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Orthopedic Surgery Board Review Topics Covered:
- Sports Medicine
- Basic Science
- Lower Extremities
- Upper Extremities
About the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery Certification Exam
As outlined by the ABOS content blueprint, 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.
What is tested on the ABOS Orthopedic Surgery Board Exam?
The ABOS Orthopedic Surgery Board Exam tests on the following:
- General Principles 12-14%
- Spine 13-15%
- Upper Extremities 28-30%
- Lower Extremities 32-34%
- Multiple Sites/Systemic/Other 7-9%
- Neoplasms (including staging) 6-8%
How long is the ABOS Orthopedic Surgery Board Exam?
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 2018 was 97%.
About the American Osteopathic Board of Orthopedic Surgery Certification Exam
What is tested on the AOBOS Orthopedic Surgery Board Exam?
The AOBOS Orthopedic Surgery Board Exam tests on the following:
- Foot/Ankle 10%-11%
- Hand/Upper Extremity 10%-12%
- Joint 11%-14%
- Pediatrics 9%-11%
- Sports Medicine 11%-13%
- Spine 9%-11%
- Trauma 11%-14%
- Tumor 4%-6%
- Infection 5%-6%
- Basic Science 12%-16%
How long is the AOBOS Board Exam?
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.
What are the AOBOS Board Exam Requirements?
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.
Do I need to take an orthopedic surgery board review course?
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.
Lead Editor, Orthopedic Surgery
Cynthia L. Emory, M.D.
Assistant Professor, Department of Orthopaedic Surgery at Wake Forest University
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The University of Nebraska Medical Center, Center for Continuing Education designates this Internet Enduring Material for a maximum of 54 AMA PRA Category 1™ Credit(s). Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity. Further Orthopedic Surgery CME info found here.