What is Board Certification Of
Orthopaedic Surgery?

The Board Certification process includes the
following components:

Educational
Must have graduated from an accredited medical school and passed all examinations necessary to receive an unrestricted medical license.

Must have satisfactorily completed five years of graduated orthopaedic surgery education in an accredited orthopaedic surgery residency training must include experience with all age groups in operative and non-operative treatment of musculoskeletal injuries, diseases and deformities in pediatric orthopaedics, total joint and other arthritis surgery, sports medicine, the spine, foot and ankle, elbow and shoulder, hand, rehabilitation, fractures and other injuries, benign and malignant tumors of bone, joints and muscles and arthroscopy.

Examinations
After completing graduate orthopaedic surgery residency education a doctor must meet the following criteria to become Certified by the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery:

Have a full and unrestricted license to practice medicine in the United States, its territories, government service or Canada.

Pass the Part I examination which is a written examination about the material taught during the residency training.

Have completed 22 months of practice of operative orthopaedic surgery after successfully completing graduate education.

Have demonstrated professional proficiency and ethical practice based on recommendations from physicians familiar with his/her practice.

Pass the Part II examination which is an oral examination based on a six month list of operative cases.