The American Osteopathic Board of Orthopedic Surgery administers primary certification exams, subspecialty certification exams, and Osteopathic Continuous Certification requirements. The following stages represent key milestones in the process to obtain primary board certification in Orthopedic Surgery.

Written Exam

1. In order to take the Orthopedic Surgery Written Exam, applicants must have completed, or be in their fifth year of, an AOA or ACGME-approved training program in orthopedic surgery.

2. The Orthopedic Surgery Written Exam is offered once per year, generally every May. The application period opens in October, and applications are due in January.

Clinical Exam

3. The Orthopedic Surgery Clinical Exam takes place in two cycles every year, in winter and summer. Applications for the summer clinicals are due in February, and applications for the winter clinicals are due in August.

3. Starting with the summer 2019 cycle, the AOBOS will be using a new exam format for Orthopedic Surgery. The new format will consist of the Written Exam and a new Clinical Exam, which will include a case defense component. Learn more.

Become Board Certified

5. Upon successful completion of all exam components, the AOBOS will recommend osteopathic board certification to the AOA.

6. You will receive a letter from the AOA via email once certification has been approved.

7. You are now board certified. You will receive your certification in the mail within 90 days.

8. Your primary certification in Orthopedic Surgery will remain active for 10 years following date of issue provided you successfully complete Osteopathic Continuous Certification requirements.

Osteopathic Continuous Certification

9. Maintain active licensure.

10. Participate in lifelong learning and continuing medical education.

11. Complete the cognitive assessment module.

12. Complete the practice performance assessment.

13. Maintain membership in the American Osteopathic Association.