American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery

Visiting Scholars

The American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery (ABOS) has partnered with The American Board of Medical Specialties (ABMS) on its Visiting Scholars Program. Junior faculty, residents/fellows, individuals holding advanced degrees in public health, health services research, and other relevant disciplines apply to participate in this exciting and dynamic, one-year, part-time program facilitating research projects related to Board Certification and Maintenance of Certification. In addition to the research project, scholars are exposed to the fields of professional assessment and education, health policy, and quality improvement and are offered the opportunity to develop leadership skills critical to their own professional growth and success.

June 17, 2024, is the application deadline for the 2024-2025 cohort. More information can be found here.

Informational flier

In the video below, former Visiting Scholar Dr. Sandeep Mannava discusses the program. Dr. Mannava also speaks about the program on the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery Podcast.

ABMS-ABOS Visiting Scholars


Erik Fritz, MD, Orthopaedic Surgery Resident, University of Minnesota (Minneapolis, MN)

Project: Assessing the Accuracy of the Examination Linking Between the Orthopaedic In-Training Examination and the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery Certifying Examination Part I


Thomas Utset-Ward, MD, MBA, Resident, Department of Orthopedic Surgery, The University of Chicago (Chicago, IL)

Project: Pilot Study on the Use of the ABOS Surgical Skills Assessment Tool to Inform Resident Milestones in the First Year of Milestones 2.0


Melvin Makhni, MD, MBA, Spine Surgeon/Instructor, Brigham and Women's Hospital, Harvard Medical School (Boston, Massachusetts)

Project: Perspectives and Economic Impact of Transition to Virtual-Based Orthopaedic Board Examinations


Jacquelyn Dunahoe, MD, Resident Physician, University of Washington (Seattle, Washington)

Project: The Impact of Orthopaedic Surgical Training and Practice Characteristics on Patient Reported Outcomes


Rachel Frank, MD, Assistant Professor, University of Colorado, Denver, Colorado

Project: Is there a Ceiling Effect in Virtual Reality Orthopaedic Surgical Simulators? A Prospective Clinical Trial


Amy Cizik, PhD, MPH, Research Assistant Professor, Department of Orthopaedics and Sports Medicine, University of Washington, Seattle, WA

Project: Using Patient-Reported Outcome Measures for Practice Improvement in the Certification and Recertification of Orthopaedic Surgeons


Johnathan Bernard, MD, MPH, Attending, Sports Medicine and Shoulder Surgery, National Sports Medicine Institute, Ashburn, VA and Johns Hopkins Medical Institutions, Baltimore, MD

Project: The Role of Orthopaedic Surgery Milestones in Assessing Competency of Technical and Arthroscopic Skill of Residents; Development of a Cadaveric Surgical Model on Meniscal Injuries using Arthroscopic Video and Surgeon Point of View Recording


Sandeep Mannava, MD, PhD, Sports Medicine Fellow, Steadman-Philippon Research Institute, Vail, CO

Project: The Evolving Role of Simulation-based Surgery Training in Orthopaedic Surgery


Benjamin Wooster, MD, Duke University, Orthopaedic Surgery Resident, Durham, NC

Project: Does Anatomic Knowledge Correlate with Surgical Competency? A Multi-center Study.


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