AAOS Now, August 2016
The Surgeon As Executive
For most orthopaedic surgeons in clinical practice, medicine is a singular calling. Care of patients and all that entails constitute a career that offers more than enough challenges, rewards, and personal fulfillment to provide a lifetime of professional satisfaction. Like many people, however, physicians have interests and talents outside of "the job."
Making Sense of Maintenance of Certification
Since 1986, maintenance of certification (MOC) has been a major issue for orthopaedic surgeons. It was then that the American Board of Medical Specialties (ABMS)—the governing board for medical specialties such as orthopaedics—introduced the MOC concept. As a result, the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery (ABOS)—one of the ABMS member boards—began developing a unique certification pathway for orthopaedic surgeons.