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March 2017

President's Message

Credentialing is an important aspect of the Board Certification and Recertification process. Each Candidate who applies for an American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery (ABOS) Certification Examination and each Diplomate who applies for a Recertification Examination goes through the ABOS credentialing process; but to many the process may be a mystery. The ABOS wishes for each Candidate and Diplomate to understand the components required in our process and this article will explain who the ABOS Credentials Committee is and why its role is so important to the validity of Board Certification.

Executive Medical Director's Report

The American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery (ABOS) serves the best interests of the public and medical profession by establishing educational standards for orthopaedic residents and by evaluating the initial and continuing qualifications and competence of orthopaedic surgeons. Regarding the educational component, in 2014 ABOS solicited research grant proposals from orthopaedic surgery residency programs that promoted innovations in surgical education of residents. 

ABMS Visiting Scholars Program

The American Board of Medical Specialties (ABMS) Visiting Scholars Program is accepting applications for the 2017-2018 class. Junior faculty, residents/fellows, individuals holding advanced degrees in public health, health services research, and other relevant disciplines are invited to apply to participate in this exciting and dynamic, one-year, part-time program facilitating research projects related to Board Certification and Maintenance of Certification. In addition to the research project, scholars are exposed to the fields of professional assessment and education, health policy, and quality improvement and are offered the opportunity to develop leadership skills critical to their own professional growth and success. For the past two years, the ABOS has partnered with the ABMS to support an ABMS-ABOS Scholar. These Scholars have been orthopaedic surgery residents and fellows. We are interested in having an orthopaedic surgeon participate in next year's program as well. The application deadline is May 1, 2017. For more information about the program and the application process, go to or email

AAOS Annual Meeting
Come visit us at the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons Annual Meeting in San Diego in the Ballroom 6 Lobby. ABOS will have a booth staffed with Certification Specialists.
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