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September 2016

President's Message

Case lists are a key component of the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery (ABOS) certification and recertification process. They are a metric for ABOS to assess a diplomate’s practice and also provide diplomates an opportunity to self-evaluate their performance in practice with a goal to improve patient care. Case lists are critical to an Oral Examination since the diplomate’s six-month case list is used to select cases for the actual examination. Case selectors review the entire list, practice profiles based on the list, and complications and use this information in selecting 12 cases for the examination.  Read more...

Interim Executive Director Report

At the end of July, more than 860 new and veteran orthopaedic surgeons gathered in Chicago to take an American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery (ABOS) Oral Examination. I would like to publicly congratulate the 700 new Board Certified orthopaedic surgeons. Ninety-six percent of candidates who took the Part II Examination in July passed. Another 137 Board Certified orthopaedic surgeons took the Oral Recertification Examination as part of their Maintenance of Certification (MOC) process and 87 percent of these examinees passed.  Read more...

New SAE Option for Pediatric Orthopaedic Surgeons

Orthopaedic surgeons who treat children have a new option to earn 10 of the 40 self-assessment examination (SAE) credits needed in order to apply for an American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery (ABOS) Recertification Examination.  Read more...

Uploading CMEs

In order to maintain your designation on ABOS’s website as “Participating in MOC: Yes,” a minimum of 120 orthopaedic-related ACCME Accredited Category 1 CME credits, of which at least 20 credits are from Self-Assessment Examinations (SAE), must be submitted by the end of the third year of your 10-year cycle. Prior to registering for a Recertification Examination, you need 240 CMEs and 40 SAEs. Read more...

Staff Spotlight

If you called the ABOS office anytime in the last year, Sonya Parker was probably the person with whom you initially spoke, as she was ABOS’ Office Assistant. Sonya quickly gained the knowledge and experience to be promoted to a Certification Specialist in August. She now works in numerous ways with diplomates and Part II candidates whose last names begin with the letters P through Z, including processing their applications and guiding them through the Maintenance of Certification (MOC) process. Read more...

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Make sure you check out our newly redesigned website at In addition to the design, there is new content and a new interface to find the information you are looking for quickly. We look forward to hearing your thoughts on the new site.
Exam Data
For the 2016 Part II examination, 729 orthopaedic surgeons took the examination and 700 (96%) passed.
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