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Orthopedic Surgery MOC Board Review Topics Covered:

  • Sports Medicine
  • Basic Science
  • Hand
  • Lower Extremities
  • Rehabilitation
  • Spine
  • Upper Extremities

Information About the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery (ABOS) General Recertification Examination

What is covered on the ABOS General Recertification Exam?

According to the ABOS exam blueprint, the written exam covers the following topics:

  • General Principles 5%
  • Spine 7%
  • Upper Extremities 34%
  • Lower Extremities 37%
  • Multiple Sites 11%
  • Neoplasms 5%

What is the format of the ABOS General Recertification Exam?

The ABOS General Recertification Exam is comprised of 150 multiple-choice questions (MCQ). Candidates are allowed three hours of writing time to complete the exam. The questions consist predominantly of general, clinical material that all orthopedic surgeons should know, regardless of their specialty. The Pass Rate for the 2016 ABOS General Recertification exam was 98%.

Information About the American Osteopathic Board of Orthopedic Surgery (AOBOS) Osteopathic Continuous Certification (OCC) Exam

What is covered on the AOBOS OCC Exam?

The AOBOS OCC exam content is taken from the same pool of course questions as the Part 1 - Written Exam portion of the General Orthopedic Surgery Certification Exam. However, questions are more oriented toward the clinical practice of Orthopedics, with very few basic science and tumor questions.

According to the AOBOS OCC Exam Specifications, the exam covers the following topics:

  • Foot/Ankle 10% - 13%
  • Hand/Upper Extremity 10% - 12%
  • Joint 11% - 14%
  • Pediatrics 10% - 12%
  • Sports Medicine 11% - 14%
  • Spine 10% - 12%
  • Trauma 11% - 14%
  • Tumor 4% - 5%
  • Infection 4% - 5%
  • Other 0% - 3%

What is the format of the AOBOS OCC (Recertification) Exam?

The AOBOS OCC Exam consists of 100 multiple-choice questions (MCQ) and lasts three hours divided into two 50-item sections, plus an optional tutorial, and two optional breaks.

We suggest reading the Current Concepts and Instructional Course Lectures sections of the Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery and Orthopedic Knowledge Updates since this is where the content of the questions are mainly taken from and then answer practice questions from the BoardVitals Orthopedic Surgery MOC Question Bank.

Stated Learning Objectives for the Orthopedic Surgery CME Activity

Upon completion of this activity, participants should be able to:

  • Demonstrate basic Orthopedic knowledge, including tumors, and adult reconstruction.
  • Indicate knowledge of Pediatric Orthopedics including disease, trauma, and sports medicine.
  • Identify trauma of the musculoskeletal system.

Lead Editor, Orthopedic Surgery

Cynthia L. Emory, M.D.

Cynthia L. Emory, M.D.

Assistant Professor, Department of Orthopaedic Surgery at Wake Forest University

How do I earn Orthopedic Surgery CME Credits?

  1. Check your state requirements for CME for where you practice.
  2. Purchase the BoardVitals Orthopedic Surgery CME Optional Add-On.
  3. Answer questions with at least 70% accuracy (you may correct answers as you go).
  4. Redeem and submit the form and evaluation.
  5. Print your PDF certificate of completion.

*Please Note: CME credits are self-reported. Please follow the instructions given by your board to report your CME credits.

For full steps, view our Support Page on Redeeming CME Hours.

The University of Nebraska Medical Center, Center for Continuing Education is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

The University of Nebraska Medical Center, Center for Continuing Education designates this Internet Enduring Material for a maximum of 54 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity. Further Orthopedic Surgery CME info found here.