Physician Assistants in Orthopaedic Surgery (PAOS) is a specialty organization of the American Academy of Physician Assistants (AAPA) for PAs who are NCCPA certified and practice in orthopaedics. We are composed of more than 1600 members who practice orthopaedics in collaboration with orthopaedic surgeons.

PAOS is dedicated to providing a common direction for PAs in orthopaedics. We provide high quality educational programs to advance our members knowledge of musculoskeletal healthcare. PAOS provides a forum for networking and information dissemination and job placement for PAs in orthopaedics. Our organization continually educates physicians and allied health professionals on PA education, certification and changing legislation, while promoting the physician/PA team concept.

Vital Statistics more

The 2015 annual AAPA survey shows that of the 108,500 certified PAs in the US, 12.6% practice in orthopaedics.  


Base salary compensation for full-time PAs

Mean $106,418

Total Monetary compensation for full-time PAs including bonus, call, etc.

Mean $119,840

Calendar more

5/5/2017 » 5/7/2017
Extremities In the Carolinas - Fingers to Nose/Knees to Toes

8/21/2017 » 8/25/2017
18th Annual PAOS CME Conference