Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)


What is an Academy Scientific Society?
A Scientific Society is a group of Academy members who share an interest in research, education, and practice techniques in a specific practice area.

What do these Societies do?
Society members share information and resources, promote research and education in their area, and contribute to the Academy and Societies' literature, including publishing articles for The Academy TODAY, The O&P EDGE and the Journal of Orthotics and Prosthetics (JPO). The Societies also contribute significant programming to the Academy's Annual Meetings.

What are these specific practice areas?
CAD/CAM for prosthetics and orthotics, Fabrication Sciences, Gait, Lower Limb Orthotics, Lower Limb Prosthetics, Spinal Orthotics, and Upper Limb Prosthetics.

Can members form Societies in others areas of interest?
Twenty (20) Academy members can petition the Academy Board to form a Society in any area of orthotics and prosthetics practice.

How can I get involved?
Academy members may join Societies at any time using the downloadable society application. To join a Scientific Society, you must be an Academy member. You may join online or download and fax, email or mail your member application (PDF) to the Academy. You can join one or more societies directly on the membership application. If you have any questions, please call (202) 380-3663