Author: David F. Martin, MD, Executive Director, American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery

Many patients assume that their orthopaedic surgeon is board certified, but this is not always the case. Since 1934 and continuing to this day, the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery (ABOS) has existed to evaluate and review the initial and continuing qualifications and competence of orthopaedic surgeons.

Does Board Certification Matter?

It means that the care you do receive from those individuals will be of the highest quality, mindful of your safety, steeped in science, and focused on achieving a successful outcome.

ABOS is the most widely recognized standard of achievement for orthopaedic surgeons. If your orthopaedic surgeon has earned the ABOS Board Certification, you know that he or she is highly-competent, operates with safety and quality in mind, and is up-to-date on the latest advances.

How to Check for Board Certification

The ABOS has launched a new website that is geared towards you, the patient. This website shows why you should choose an ABOS Board Certified orthopaedic surgeon and how you can determine if an orthopaedic surgeon is ABOS Board Certified.

The site features an animated video that chronicles the training involved in becoming an orthopaedic surgeon and the additional requirements and achievements required to become an ABOS Board Certified orthopaedic surgeon.

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