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Demystifying the Orthopaedic Certification Process
Randall E. Marcus, MD1; John J. Callaghan, MD2; G. Paul DeRosa, MD3
1 Department of Orthopaedics, University Hospitals Case Medical Center, 11100 Euclid Avenue, Cleveland, OH 44106-5043. E-mail address: Randall.Marcus@UHHospitals.org
2 Department of Orthopaedics, University of Iowa Hospital, 200 Hawkins Drive, Iowa City, IA 52242
3 American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery, 400 Silver Cedar Court, Chapel Hill, NC 27514-1585
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J Bone Joint Surg Am, 2007 Feb 01;89(2):436-441. doi: 10.2106/JBJS.F.01438
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In the United States, a physician earns certification in a medical specialty by meeting the qualifications predetermined by the appropriate specialty board. The American Board of Medical Specialties and one of its twenty-four specialty boards—the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery (ABOS)—offer certification as a voluntary process for individuals who have completed their training in a residency program accredited by the Residency Review Committee for Orthopaedic Surgery. The mission of the ABOS is to establish educational standards for orthopaedic residents and to evaluate the initial and continuing qualifications and competence of orthopaedic surgeons. The Board "defines minimum educational requirements in the specialty, stimulates graduate medical education and continuing medical education, and aids in the evaluation of educational facilities and programs."1
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