What kind of training does an orthopedic surgeon have?
After earning their Bachelor's degree with undergraduate coursework in biology, chemistry, anatomy or another related field, future orthopedic surgeons will complete 4 additional years of medical school, as well as an orthopedic surgery residency program.
An orthopedic surgeon is a medical doctor who diagnoses and treats conditions concerning the musculoskeletal system. They are required to undergo at least 14-15 years of formal education accompanied by extensive learning and training as follows:
After the orthopedic residency training, the candidates need to undergo 2 years of practice in the field before sustaining their final exam in order to become a Diplomate of the American Board of Orthopedic Surgery, which is part of the American Board of Medical Specialties. After successfully going through this 2-step examination (written and oral), they will receive the Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine degree. This certification needs to be renewed every 7-10 years by sustaining a written and oral exam which will re-assess the surgeon’s proficiency in orthopedics.
Orthopedic surgeons who specialize in sports medicine and hand surgery can get an additional qualification if they pass a standardized examination. This Certificate of Added Qualifications is not available for other orthopedic subspecialties.