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July 2016

President's Message

Peer review is a common process used in many professions as a means of self-regulation. It assesses performance in areas that are difficult to measure by objective standards. Peer review may be used by professions to assess and maintain quality, improve performance, determine adherence to standards, and maintain credibility to those outside the profession. Many professions have established peer review processes including law, accounting, and engineering. In academic professions, peer review is the well accepted method to assess scientific work. 


In the last issue of The Diplomate, I discussed three new practice-profiled recertification examinations and changes to several other recertification examinations. These changes were made in response to feedback that the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery (ABOS) has received form Diplomates. We have received overwhelmingly positive responses to these changes from our diplomates. More than 75 diplomates have now changed the type of recertification examination that they will take or the year in which they will sit for their recertification examination in order to take advantage of these modifications. Remember, if you have registered for a 2017 examination and would like to change the type or year, you need to let the ABOS know in writing by August 31, 2016. Please contact the ABOS office if you have any questions.

For this issue, I would like to discuss the Continuing Medical Education (CME) requirements of Maintenance of Certification (MOC).


Kim Grover
Certification Specialist

Kim Grover is one of our newest staff members. She began her employment with the ABOS in 2013 and quickly gained the knowledge and experience to be promoted to a Certification Specialist in 2015. Soon after Kim became a Certification Specialist, the ABOS staff was restructured, so that Part II candidates and diplomates work with one Certification Specialist for all their needs. Kim serves diplomates and Part II candidates whose last names begins with the letters F through O. As a Certification Specialist, Kim works with candidates and diplomates in numerous ways, including processing their applications and guiding them through the Maintenance of Certification (MOC) process.
Click here for a list of ABOS deadlines for you as well as for your colleagues who are not yet certified. In addition, there is a listing of related orthopaedic organizations' annual meetings.
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