The designation Fellow of the Academy is a signature recognition. 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.
Fellows are recognized by the initials FAAOP after their name and certification credentials. Fellow status lasts five years after which further professional requirements must be met to maintain the designation.
To apply for the Fellow designation, candidates must be both a current Active member (ABC- certified practitioner) of the Academy and must have been an Active member for the past three consecutive years years.
Fellow candidates must be certified by the American Board for Certification in Orthotics, Prosthetics, and Pedorthics (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
All applicants to the Fellow program must have completed two Certificate Programs for Professional Development. Certificate Programs for Professional Development consist of six 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.
In addition to the educational requirement, there is a service requirement that must be met in order to be accepted as a Fellow of the Academy. Candidates for the Fellow designation must have a proven track record of contributions toward the advancement of the O&P profession. To meet the service requirement, applicants must do one of the following.
Author an accepted manuscript for the Journal of Prosthetics & Orthotics (JPO)
Chair a symposium or instructional course at an Academy Annual Meeting
Make two presentations at Academy-sponsored programs over the previous five years
Serve as a residency director of a National Commission on Orthotic and Prosthetic Education (NCOPE) approved residency site
Contribute to the O&P profession via significant (40 hour minimum) community service, documented in writing by the Fellow applicant
Minimum of 40 hours volunteer service within the Academy (serving as committee or society chair), documented in writing by the Fellow applicant