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Highlights of ABPS Orthopedic Surgery Eligibility Requirements

Orthopedic SurgeryThe eligibility requirements for qualified physicians to take the exam to become board certified in Orthopedic Surgery are as stringent as those of every specialty administered by the American Board of Physician Specialties (ABPS). The tests are developed under the most rigorous standards in the physician board certification industry. What that means is, the eligibility requirements are set to include only physicians who are truly qualified to attempt to earn the distinction of becoming certified through the Board of Certification in Orthopedic Surgery (BCOS).

In addition to the baseline eligibility requirements held in common by all ABPS Member Boards, there are additional, specific requirements for potential candidates to become eligible to attempt to become board certified in Orthopedic Surgery.

Highlights of these eligibility requirements include:

  • Demonstration of evidence that you have performed a minimum of 200 surgical procedures on one’s own initiative in Orthopedic Surgery. Documentation on letterhead from a hospital administrator is required.
  • Submission of two letters of recommendation from Diplomates of an ABPS, ABMS, or AOA-recognized board of certification
  • Submission of a list of surgical procedures performed on one’s own initiative for the two-year period prior to application
  • Submission of 10 complete case reports in accordance with the case report requirements furnished by the BCOS. Case reports must be no older than twelve (12) months from the date the candidate’s application for certification is received by ABPS.

To learn more about the eligibility requirements for board certification in Orthopedic Surgery, contact the ABPS. The ABPS is the official certifying body of the American Association of Physician Specialists, Inc.