Application Process

The 2024 Membership Application Cycle has closed.

The 2025 membership application cycle will open in mid-November 2024.

Steps for the application process

  • Complete the Membership Application.
  • Reach out to potential sponsors and ask them to complete the sponsorship form on your behalf.
  • You will receive a confirmation email from ASES staff once we have received all of your materials, including sponsor forms. If you do not recieve this email please follow up with ASES staff to confirm that your application was recieved.
  • The Membership Committee begins the review process once the application period closes.
  • Applicants will be notified of the results by late June/early July.

If you have any questions, please reach out to ASES staff at

Sponsor Forms

The ASES Office sends out a link to the sponsorship form at the start of the sponsorship period. You can also find the sponsorship form via the members-only section of the website (please note that only Active, Affiliate, and Corresponding members can see the link). If you can not locate this email please contact us.

Late sponsorship forms or applications will not be accepted.


Membership in ASES is a privilege and an honor. Only highly experienced orthopaedic surgeons and researchers are considered for membership. Prospective members must meet strict academic and clinical requirements to become members of ASES.

ASES Membership Benefits

  • Discounted registration to the ASES Specialty Day and ASES-sponsored meetings
  • ASES October Annual Meeting Access (Members-only Meeting)
  • Free member listing on “Find a Surgeon” feature available to the public (Excluding Fellow Members)
  • Membership directory and peer-to-peer networking opportunities
  • Opportunity to participate in the ASES Mentorship Program
  • Abstract submission/presentation for the Annual Meeting
  • Free access to the ASES member listserv and case review, discussions/expert opinion
  • Free viewing of scientific presentations recorded at the ASES Annual Meetings
  • Complimentary access to the ASES Abstract Compendium, a complete collection of abstracts submitted to ASES annual meetings each year
  • Ability to gain a unique perspective and valuable education on latest techniques in Shoulder and Elbow Surgery and Patient Management
  • Opportunity to serve on standing or ad-hoc committees
  • Discounted annual subscription to Journal of Shoulder and Elbow Surgery and Seminars in Arthroplasty
  • Opportunity to participate in the ASES Leadership Development Program
  • Protection of the specialty through advocacy efforts
  • Opportunity to connect and network with the society and other members via the ASES Mobile App
  • Opportunity to apply for ASES Grants and Awards
  • Opportunity to apply for the ASES Exchange Fellowship Program
  • Free access to The SHED: The SHoulder Elbow Database, a special learning platform with new educational and scientific content added frequently (NEW!)
  • Access to ABOS SAE exams curated by ASES (NEW!)
  • Free webinars on practice management (NEW!)
  • Free access to virtual Journal Club sessions and monthly podcasts
  • Career opportunities page with advertising open positions for Shoulder & Elbow Surgeons
  • Opportunity to host medical students enrolled in Nth Dimensions Summer Internship Program
  • Access to ASES Online Community Discussion Platform powered by DocMatter
  • Access to our Radiographic Photo Library for shoulder implants

ASES Member Responsibilities

  • Compliance with the Principles of Medical Ethics of the American Medical Association and with the Bylaws;
  • Strict compliance with all Federal and State Antitrust laws, rules, and regulations;
  • Service as an article reviewer for the Journal of Shoulder and Elbow Surgeons;
  • Attendance at the Annual Meeting at least once every three (3) consecutive years (does not apply to Fellow, Affiliate and Corresponding Members). This responsibility is waived after fifteen (15) years of membership;
  • Submission of an abstract for presentation at the Annual Meeting at least once every three (3) consecutive years (this only applies to Active members); This responsibility is waived after fifteen (15) years of membership.
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