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ABSS Certification Examination

ABSS Board Certification Examination Process

After submission of an application for certification and all of the required accompanying materials, the application is sent to the Credentials Committee for review and approval. Upon approval by the Credentials Committee, an applicant may register for the Part I Written Examination.

Following approval for the Part I Written Examination, an applicant may apply for Part II Oral Examination. However, the Oral Examination cannot be taken until the applicant has passed the Written Examination.

Both the Part I Written and Part II Oral Examinations must be passed independently in order to receive certification.

Part I Written Examination

Requirements

  1. In order to qualify to begin the process of ABSS certification, Part I, Written Examination, an orthopaedic surgeon or neurological surgeon must have obtained certification or have at least passed Part I of the examination process of the American Board of Neurological Surgery or the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery.
  2. Successful completion of a twelve-month approved spine fellowship program, or have resident training and experience deemed to be equivalent to a twelve-month approved spine fellowship program.
  3. Full and unrestricted license to practice medicine in the United States or Canada, or be engaged in full-time practice in the United States federal government for which licensure is not required.
  4. Two letters of reference from the directory of the residency program, the director of the spine fellowship program, the Chief of Surgery or equivalent, or someone in a position of authority who is familiar with your work and is knowledgeable and qualified to evaluate and comment on your performance.

Fee

$950.00

Schedule

The Part I Written Examination is given three times each year in February, June, and November in order to allow time to apply for the Part II Oral Examination if warranted. Please check the website, www.ptcny.com/clients/ABSS, for the exact dates and application deadlines.

Handbook and Application Forms

Application Cover Letter:  It is important to get a copy of the Application Cover Letter to assist you in preparing supporting documentation to accompany your application.  Download ABSS Application Cover Letter.

Handbook and Application Form for the Part I Written Examination is available online as PDF form. Download ABSS Handbook and Application PDF

Part II Oral Examination

Requirements

  1. Candidates must have been continuously and actively in the practice of spine surgery in the United States, its territories, Canada or a U.S. service installation for 22 months immediately prior to the examination. Of the 22 months, twelve consecutive months must be in one location. Time spent in fellowships cannot be counted. Candidates must also hold a full and unrestricted license to practice medicine in the U.S. or Canada, or be in full-time practice employed by the U.S. Federal Government.
  2. Current letters of recommendation as described above for Part I Written Examination, unless you are applying for Part I and Part II in the same year or within one year of each other.
  3. Full and unrestricted license to practice medicine in the United States or Canada, or be engaged in full-time practice in the United States federal government for which licensure is not required.
  4. Documentation of length of practice in spine surgery, indicating at least the minimum of 2 years.
  5. Submission of a list of all surgical cases for the six consecutive months starting one year prior to the examination. The Board will select 12 cases from the list. Of the 12 cases, the candidate will pick 10 cases to present at the examination.

Fee

$1,500.00

Schedule

Part II Oral Examination is given once each year, usually at the North American Spine Society (NASS) Annual Conference. Please check the website, www.ptcny.com/clients/ABSS, for the exact date and application deadline.

Handbook and Application Forms

Application forms for the Part II Oral Examination may only be obtained by request from the Executive Office. Contact ABSS for Part II Oral Examination Forms

Handbook for Candidates and Application Forms