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April 2016

President's Message

Practice-based oral examinations from the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery are used to assess an orthopaedic surgeon’s clinical competency by measuring his or her performance on cases from the surgeon’s own practice. For those taking the Part II examination, it may be the first time presenting their cases in this format. Veteran surgeons taking an oral recertification examination will not have taken an oral examination in many years, and the process has changed substantially over those years. All surgeons will perform better on the examination with adequate preparation.

To assist surgeons preparing for an oral examination, the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery has created two videos:

Example of Oral Examination 
Techniques for the Oral Examination


Greetings! It is an honor and a privilege for me to assist the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery as the Interim Executive Director. I am excited to serve the ABOS – the Board has recently completed a strategic planning project and set strategic priorities in the areas of certification, education, and practice improvement. There are projects underway in each of these areas and I look forward to leading the Board as we continue to strive to maintain the highest of standards. 


Brenda Kulp, RN, BSN, MA
MOC & Professional Education Specialist

For the past four years Brenda Kulp, RN, BSN, MA, has been a valued member of the ABOS team working on a variety of operations pertaining to our Maintenance of Certification (MOC) program. 
In December 2015, the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery (ABOS) sent an email to all diplomates detailing changes to continuing medical education (CME) and self-assessment examination (SAE) credit accrual for Maintenance of Certification (MOC). While these changes have been popular with many diplomates, there have been some questions asked of ABOS staff. This article will recap the changes and provide examples.

There are 746 candidates who have applied for the 2016 Part II Examination. 
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