ASOPA was organized to promote a consistently high quality of patient care through instruction, certification and continuing medical education, and to support orthopaedics and orthopaedic physician's assistants locally, regionally and nationally through advocacy, job placement services and community events.
ASOPA members receive a number of valuable benefits, including:
Receipt of the ASOPA newsletter, The Update, which provides members valuable information on the state of the association and profession as well as features useful technique tips and articles. Members receive a print and electronic subscription (quarterly).
- Access to valuable electronic updates on the latest-breaking information that impacts your role and responsibilities as an Orthopaedic Physician's Assistant.
- Access to special member-only portions of ASOPA website www.asopa.org, including on-line CME, available employment opportunities, a job listing service and a national membership directory.52
- $100 discount to attend ASOPA's 36th Annual Meeting, to be held August 1 - 4, 2012 at the Sheraton San Diego and Marina in San Digeo, CA. Earn valuable continuing medical education (CME) units toward recertification!
- Discounts to take the examination leading to OPA-C certification ($75) and logging CMEs with the NBCOPA for re-certification (a savings of $360 per recertification cycle).
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CATEGORIES & REQUIREMENTS
The ASOPA has two classifications for membership Fellow and Affiliate. Fellow members are given voting privileges at the annual ASOPA meeting and the ability to hold office on the Executive Board.
To qualify for Fellow membership, candidates must have passed the certifying exam given by the National Board for Certification of Orthopaedic Physician's Assistants.
Noncertified applicants are encourages to join as Affiliate members. They receive the same benefits as Fellow members with the exception of voting privileges at ASOPA meetings and the ability to hold office on the Executive Board.
While ASOPA Fellow membership is geared directly toward OPA-Cs, the society invites professionals from other allied health industries to get involved for educational and networking benefits. The newsletter subscription, membership directory, legislative voice and discounted meeting registration fees are beneficial to all members.
The annual dues for either Fellow or Affiliate membership are $200 per year. Candidates for membership may apply on-line by clicking on the link on the right side of the webpage, or downloading an application (pdf) and sending it to the ASOPA office. Applications can also be requested by contacting ASOPA at (800) 280-2390 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.