What Is the BCOS?

Manny Konstantakos, MDThe Board of Certification in Orthopedic Surgery (BCOS) is a nationally recognized certifying board that has offered physician certification and recertification to orthopedic surgeons since 1976. The BCOS is a Member Board of the American Board of Physician Specialties® (ABPS), one of the nation’s most prominent multispecialty certifying bodies. The BCOS has long been known for certification tests based on valid orthopedic concepts relevant to clinical practice. Manny Konstantakos, MD, who is board certified in orthopedic surgery through the BCOS, remembers the first time he heard about the board.

Why Manny Konstantakos, MD, Chose the BCOS

“I researched the BCOS and was impressed. I especially liked that the BCOS emphasized real-world orthopedic care, not your skills as a standardized test taker. I’m sure many orthopedists like myself wished we would have known about the BCOS sooner, such as during our residency. What I have found most appealing about the BCOS is that they care about their applicants as much as their Diplomates. The staff members of the ABPS are friendly, easy to contact, and available to answer any questions an applicant may have. Simply put, there are no hidden secrets about their examination process or who they are.”

BCOS Eligibility Requirements

The BCOS offers certification to both allopathic and osteopathic physicians. To be eligible to apply for initial certification, candidates must satisfy the general requirements of the ABPS. 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 has its own eligibility requirements, which include successfully completing both an accredited ACGME internship and residency in orthopedic surgery.

Once deemed eligible, candidates must pass both a written and an oral exam to earn initial board certification in orthopedic surgery. Candidates 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.

“As one of the nation’s most highly respected and trusted sources in physician board certification, the BCOS understands today’s demands on orthopedic surgeons and puts patients first above all else,” Dr. Konstantakos says. “The BCOS is a well-established and recognized choice. It’s nice to know that there’s another valid option for us orthopods out there.”

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