Frequently Asked Questions
Who should apply for a Subspecialty Examination?
The ABOS Subspecialty Certificate in Surgery of the Hand is for Board Certified orthopaedic surgeons who have demonstrated added qualifications in hand surgery or microvascular 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.
What is the application deadline?
Applications and Case Lists are due by February 1 for that year’s examination.
What fees are associated with the examination?
There is an application fee of $450 and an examination fee of $1400.
How can I prepare for the examination?
The Examination Blueprint can be helpful when preparing for the Examination. You should also review the examination tutorial prior to the day of the examination.
How long are the Initial Hand Subspecialty Examination?
Examinees will be at a Prometric Testing Center for 4 1/2 hours which includes test taking, break, and tutorial time. There are 175 total items. You can view an Examination Overview by clicking on this link.
What are the requirements for Surgery of the Hand Subspecialty Certificate?
• One-year ACGME accredited fellowship in surgery of the hand.
• Submit a one-year Case List that meets required number of cases in 5 of 9 surgery of the hand categories.
• Successful completion of the 175 question examination.
• Subspecialty certificate will expire when general certificate expires. Diplomate will then take a combined examination for recertification going forward.