American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery


Frequently Asked Questions

The Subspecialty Certificate in Orthopaedic Sports Medicine is for Board Certified orthopaedic surgeons who have demonstrated added 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.

Applications and Case Lists are due by February 1 for that year’s examination.

There is an application fee of $450 and an examination fee of $1400.

The Examination Blueprints can be helpful when preparing for the Examination. You should also review the examination tutorial prior to the day of the examination.

Examinees will be at a Pearson Vue Test Centers for 4 1/2 hours which includes test taking, break, and tutorial time. There are 175 total items. You can view an Examination Overview by clicking on this link.

  • One-year ACGME accredited fellowship in orthopaedic sports medicine
  • Submit a one-year Case List 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 surgical procedure.
  • Successful completion of the 175 question examination.
  • Subspecialty certificate will expire when general certificate expires. Diplomate will then take a combined examination for recertification going forward.

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