How to Become an Academy Fellow


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The designation Fellow of the Academy is a signature recognition of the Academy. The achievement comes as a result of hard work, commitment to personal development and a dedication to excellence in the profession. This elite status is attained by those with a demonstrated commitment to mastering their profession through sustained educational pursuits and a proven track record of service to both their community and the O&P profession.

Eligibility

Please note: Your application will be neither processed nor considered by the Fellow Review Committee until we receive a copy of your ABC Continuing Education Activities Report and payment of the $300 Fellow application fee.

Obtain your ABC Continuing Education Activities Report and mail it to 1331 H Street NW, Suite 501, Washington DC, 20005, fax to (202) 380-3447, or email to .

Payment of the $300 Fellow application fee is accepted by check, Visa, MasterCard, or American Express. Mail your check to 1331 H Street NW, Suite 501, Washington DC, 20005, or call (202) 380-3663 to pay with a Visa, MasterCard, or American Express.

If you are not accepted into the Fellow program, $250 of your application fee will be refunded. The administrative fee of $50 is nonrefundable.

Membership requirement

To apply for the Fellow designation, candidates must have been Active members of the Academy for three uninterrupted years immediately preceding application. To learn more about the types of Academy memberships, visit membership categories.

Certification requirement

Fellow candidates must be certified by ABC under one of the following criteria:

  • Have taken and passed the ABC exam.
  • Attained ABC certification after 2004 without taking the exam and hold a formal degree or graduate diploma in a field that is recognized by the Academy.

Education requirement

All applicants to the Fellow program must have completed two Certificate Programs for Professional Development. Certificate Programs for Professional Development consist of seven to ten modules on a specific subject, each followed by a quiz to ensure comprehension of the covered topics.

Successful completion of Certificate Programs for Professional Development will be reported to ABC. To prove your successful completion of two Certificate Programs for Professional Development, please submit a Continuing Education Activities Report (CEAR) from ABC along with your Fellow application. Applications submitted without an accompanying CEAR statement will not be considered.

To obtain your CEAR statement, please visit the ABC website.

Certificate Programs for Professional Development are offered in a variety of formats. They can be accessed through the Academy’s Online Learning Center, at the Academy’s annual One-Day Seminars, and in an abbreviated format during the Academy Annual Meeting and Scientific Symposium.

Service requirement

In addition to the educational requirement, there is a service requirement that you must meet in order to be accepted as a Fellow of the Academy. Candidates for the Fellow designation must have a proven track record of contribution toward the advancement of the O&P profession.

To meet the service requirement, applicants must do one of the following:

  • Authoring an accepted manuscript for the Journal of Prosthetics & Orthotics (JPO);
  • Chairing a symposium or instructional course at an Academy Annual Meeting;
  • Making two presentations at Academy-sponsored programs over the previous five years;
  • Service as a residency director of a National Commission on Orthotic and Prosthetic Education (NCOPE) approved residency site;
  • Contribution to the O&P profession via significant (40 hour minimum) community service, documented in writing by the Fellow applicant; OR
  • Minimum of 40 hours volunteer service within the Academy (e.g., serving as committee or society chair), documented in writing by the Fellow applicant.

Read the Fellow Program Frequently Asked Questions document.