Orthopedic Surgery Board Exam FAQs – What You Need To Know

If you’re preparing for your Orthopedic Surgery Board Exam, you probably have lots of questions for what to expect. Hopefully these FAQs will help ease your stress.

How long is the Orthopedic Surgery Board Exam?

The Orthopedic Surgery Board Exam is offered byAmerican Board of Orthopaedic Surgery (ABOS) andAmerican Osteopathic Board of Orthopedic Surgery (AOBOS). Both are administered on a computer. The rest format of the exam varies depending on which board you seek certification from.

The ABOS Certification exam is one day long. You have 8 hours to take the exam, and a 40-minute break, and an allotted 20 minutes for a tutorial of the exam. In this time you will be required to answer 310-320 multiple-choice questions.

The AOBOS Certification exam is half a day long. During this time you will be required to answer 250 multiple-choice questions.  The examination is 250 questions and multiple-choice.

What topics will be covered on the Orthopedic Surgery board exam?

ABOS Orthopedic Surgery Board Exam:
  • Adult reconstruction (33%)
  • Basic orthopaedic knowledge, including tumors (30%)
  • Pediatrics including disease, trauma, and sports medicine (17%)
  • Rehabilitation (4%)
  • Trauma of the musculoskeletal system (16%)
AOBOS Orthopedic Surgery Board Exam tests on the following:
  • Foot/Ankle (10%)
  • Hand/Upper Extremity (10%)
  • Joint (11%)
  • Pediatrics (9%)
  • Sports Medicine (11%)
  • Spine (9%)
  • Trauma (11%)
  • Tumor (4%)
  • Infection (5%)
  • Basic Science (12%)

AOBOS Board Exam Requirements

According to the AOBOS candidate handbook, those who wish to apply for certification need an unrestricted license to practice and have five years of AOA-approved training in orthopedic surgery. The applicant must also provide documentary evidence that he/she has performed a minimum of 200 major orthopedic procedures of his/her own responsibility over a period of at least 12 consecutive months.

All applicants must also have ample documented evidence to prove that they have completed a minimum of 200 major orthopedic procedure during at least 12 months.

What is the best way to study for the Orthopedic Surgery Board Exam?

Practice Questions! Practice as many as you can focusing on your weak areas first.

The BoardVitals Orthopedic Surgery Board Review Question Bank is intended to provide both practice and assessment with board-style questions, as well as learning and remediation through detailed explanations. With more than 500 questions covering the topics found on both orthopedic surgery board exams, users can create practice exams to focus their studying on troublesome areas. Start studying today with a free trial.

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