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.®

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I feel truly blessed and grateful to be an internal medicine board-certified diplomate with the American Board of Physician Specialties. Their ongoing, steadfast commitment to physician board(s) enhancement, forward focused vision, and tenacity is second to none. ABPS has become a recognized choice in Physician Board Certification.

Adam Rench, MD
Internal Medicine
To be the best, you must measure yourself against the best. Achieving Board Certification in Emergency Medicine by the ABPS gave me the opportunity to demonstrate mastery of the art of EM in an objective way. The high bar that ABPS sets for candidates to be allowed to take both the written and oral exam is a testament to ABPS's rigorous vetting of one's ability to practice Emergency Medicine at a high level. By maintaining these credentials, I've been able to instill confidence in my abilities at the department/employer level and ultimately with the patients that choose to seek emergency care at the facilities at which I practice.

Royce Mathew Joseph, MD
Emergency Medicine
The American Board of Physician Specialties has supported the entire field of Integrative Medicine in sponsoring our board. It has been so validating of the importance of prevention-oriented and holistic approaches to care while emphasizing the scientific basis of this specialty to have it recognized by ABPS. I am proud to have been one of the first groups to be board certified by ABPS in Integrative Medicine, leading the way for others committed to training in this specialty.

Myles Spar, MD
Integrative Medicine