Benefits of COS Membership


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  • 32 CMEs through the Journal of Surgical Orthopaedic Advances
    The quarterly Journal serves as the premier forum for the exchange of information and the presentation of new techniques and procedures, as well as updates about the ongoing educational activities of interest to all practicing orthopaedists. Each issue includes a test worth 8 Continuing Medical Education credits, for a total of 32 CMEs each year.

  • Free 10 SAE CME Self-Assessment Exam
    Each year, members can earn 10 CMEs toward their Maintenance of Certification (MOC) Self Assessment requirements with a Self Assessment Exam (SAE). The SAE is designed to help orthopaedists assess their knowledge in comparison with other orthopaedic surgeons, no matter how many years in practice or level of specialization. The results of the SAE should direct orthopaedic surgeons toward areas of study that will lead to professional improvement. To receive 10 SAE CME credits, you must take and submit the scored & recorded exam. After completing the exam online, you will receive feedback, the correct answers, commentary and references, as well as acknowledgement by email that you have completed the exam and your certificate. Self-Assessment Exam Order Information
  • Annual Scientific Meetings
    As a member of COS, you are invited to share in a wealth of information at the Annual Scientific Meeting. A preeminent panel of experts in the field presents relevant case studies and innovative techniques in clinical orthopaedics. Patient presentations are a part of the uniqueness of the program.

  • Resident’s Paper Competition
    The Residents’ Paper Competition was created to not only further the educational support goals of the association, but also to offer an introduction platform for the next generation of clinical orthopaedic experts.

  • COS Website
    The COS Official Website, established in 1998, grows and evolves monthly as member needs demand. Providing yet another communication connection for COS membership, the COS website is a great promotional tool for upcoming COS events, news and exchange. Members have access to the Society’s password protected area to find colleagues in the member directory and view employment opportunities.

  • Dr. and Mrs. J. Elmer Nix Endowment Fund
    The COS Ethics Award, the Dr. and Mrs. J. Elmer Nix Endowment Fund, focuses on and brings to the forefront an issue integrally intertwined with the medical community: ethics. The endowment fund is dedicated to the ethical principles that have grounded the medical field for 2,000 years, and calls more attention to the issue of ethics and its supporters. The endowment is awarded to an orthopaedic physician who demonstrates the ethical principles upheld by COS.