Hand CAQ

The American Osteopathic Board of Orthopedic Surgery (AOBOS) recognizes the need for Certificates of Added Qualifications (CAQ) for various orthopedic subspecialties. At this time the only CAQ available is Hand Surgery. The AOBOS offers the same service to any other subspecialty that expresses sufficient interest and need for such an exam.

CertificationThe examination is one hundred (100) multiple-choice questions. The questions are taken from all areas of hand surgery, and the source material is not limited to any particular text or journal.

The Hand Surgery CAQ examination is given every other year (in even years) at the Annual Clinical Assembly on an as needed basis.

The American Osteopathic Association (AOA) and the American Osteopathic Academy of Orthopedics (AOAO) have established guidelines to follow for Osteopathic Subspecialty Residency Training in Hand Surgery. Please review the information in the Basic Standards for Osteopathic Subspecialty Residency Training in Hand Surgery document.

All other necessary information and application documents regarding the certification process are contained within the Candidates for Certification of Added Qualification (CAQ) in Hand Surgery. Please read it carefully! If your Handbook does not have this year's date, you should check the website for updated versions.

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