American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery

Application Instructions

  1. Read the Subspecialty in Surgery of the Hand Rules and Procedures document.
  2. Log in to your Password-Protected Portal and click on the “Hand” 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 Hand Fellowship Certificate in item 6. (INITIAL HAND 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 hand cases for any consecutive 12 month period between January 1, 2018 and January 31, 2020. (INITIAL HAND 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).

Note: The ABOS allows Diplomates who qualify for the Initial Surgery of the Hand 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 for Subspecialty Certification in Surgery of the Hand

  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 hand and actively engaged in the practice of hand surgery in orthopaedics.
  4. Submit case list as specified in Rules and Procedures.
  5. Application available August 1 on your Password-Protected Portal.
  6. Apply through your Password-Protected Portal and submit fees by February 3. (Late deadline of February 17.)
  7. Receive email regarding letter of notification of admission to examination in April.
  8. Pay examination fee on your Password-Protected Portal by May 15.
  9. Scheduling permits posted in July to Password-Protected Portal. You will receive an email when they are posted.
  10. Examination administered at Prometric Testing Centers.
  11. Receive email notification of results posted on your Password-Protected Portal in December.
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