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AAOS

The American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons

Founded in 1933, the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS) is the preeminent provider of musculoskeletal education to orthopaedic surgeons and others in the world. Its continuing medical education activities include a world-renowned Annual Meeting and multiple continuing medical education courses held around the country . The AAOS also publishes various medical and scientific publications as well as electronic media materials. A traditional symbol of orthopaedics is the bent tree that has been braced to make it grow straight. Since orthopaedics’ beginnings, its specialists have treated children suffering from spine and limb deformities. The Greek roots of the word “orthopaedics” are ortho (straight) and pais (child). Early orthopaedists often used braces or other forms of treatment to make the child “straight.”

 Members of the AAOS, called fellows, are orthopaedic surgeons who are specialized doctors who diagnose, care and treat musculoskeletal conditions. The scope of treatment for orthopaedic surgeons includes disorders of the bones, ligaments, muscles, nerves and tendons. Orthopaedic surgeons are trained to manage traumatic and acquired disorders of the spine, upper extremity and lower extremity. To become an active fellow of The American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS), surgeons must be board certified by The American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery (ABOS), possess a full and unlimited medical license and practice in the United States or Canada. Applicants submit to a stringent review process prior to admittance to the AAOS. Currently there are over 17,000 active members and an additional 18,000 members in various other categories of membership (international, basic science, resident candidate members etc.)

 

AOA

 

The American Orthopaedic Association

At the AOA core are the solid and consistent ideal of its mission: “To identify, develop, engage and recognize leadership to further the art and science of orthopaedics”. Founded in 1887, the AOA is the oldest and most distinguished orthopaedic association in the world. It has been the parent of several major orthopaedic organizations. Membership in the AOA is achieved by those who have made a significant contribution to education, research, and the practice of orthopaedic surgery. Currently the AOA has over 1,500 members. The AOA is the only orthopaedic organization that so strongly emphasizes a single theme of purpose: leadership in orthopaedic. The quality the AOA’s programs demonstrates that the organization is committed to nothing less than perfection in addressing this focus

 

AOFAS

American Orthopaedic Foot & Ankle Society

Orthopaedic foot and ankle surgeons are medical doctors (MD and DO) who specialize in the diagnosis, care, and treatment of patients with disorders of the musculoskeletal system of the foot and ankle. This includes the bones, joints, ligaments, muscles, tendons, nerves and skin. Orthopaedic foot and ankle surgeons use medical, physical and rehabilitative methods as well as surgery to treat patients of all ages. They perform reconstructive procedures, treat sports injuries, and manage and treat trauma of the foot and ankle. Orthopaedic foot and ankle surgeons work with physicians of many other specialties, including internal medicine, pediatrics, podiatry, vascular surgery, endocrinology, radiology, anesthesiology, and others. Medical school curriculum and post-graduate training provides the solid clinical background necessary to recognize medical problems, admit patients to a hospital when necessary, and contribute significantly to the coordination of care appropriate for each patient.

Active members of the AOFAS have completed four years of medical school. The medical school curriculum covers basic and clinical sciences, surgery, internal medicine, pediatrics, family medicine and all other specialties. Active members have also completed a minimum of five years of accredited graduate medical education (known as residency) in orthopaedic surgery. Many orthopaedic foot and ankle surgeons have also completed advanced fellowship training in foot and ankle surgery. All members must have successfully passed the national licensing examinations. The USMLE Part I is taken after the second year of medical, Part II is taken during the fourth year of medical school and Part III is taken during the first year of graduation medical education. Active members must also be board certified in orthopaedic surgery and must hold a membership in the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS).

 

ABOS

The American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery

Orthopaedics is the broad based medical and surgical specialty dedicated to the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of diseases and injuries of the musculoskeletal system. The frequency and impact of these diseases and injuries combined with recent advances in their diagnosis and treatment make orthopaedics a critical part of health care. The areas of orthopaedic surgery include: Pediatric Orthopaedics, Sports Medicine, Joint Replacement and Surgery in Arthritis, Foot and Ankle, Hand Surgery, Shoulder and Elbows, Spine, Trauma and Fractures, Musculoskeletal Oncology, Rehabilitation, Arthroscopy and Arthroscopic Surgery.

 

What is the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery?

The American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery (ABOS), Inc. was founded in 1934 as a private, voluntary, nonprofit, independent organization to serve the best interests of the public and the medical profession. There interests are achieved through the ABOS by establishing standards for the education of orthopaedic surgeons. These standards are evaluated by the ABOS through examinations and practice evaluations. The American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery is one of twenty-four certifying boards that have met the educational and organizational requirements necessary for membership in the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery are distinguished orthopaedic surgeons who are active in patient care, education and research.

 

What Does it Mean to be Board Certified by the ABOS?

Certification by the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery means that the orthopaedic surgeon has met the specified educational, evaluation, and examination requirements of the Board. Initial certification requires completion of an orthopaedic surgery residency and successful completion of a written and oral examination. Since 1986, the ABOS has issued time limited certificates. Those orthopaedic surgeons who were certified in 1986 and thereafter must maintain their certification by completing 120 hours of pertinent continuing medical education, undergoing a stringent peer review process to make certain they are respected by their peers and practicing ethical orthopaedic surgery. The recertifying candidate must pass a written or oral examination. This maintenance of certification process must be repeated every seven to 10 years.

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