The Scientific Societies of the American Academy of Orthotists and Prosthetists are groups of individuals who pursue common goals in a specific area of orthotics and/or prosthetics. The areas of interest include Behavioral Sciences (NEW), CAD/CAM, Craniofacial, Fabrication Sciences, Gait, Lower Limb Orthotics, Lower Limb Prosthetics, Spinal Orthotics, and Upper Limb Prosthetics.
The NEW Behavioral Sciences Society focuses on supporting effective clinical decision making by providing O&P clinicians with education to improve relationships and communication with patients and caretakers, colleagues, and other members of the healthcare team. Join today to be one of the founding members of this Society.
What do the Scientific Societies offer?
- Be a Leader—Society members serve as mentors to students, residents, newly certified clinicians, and to experienced professionals who are interested in developing knowledge in their specialty area. Students and residents are welcome to join and benefit from and contribute to the experience of the society members.
- Get Published—Join a society and contribute to prominent professional publications including the Journal of Prosthetics and Orthotics (JPO), the Academy
TODAY, and The O&P EDGE.
Contribute Education Programming—Societies are key contributors of education programs for the Academy Annual Meeting and Scientific Symposium. They also create learning modules and webinars for the Paul E. Leimkuehler Online Learning Center (OLC).
- Network Online—Academy Scientific Society memberships are groups where interaction is encouraged. The sites feature tools to connect and communicate with like-minded peers and top professionals who share your interest. The sites offer discussion forums, journal and book club opportunities, blogs, video and image hosting, and news feeds to stay on top of the Society's activities.
Get Involved—Get involved in the future of O&P by becoming a society leader. Chairing a society can help you meet the public service requirement to earn or renew Fellow of the Academy status.
Society members are encouraged to participate in conversations among colleagues on general topics or in their area(s) of interest by visiting the Academy Scientific Societies groups. Membership is required. To join one or more societies, use the buttons below. If you are already a member, go to the Community menu item and My Groups to join the conversation.
The Scientific Societies provide a forum within the Academy for individuals with special interests to share information and knowledge among members, to encourage research, to present and publish the results, and to create learning modules for the Paul E. Leimkuehler Online Learning Center (OLC). To become involved, visit the individual web page of each society and contact the officers directly, or contact the Academy. For details about the Scientific Societies, visit the links below.