/ACOS . Those who join this student community and who are not national SOSA/ACOS members will have 24 hours to join by completing the student membership application and submitting a national dues payment. After the 24 hour period, membership to this community will be de-activated.  Payment of national dues does not include any local chapter dues.  Please contact your local chapter leadership for details on local chapter dues.  If you are unable to contact your local chapter leadership, please email for more information.