Orthopaedic Sports Medicine
The Subspecialty Certificate in Orthopaedic Sports Medicine is for Board-Certified orthopaedic surgeons who have demonstrated qualifications in sports medicine beyond those expected of other orthopaedic surgeons by virtue of additional training, a practice characterized by a volume of cases in sports medicine, or have made significant contributions to this field.
The examination for the Subspecialty Certificate in Orthopaedic Sports Medicine is developed and administered by the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery.
Applicants must have completed a one year ACGME accredited fellowship in orthopaedic sports medicine. In addition, a one year case list must be submitted of at least 115 operative cases and 10 non-operative cases. Seventy five of the 115 operative cases must involve arthroscopy as a component of the procedure.
Applications are available online each August and the examination is given the following fall by computer at Prometric Testing Centers nationwide. This is a four hour examination consisting of approximately 175 multiple-choice questions designed to evaluate the candidate's cognitive knowledge relevant to sports medicine.
Candidates who have met all the requirements and have passed the examination will receive a Sports Medicine Subspecialty Certificate issued by the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery which is valid for 10 years, provided that their general Board Certification in Orthopaedic Surgery remains current. After receiving the subspecialty certificate, it is recommended that you take a combined examination when your general Certificate expires.