American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery

ABOS Statements on Coronavirus--Updated 3/25/20

Posted On: March 25, 2020

ABOS WLA Assessment Window Opening April 1

March 25, 2020 3:00 pm ET

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, and in order to assist orthopaedic surgeons whose schedules may be altered, the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery (ABOS) is pleased to announce that the administration window of the 2020 ABOS Web-Based Longitudinal Assessment (ABOS WLA) Program will open early and be extended through June 1.

The ABOS WLA administration window will now run from Wednesday, April 1 at 9 am ET and stay open until 5 pm ET on June 1.

In addition, the ABOS will make the ABOS WLA program available to Diplomates who did not start the program last year. Diplomates who have ABOS Board Certification expiration dates between 2020 and 2025, and who did not participate in the 2019 ABOS WLA, may now participate beginning this year. Previously, they were not able to participate this year without having participated last year.

In the next few days, Diplomates will receive a more detailed email, based on their ABOS Certificate expiration date. That email will provide more specifics as we approach the first day of the ABOS WLA administration window.

American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery Residency Education Update

March 20, 2020 2:45 pm ET

The American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery (ABOS) appreciates the stresses that the COVID-19 (coronavirus) outbreak have placed on the medical community and, in particular, physicians in various phases of their residency education. We understand that extraordinary efforts are being made to treat and monitor those exposed to or diagnosed with COVID-19, and we recognize the potential for disruptions in the educational process. Of course, our primary concern is for the health and well-being of physicians, the public, and our patients. The ABOS will continue to monitor the situation and will make every attempt to fully support faculty and residents involved in educational programs as they focus on this global crisis, both personally and professionally.

One potential solution is already in place. In recognition of the ongoing needs for flexibility in resident education, effective July 2018, the ABOS Rules and Procedures were changed to allow for six weeks of time away from education per year of residency. That time can be averaged over the five years of orthopaedic surgery residency training. This change in policy was made to allow for extended absences if needed.

We will work with Orthopaedic Residency Program Directors as this situation continues to evolve to better understand innovative ways to meet educational requirements. Our goal is to be flexible while staying true to our mission. The ABOS will make every attempt to allow physicians to focus on the needs of their community and minimize the impact on their ABOS Board Certification processes.

Thank you for your dedication and cooperation. We will keep you updated as we get more information and will respond as quickly as possible to the changing landscape.

Please do not hesitate to call the ABOS office at 919-929-7103 with question or concerns.

American Board of Medical Specialties (ABMS) Statement to Designated Institutional Officials:

Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) Response to the Coronavirus (COVID-19):

ABOS Statement on Coronavirus

March 12, 2020 4:00 pm ET

Out of an abundance of caution and for the safety of American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery (ABOS) staff, volunteers, their families, our patients, and the public, the ABOS is requesting that all staff and volunteers limit non-essential work and personal travel; specifically travel by airplane. This ABOS policy is effective through April 30 and will be updated as necessary. The ABOS is reaching out to volunteers who have committed to ABOS meetings taking place in March and April and will be assisting those individuals with alternative arrangements, focusing primarily on remote options.

The ABOS is closely monitoring the ongoing COVID-19 (coronavirus) situation. As of now, the ABOS is still moving forward as scheduled with the following 2020 ABOS assessments:

  • ABOS WLA (online assessment in April/May)
  • ABOS Part I Examination (July 9, 2020)
  • ABOS Oral Recertification Examinations (July 20, 2020)
  • ABOS Part II Oral Examinations (July 21-23, 2020)
  • ABOS Subspecialty Certification Examinations (August 11, 2020)
  • ABOS Computer-Based Recertification Examinations (August-September 2020)

The ABOS will continue to follow developments with this evolving issue and consult with the appropriate experts. If anything changes, affected Diplomates and Candidates will be contact via emailed and a message will be posted on the ABOS website. Please make sure your email address in the ABOS system is accurate. You can update it by logging in to your ABOS Diplomate Portal.


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