Cynthia Emory, MD
Associate Professor and Vice Chair
Department of Orthopaedic Surgery
Wake Forest School of Medicine
As outlined by the ABOS content outline, the purpose of the examination is to evaluate a candidate’s knowledge of general orthopaedics, the basic science of orthopaedics, and a candidate’s ability to use this information for problem solving in the diagnosis and treatment of patients.
The ABOS Orthopedic Surgery Board Exam tests on the following:
The ABOS Certification exam is offered once a year and lasts 9 hours, which includes 8 hours of testing time, 40 minutes of break time and 20 minutes for a tutorial. The number of questions on the examination varies from 310 to 320 multiple-choice. The ABOS exam is offered in computer-based format. The pass rate for the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery Certification Exam in 2015 was 90%.
The AOBOS Orthopedic Surgery Board Exam tests on the following:
Sports Medicine (11%)
Basic Science (12%)
The AOBOS Certification exam is offered once a year and lasts half a day. The examination is 250 questions and multiple-choice. The AOBOS exam is offered in computer-based format.
As outlined by the AOBOS candidate handbook, applicants completing certification must have an unrestricted license to practice and have five (5) 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.
Many orthopedists find value in the lectures and discussions offered in an orthopedic surgery board review course. However, the BoardVitals Orthopedic Surgery Question Bank is intended to provide both practice and assessment with board-style questions, as well as learning and remediation through detailed explanations. These evidence-based rationales cover not only the best answer, but also the incorrect answers to provide context for your learning.