American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery

Application Instructions

  1. For more information, including a link to the Rules and Procedures, click here.
  2. Log in to your Diplomate Dashboard and click on “Subspecialty Certification” on the orange left-hand menu.
  3. Open the application and enter all requested information.
  4. Select your fellowship from the drop-down menu. Upload a PDF copy of your Sports Medicine Fellowship Certificate in item 6. (INITIAL SPORTS MEDICINE APPLICANTS ONLY)
  5. List all stage medical licenses you have held since residency. Physicians practicing in Canada, give information on Provincial Licenses.
  6. Check the box most applicable to your current practice.
  7. List current hospital/surgery center staff appointments.
  8. Request letters of recommendation from those listed in item 11. Upload PDFs of the letters onto your application where indicated.
  9. Answer questions 11-20.
  10. ‘Agree to Terms and Conditions by clicking each box.
  11. Save the Application.
  12. Open the Scribe Case List program and enter the requested information for all of your sports medicine cases for any consecutive 12-month period between February 1, 2022 and February 1, 2024. (INITIAL SPORTS MEDICINE APPLICANTS ONLY)
  13. Finalize your Scribe Case List. Minimum case requirements must be met to finalize.
  14. Submit the Application. The link to pay the Application Fee will appear. Enter your credit card information for the application and credentialing fee payment of $450 (Visa, Mastercard, or American Express).
  15. A receipt will be emailed to you.

Please allow 3-4 weeks for processing.

Note: The ABOS allows Diplomates who qualify for the Initial Orthopaedic Sports Medicine Subspecialty Examination to utilize that Examination as  their MOC Part III assessment if taken in an applicable year. For more information, please contact your Certification Specialist.


  1. Pass Part I and Part II.
  2. Maintain a full and unrestricted license to practice medicine.
  3. Have completed a one-year ACGME-accredited fellowship in sports medicine and actively engaged in the practice of orthopaedic sports medicine.
  4. Submit case list as specified in Rules and Procedures.
  5. Apply online and submit fees by February 1. (Late deadline of February 15.)
  6. Receive letter of notification of admission to exam in April.
  7. Pay examination fee by May 15.
  8. Scheduling permits posted in July.
  9. Examination administered at Pearson Vue Test Centers.
  10. Results available at in December.

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