American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery

Case Lists

Applicants must upload a six-month case list. Candidates collect cases online using the same user ID and password that they created to access the Part II application. Candidates list all of their operative cases from April 1 through September 30 of the year prior to the exam. By the end of October, the candidates case list must be uploaded and finalized.

The Board selects 12 cases to present at the examination. Candidates upload all pertinent materials on these 12 cases. The examination consists of two hours of examination time, divided into four 25 minute periods with two examiners in each period. During each examination period, candidates present their cases and examiners ask questions on these cases and others on their case lists. Specific skills that are evaluated are data gathering and interpretive skills, diagnosis, treatment, technical skill, outcomes, and applied knowledge.

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