American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery

Application Instructions

  1. Read the Subspecialty in Orthopaedic Sports Medicine Rules and Procedures document.
  2. Log in to your Password-Protected Portal and click on the “Sports” tab at the top.
  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 current hospital/ surgery center staff appointments.
  6. Request letters of recommendation from those listed in item 8. Upload PDFs of the letters onto your application where indicated.
  7. 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 January 1, 2018 and January 31, 2020. (INITIAL SPORTS MEDICINE APPLICANTS ONLY)
  8. Finalize your Scribe Case List. Minimum case requirements must be met to finalize.
  9. Finalize the application.
  10. Complete and submit the information for the application and credentialing fee payment of $450 (Visa, Mastercard, or American Express).

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 and their MOC Part III assessment if taken in an applicable year. For more information, please contact your Certification Specialist.

Checklist:

  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 3. (Late deadline of February 17.)
  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 Prometric Testing Centers.
  10. Results available at abos.org in December.
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