Surgery of the Hand
The Subspecialty Certificate in Surgery of the Hand is for Board-Certified orthopaedic surgeons who have demonstrated qualifications in hand surgery beyond those expected of other orthopaedic surgeons by virtue of additional training and a practice characterized by volume and diversity of cases in hand surgery or have made significant contributions to this field.
The examination is developed and administered by the Joint Committee on Surgery of the Hand of the American Boards of Orthopaedic Surgery, Plastic Surgery, and Surgery.
Applicants must have completed a one year ACGME accredited fellowship in surgery of the hand to qualify. In addition, a one year case list must be submitted which meets the required number of cases in 5 of 9 categories.
Applications are available online each November 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 surgery of the hand.
Candidates who have met all the requirements and have passed the examination will receive a Hand 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.