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ABPS Offers a Recognized Choice in Orthopedic Surgery

ABPS Offers a Recognized Choice in Orthopedic SurgeryIf you are a physician researching your options for board certification in orthopedic surgery, consider the American Board of Physician Specialties® (ABPS). As one of three multi-specialty certifying bodies in the United States recognized by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Handbook, the ABPS offers certification in several medical specialties, including orthopedic surgery. We developed the Board of Certification in Orthopedic Surgery® (BCOS) to give qualified physicians the opportunity to display mastery of the core concepts and competencies of orthopedic surgery. Today, certification with the BCOS carries distinction in all 50 states.

To be eligible for certification in orthopedic surgery, candidates must meet baseline requirements common to all ABPS Member Boards. The BCOS also requires that candidates applying for certification:

  • Show evidence that they have performed at least 200 surgical procedures on their own initiative
  • Submit two letters of recommendation from Diplomates of a certification board recognized by the ABPS, ABMS, or AOA
  • Submit 10 complete case reports that meet the case report requirements of the BCOS
  • Submit a list of surgical procedures

After candidates are deemed eligible, they must past a psychometrically validated examination that evaluates practical knowledge in orthopedic surgery. Like all ABPS certification exams, the BCOS exam was developed under the most stringent standards in the industry, which means that only the finest physicians go on to achieve certification.

Diplomates of the ABPS practice in some of the most prestigious healthcare institutions in the country. Additionally, there are ABPS Diplomates in all 50 states, the District of Colombia, Puerto Rico, and Canada. Orthopedic surgeons who are board certified by the ABMS or the AOA are eligible to recertify with the ABPS once they have met eligibility requirements determined by our specialty board.

For more information about the BCOS, or to learn more about the advantages of pursuing board certification in orthopedic surgery, contact the ABPS. The ABPS is the official multi-specialty board certification body of the American Association of Physician Specialists, Inc.®