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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Medical organizations throughout North America understand that our rigorous certification standards prove that ABPS Diplomates are capable of delivering the best patient care possible.

When I think historically, advancement in medicine and patient safety and care has been driven by the diversity of people and scientific thought. That’s what I found at the ABPS and more. For over 60 years that is just who we are. I found a physician certifying body that provides a choice and voice to all physicians ensuring that patients are always placed first.

Jerry Allison, MD
Emergency Medicine
When I decided to pursue a full time role as a physician executive it was important to me to obtain additional professional training, education and work experience. Board certification through the ABPS in Administrative Medicine is validation of my efforts and a demonstration of dedication to professional development. We need more physicians to become full time health care executives, knowing there is a board certification option in Administrative Medicine encourages physicians to take the leap from full time clinical practice to healthcare organizational leadership.

Richard Paula, MD
Administrative Medicine
The American Board of Physician Specialties has provided me with the opportunity to demonstrate mastery of internal medicine through board certification. As a hospitalist, board certification is an expected credential, and hospitals recognize the American Board of Physician Specialties (ABPS) as one of the three standard credentialling bodies for Internal Medicine. Additionally, the ABPS has helped me develop leadership skills as a Board member and Committee Chairperson. ABPS has also helped me sharpen critical thinking skills as a test question developer and reviewer. The Allopathic (MD) and Osteopathic (DO) physicians in the ABPS are lifelong learners and frequently pursue multiple board certifications. I enjoy the camaraderie of my peers in ABPS.

Loren Jay Chassels, DO
Internal Medicine