American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery

ABOS Knowledge, Skills, and Behavior Program

ABOS KSB Program

The American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery’s (ABOS) mission is to protect the public by setting standards for competence and education through each stage of an Orthopaedic Surgeon’s career, beginning with residency training. The ABOS has launched the ABOS Knowledge, Skills, and Behavior (ABOS KSB) Program to assist Orthopaedic Resident Education Programs in supporting this mission.

Graduate medical education is transitioning from time-based programs for the acquisition of knowledge and skills to promoting competency-based curricula. Validated tools to measure competency are critical to this transition. The ABOS KSB Program provides a system for measuring the acquisition of skills and the effectiveness of residency education by assessing competency and providing feedback to Orthopaedic Residents and Program Directors in real-time. This program has been developed in collaboration with the American Orthopaedic Association (AOA), the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME), the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS), and Orthopaedic Residency Programs across the county. This program benefits residents, programs, and ultimately, patients.

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If you have any questions, please contact Mona Saniei, ABOS KSB Program Specialist.


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