ABPS Offers a Recognized Choice in Orthopedic Surgery
If 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. These include being a graduate of a recognized U.S., Canadian, or international allopathic or osteopathic college of medicine, and holding a valid and unrestricted license to practice medicine in the United States, its territories, or Canada. The BCOS also requires that candidates applying for certification:
- Show evidence that they have practiced orthopedic surgery for a minimum of 18 months post-residency/fellowship training
- Submit two letters of recommendation from Diplomates of a certification board recognized by the ABPS, ABMS, or AOA
- Submit a list of surgical procedures as evidence that they have performed at least 100 surgical procedures in the twelve months preceding the application, or two months preceding a scheduled oral exam
BCOS Certification Exams
After candidates are deemed eligible, they must pass both a written and an oral exam in order to earn initial board certification in orthopedic surgery. The written certification exam consists of 200 multiple-choice items and is administered over a four-hour session. Like all ABPS certification exams, the BCOS exams were developed under the most stringent standards in the industry, which means that only the finest physicians go on to achieve certification. Candidates for BCOS certification must pass the written exam first before taking the oral component. Once granted, BCOS certification is good for eight years, expiring on December 31 of the eighth year.
Why Certify With the BCOS?
While BCOS certification is demanding, it serves to validate dedicated physicians. It enhances marketability, opens doors for career growth, and garners the respect of medical colleagues. It’s no surprise that 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.