American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery

Application Instructions

Orthopaedic surgeons who have completed their residency education outside of the United States, please contact Sonya Parker. The following application instructions are only for those physicians who have completed residency education in the United States.

In order to take the Part I examination, an applicant must have completed an ACGME-accredited orthopaedic surgery residency education program by June 30th of the year of the Examination. If you will not complete residency by that date, please contact Sonya Parker.

For more information, including a link to the Rules and Procedures, click here. These Rules and Procedures set out the terms and conditions of the ABOS process of voluntary certification in orthopaedic surgery. The ABOS reserves the right to make changes in its rules and procedures at any time and without prior notice. An Applicant must meet the current qualification requirements at the time of application.

To access the ABOS Part I Examination, you must log in to your ABOS Dashboard. Once logged in, follow the prompts to complete the application. Applications must be submitted online by 4 pm ET on October 1, 2023. Complete information must be provided for all sections, and each item on the application form must have an entry.

First Time Takers: When you complete your application, an automated email will be sent to your Program Director . They will have to acknowledge your status and then it will be forwarded to ABOS for processing. The application must be submitted electronically no later than 4 pm ET on October 1, 2023, to avoid the $500 late fee. The late deadline is 4 pm ET on October 15, 2023.

You will receive an automated email notification when the online application is processed by the ABOS office. The ABOS office will not confirm receipt of the application by phone.

All qualified applicants will receive an email from the ABOS in May about how they can schedule their ABOS Part I Examination. It is the Candidate’s responsibility to schedule their Examination.


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