Distinguished Arthroscopy Leader (D.A.L.)

(Example: Paul Caldwell, M.D., D.A.L.)


The AANA Designation Program is an opportunity for AANA Active members to add another prestigious credential to their signatures and be a part of an elite group of leaders in arthroscopy. Communicate to your peers and patients that you are a Distinguished Arthroscopy Leader and have set yourself apart through involvement, education and advancement.

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Eligibility Criteria

  • Five years of continuous AANA membership as of the D.A.L. application submission date.*
  • Unrestricted medical license(s).
  • Board certified.
  • Application fee $350 (non-refundable).
  • Must meet six total qualifications, with at least one from both categories listed below; all within the past five years of the D.A.L. application submission date.



  • Leadership position or participation in AANA, AANA committees or AANA Board of Directors.
  • Local or community leadership position or activities.
  • Hospital or practice leadership position.
  • Held a leadership position with another medical society.
  • Leadership or participation in the AANA Education Foundation.
  • Military or government leadership position.
  • Demonstrated medical volunteerism.


  • Active involvement in teaching or mentoring activities.
  • Research in arthroscopy.
  • Publication in the AANA journal, web content or teaching materials.
  • Education program development - print, live or digital.
  • Faculty position for AANA or other education programs or meetings.
  • Held a position for the AANA journal.
  • Maintenance of Certification participation.
  • Participation or attendance at three AANA live education events.
  • Participation and claimed credits for three AANA CME-bearing products.


  • Renewal fees are $100 every two years.
  • A renewal application will be emailed to all D.A.L.s at the beginning of their renewal year.

*You must be an AANA Active Member to apply. If you would like to become a member, please click here.

If you have any questions, please contact AANA at info@aana.org

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