Join the ORS!

The ORS looks forward to welcoming you to our research community comprised of an international and multi-disciplinary membership from around the globe.  The society is dynamic and diverse providing our members with an international forum to share new research findings, discuss new ideas and to collaborate in innovative ways.

Membership is available to anyone actively involved in musculoskeletal science, research related to orthopaedic surgery and associated fields.

The Benefits of ORS Membership Include:

  • An annual online subscription to the Journal of Orthopaedic Research® (JOR)
  • No cost to submit your manuscript to JOR
  • 20% discount on JOR Spine article publication charges (APC)
  • Special member rates for LearnORS, our on-demand on-line complete learning experience
  • Eligibility for  travel grants, research grants, research fellowships
  • Special member rates to attend ORS meetings, conferences, and workshops
  • Eligibility to participate and contribute as a workshop organizer, research interest group organizer, speaker, committee member and more!
  • Special members rates when posting your career or post-doc opportunity on the ORS Career Center
  • Free registration to virtual Scientific and Career Development Sessions
  • Complimentary access to the ORS Video Library

ORS Categories of Membership:

Undergraduate student, graduate student, medical student or MD/PhD student

Post-Graduate Trainee
Post-Doc, Resident, or Fellow

Academic staff technicians, lab managers or others with similar roles

Early Career
Assistant professor, instructor/lecturer (excluding clinicians/surgeons)

Membership is defined as Academic Faculty (associate professors, professors, orthopaedic surgeons, clinicians). This also applies to individuals in the industry/private sector (engineers/scientists, research staff, directors, administrators, and managers); within government (administrators, directors, engineer/scientist, and research staff); and in private Practice (clinicians, orthopaedic surgeons)

Current ORS members may be eligible for Emeritus, or retired, status. If you are an ORS member who has been a member of the society for at least 15 consecutive years, are age 65 and up, and are currently retired, please email your request for Emeritus Membership to [email protected].

ORS 2023 and 2024 Annual Membership Dues 

Member CategoryAnnual Membership Dues
Post-Graduate Trainee$85
Early Career$210

ORS Member Testimonials 

I have been a member of ORS for more than a decade. Throughout the years, I have had the privilege of serving as a volunteer in various capacities, including abstract reviewer, podium session moderator, and function committee member. In my experience, ORS stands as a remarkable community that bridges the gap between academic and industrial researchers and engineers committed to advancing orthopedic research and developing solutions. Volunteering has not only provided me with ample opportunities to engage with fellow members but has also deepened my sense of involvement in this noble mission.”

Bo Gao

“The DEIA Committee launched the ORS Underrepresented Minority (URM) Undergraduate Travel Program at the 2023 Annual Meeting. This program allows eligible undergraduate students who are interested in orthopaedics to attend the conference for free. Approximately 20 undergraduate students from around the country attended in 2023, and that number jumped to ~30 in 2024. For many of the students, the ORS Annual Meeting is the first conference of their life. Seeing the students enthusiastically absorb all of the exciting research, career development, and networking opportunities that the ORS has to offer is the best reward of all.”

Feini Qu

“I have been volunteering with the ORS since the 2020 Annual Meeting, where I was onboarded onto the Public Outreach Committee. Since then, it’s been highly rewarding to work closely with my colleagues, peers, and ORS staff on large-scale initiatives and professional development opportunities focused on science communication, STEM outreach, and advocacy. I never expected to chair a committee as a trainee, but it’s been a highlight of my academic career to date as I’ve had the pleasure of advancing broader efforts within the ORS that I feel passionate about while also onboarding exceptional folks into their first ORS volunteer positions.”

Jason C. Marvin

“As a new member of the ORS, I am excited about the potential to contribute as a volunteer. I am particularly interested in leveraging my experience to support the ORS’s initiatives, such as organizing educational events or mentoring younger researchers. I would also like to highlight the contributions of Bruno C. Menarim, whose work in the same field has been invaluable. His dedication to promoting orthopedic research through innovative work has not only increased awareness but also inspired many to get involved in volunteering.”

Md. F. MF Kulyar

“I am the Education Chair of the Meniscus Section, and being involved in Section leadership has helped me be more engaged with the community and build stronger connections at the Annual Meeting and virtually year-round. I’ve also been involved with the ORS Open Door outreach event the past two years which is an incredible experience for the ORS volunteers and the local communities.”

Rebecca M. Irwin

“I thoroughly enjoyed working on the DEI committee. Great experience trying to make ORS a more diverse, equitable, and inclusive organization.”

Ryan M. Chapman

Interested ORS Section Membership?

An ORS Section is a small, intimate community of like-minded peers that promote the common interest of ORS members in a specific area of research related to orthopaedics and the musculoskeletal system.  Currently, ORS has seven sections:

You can join section(s) today or at any time.

ORS Research Section 2023 and 2024 Annual Membership Dues

SectionStudent and Post-Graduate TraineesAffiliate, Early Career, and Established
Fracture Repair$50$75
Orthopaedic Implants$50$75
Preclinical Models$50$75
Strategies in Clinical Research$50$75
  • After receiving your membership application and payment, your application will be reviewed, and your membership activated within 5 business days.
  • ORS reserves the right to decline a membership application.
  • Please note all membership applications will be reviewed to ensure you have applied for the correct category of membership.

If you have any questions about becoming a member of the ORS, please feel free to contact us at [email protected] or 847-823-5770. We look forward to hearing from you!