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ONLINE HANDBOOKS

PDF Requirements for Board Certification

PDF Handbook for Candidates for Board Certification

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Online Application Forms

The following forms are for Candidates for Board Certification.

Application for Written Examination

Application for Oral Examination

Application for Clinical Examination

PDF Preparation of Logs

PDF Change of Address

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WinZIP Tutorial Application

Unzip the file using WinZIP (or another file compression utility), and double-click "InstallFREDV2AOBOS...Prac" icon to install the tutorial.

Excel Clinical Exam Log

Right-click and select "Save Target As", complete the log and e-mail the final result to AOBOS.

Requirements for Board Certification

Board Certification in Orthopedic Surgery from the American Osteopathic Board of Orthopedic Surgery (AOBOS), requires completion of a written examination, an oral examination, and a clinical review, consisting of a chart audit and observation of surgical cases.

CertificationThe applicant must meet minimum requirements outlined in the Handbook section on Requirements for Board Certification to be eligible for certification in Orthopedic Surgery by the American Osteopathic Association and be recommended by the American Osteopathic Board of Orthopedic Surgery.

Beginning in 1994, certification is time limited to ten (10) years. The AOBOS – OCC Cycle Examination (formerly Recertification) information is available through another page on this website.

All the necessary information and application documents regarding the certification process are contained within the Handbook for Candidates for Board Certification. Please read it carefully! If your Handbook does not have this year's date, you should check the website for updated versions.

Getting Certified

Certification: Application for Written Examination

To send an Application for Written Examination to the AOBOS, fill out the form from "Online Application Forms". You must submit via check or credit card an examination fee of one thousand six hundred fifty dollars ($1,650.00).

Certification: Application for Oral Examination

To send an Application for Oral Examination to the AOBOS, fill out the form from "Online Application Forms". You must submit via check or credit card an examination fee of one thousand six hundred fifty dollars ($1,650.00).

Certification: Application for Clinical Examination

To send an Application for Clinical Examination to the AOBOS, fill out the form from "Online Application Forms". You must submit via check or credit card an examination fee of three thousand dollars ($3,000.00).

You Must Also Submit Via Mail the Following:

  • Digital and printed copy of the surgical log. This log shall include all major cases performed for at least (12) twelve consecutive months since entering orthopedic practice using the most recent 12 to 24-month period. To be accepted - NO LESS THAN 200 MAJOR CASES must be documented.  These cases should be the most recent months prior to your application for the exam (ending within six months of the application deadline).  The 200 major case requirement must be from a single geographic location.
  • A completed log summary sheet (found in Excel Clinical Log Template file).
  • A Hospital Location sheet (found in your Handbook for Candidates for Board Certification).
  • A copy of your unrestricted state license.    
  • Copy of Fellowship Certificate, if applicable.

For Summer Examination the Deadline for Application is February 15 - Logs received after February 15th will be returned.

For Winter Examination the Deadline for Application is August 15 - Logs received after August 15th will be returned.

The Application for clinical examination and your logs will be reviewed by the Board and notification of acceptance or denial will be given approximately two (2) months prior to the examination.

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