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November 2015

Message from Sandy Emery, ABOS's Immediate Past-President

The last 15 years has ushered in significant changes in our profession’s certification and recertification processes. Recertification became Maintenance of Certification with CME, a case list, and an exam by year 10. Digital imaging and digital records are now the norm for oral exams.


The American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery has 707 new diplomates. Congratulations to those who are now Board Certified orthopaedic surgeons. 

Patsi Furr, ABOS Examination Coordinator

In the May/June issue of The Diplomate we included an article about Ms. Patti Scalf, the first staff member hired by the ABOS when we moved to Chapel Hill, North Carolina in 1991. In this issue of The Diplomate we give you a personal look at Ms. Patsi Furr, ABOS’s Part I Examination Coordinator. The chances are 90% of those of you who are reading this article have either spoken with or emailed with Patsi over the years when you were preparing for your Part I examination.

Click here for a list of ABOS deadlines and related orthopaedic organizations' annual meetings.
2015 Exam Statistics
Examination Total   Passed
Oral Recertification   142 121 (85%)
Part I 831 744 (90%)
Part II 747 707 (95%)
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