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 four 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 two 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 two-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 additional qualifications if they pass a standardized examination. This Certificate of Added Qualifications is not available for other orthopedic subspecialties.
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