American Osteopathic Board of Orthopedic Surgery

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American Osteopathic Board of Orthopedic Surgery
American Osteopathic Board of Orthopedic Surgery logo.jpg
Abbreviation AOBOS
Formation 1978[1]
Type Professional
Headquarters Port Huron, MI[2]
Coordinates 42°58′33″N 82°25′27″W / 42.9757°N 82.4243°W / 42.9757; -82.4243Coordinates: 42°58′33″N 82°25′27″W / 42.9757°N 82.4243°W / 42.9757; -82.4243
Chairman Bruce N. Le, D.O.[3]
Vice Chairman Richard B. Helfrey, D.O.
Secretary-Treasurer Stefan V. Zachary, D.O.
Website aobos.org

The American Osteopathic Board of Orthopedic Surgery (AOBOS) is an organization that provides board certification to qualified Doctors of Osteopathic Medicine (D.O.) who specialize in the medical and surgical treatment of disorders of the musculoskeletal system (orthopedic surgeons). The board is one of 18 medical specialty certifying boards of the American Osteopathic Association Bureau of Osteopathic Specialists approved by the American Osteopathic Association (AOA),[4][5] and was originally a subdivision of the American Osteopathic Board of Surgery[6] until it became an independent board in 1978. As of December 2011, 1,082 osteopathic orthopedic surgeons held active certification with the AOBOS.[7] Additionally, diplomates of the American Osteopathic Board of Orthopedic Surgery are eligible for membership in the American Society for Surgery of the Hand[8] and the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons.[9]

Board certification[edit]

To become board certified in orthopedic surgery, candidates must have completed an AOA-approved residency in orthopedic surgery and one year of practice following the completion of residency. Additionally, candidates must have performed at least 200 major orthopedic surgeries in the year preceding application for board certification, and successfully completed the required clinical, oral, and written exams.[10] Since 1994, board certified osteopathic orthopedic surgeons must renew their certification every ten years to avoid expiration of their board certification status.[10][11]

Board certified osteopathic orthopedic surgeons may also receive Certification of Added Qualifications (CAQ) in Hand Surgery.[12][13] Osteopathic orthopedic surgeons must renew their CAQ credentials every ten years.[14]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "About the AOBOS". American Osteopathic College of Orthopedic Surgery. 2012. Retrieved 16 September 2012. 
  2. ^ "Contact Us". American Osteopathic Board of Orthopedic Surgery. 2012. Retrieved 16 September 2012. 
  3. ^ "Board Members". American Osteopathic Board of Orthopedic Surgery. 2012. Retrieved 16 September 2012. 
  4. ^ "American Osteopathic Board of Orthopedic Surgery". Health Workforce Information Center. 2011. Retrieved 16 September 2012. 
  5. ^ "AOA Specialty Certifying Boards". American Osteopathic Association. Retrieved 16 September 2012. 
  6. ^ Ayres, RE; Scheinthal, S; Gross, C; Bell, EC (March 2009). "Osteopathic specialty board certification.". The Journal of the American Osteopathic Association 109 (3): 181–90. PMID 19336771. Retrieved 13 September 2012. 
  7. ^ Ayres, Ronald E; S Scheinthal, C Gross, and E Bell. (April 2012). "Changes to Osteopathic Specialty Board Certification". Journal of the American Osteopathic Association 112 (4): 226–231. Retrieved 16 September 2012. 
  8. ^ "Join ASSH". American Society for Surgery of the Hand. 2013. Retrieved 25 September 2012. 
  9. ^ "Membership Benefits and Information". American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons. 2013. Retrieved 25 September 2012. 
  10. ^ a b "AOBOS 2012 Candidate Handbook". American Osteopathic Board of Orthopedic Surgery. 2012. Retrieved 16 September 2012. 
  11. ^ "Board Recertification". American Osteopathic Board of Orthopedic Surgery. 2012. Retrieved 16 September 2012. 
  12. ^ "Specialties & Subspecialties". American Osteopathic Association. Retrieved 16 September 2012. 
  13. ^ "Subspecialty Certificate in Surgery of the Hand (formerly CAQ Hand)". American Society for Surgery of the Hand. 2013. Retrieved 20 April 2013. 
  14. ^ "Medical Boards: Osteopathic". Castle Connolly Medical, Ltd. 2012. Retrieved 16 September 2012. 

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