Prior to 1986, once orthopaedic surgeons became Board Certified, they were Board Certified for life. Starting in 1986, the initial Board Certification was valid for 10 years and then the orthopaedic surgeon had to successfully pass an examination to be recertified for an additional 10 years. Like all Member Boards of the American Board of Medical Specialties (ABMS), our Diplomates participate in Maintenance of Certification (MOC). Developed with input from the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS) and launched in 2010, MOC activities occur over a 10-year period and include Continuing Medical Education (CME) and Self-Assessment Examination (SAE) credits, a Case List, Peer Review, and an examination.
Scientific articles continue to show that certification and MOC are valuable to both physicians and patients. Below is a sampling of these articles:
Kopp JP, Ibáñez B, Jones AT, Pei X, Young A, Arnhart K, Rizzo AG, Buyske J. Association Between American Board of Surgery Initial Certification and Risk of Receiving Severe Disciplinary Actions Against Medical Licenses. JAMA Surg. 2020 Mar 18
Zhou Y, Sun H, Macario A, Keegan MT, Patterson AJ, Minhaj MM, Wang T, Harman AE, Warner DO. Association Between Participation and Performance in MOCA Minute and Actions Against the Medical Licenses of Anesthesiologists. Anesth Analg. 2019 Jun 24.
Kocher MS, Dichtel L, Kasser JR, Gebhardt MC, Katz JN. Orthopedic board certification and physician performance: an analysis of medical malpractice, hospital disciplinary action, and state medical board disciplinary action rates. Am J Orthop (Belle Mead NJ) 2008;37(2):73-5.
Hawkins RE, Lipner RS, Ham HP, Wagner R, Holmboe ES. American Board of Medical Specialties maintenance of certification: theory and evidence regarding the current framework. J Contin Educ Health Prof 2013 Fall;33 Suppl 1:S7-19.