During the last twenty years, an increasing number of orthopaedic surgeons
have chosen to subspecialize. As such, there has been an increased interest in
subspecialty certification.In 1990, 44% of orthopaedic surgeons viewed themselves as general
orthopaedists and 21%, as specialists. Currently, those numbers are largely
reversed, with 31% who consider themselves general orthopaedists and 35% who
view themselves as specialists (Fig.
1).The average age of orthopaedic subspecialists is forty-nine years, and the
average age of general orthopaedic surgeons is fifty-four years