AAOS One-Day Part II Board Preparation and Review

May 1, 2021, Virtual Course

Course #2103358

Registration closes on Friday, April 30 at 2:00pm CT

Course Registrants: Questions about accessing the online course content? See helpful resources at the link below.

Focus your preparation and gain confidence for the 2021 ABOS Part II Examination

Spend the day with Board-Certified Academy Fellows, working together to improve your cases and building plans for your successful case submission, presentation and defense. Understand Part II exam expectations through:

  • Faculty instruction on case preparation
  • Tips on handling complication cases
  • Examples of optimal case presentations
  • Discussion with questions and answers

Throughout the day, faculty will provide guidance on your cases and materials to ensure they are in-line with expectations. Work together towards a shared goal: Preparing to pass!

Update, March 11, 2021:

The ABOS recently announced their decision to offer the 2021 ABOS Part II Oral Examinations as a two-stage process. Stage 1 will require that documents and images for 12 cases be uploaded and submitted by June 11, 2021. Based on the ABOS’ evaluation and assessment in Stage 1, select candidates will be required to complete Stage 2 – the traditional oral examination during the week of October 17 – 21, 2021. For details on the new process, please visit ABOS.org.

What does this mean for you? We’ve pivoted, too! The course has been further tailored to prepare you for the new exam format.  

Presenting participants – You can now utilize your dedicated half-hour case presentation slot in a way that is most beneficial to you. Presenting two cases is no longer mandatory, but is still an option!

You can spend your time with fellowship-trained faculty to:

  • Identify Areas for Improvement: With time to update your case submissions prior to the June 11 case submission deadline, utilize the lessons learned and faculty feedback from this course to improve your submissions and increase your chances of a positive assessment in Stage 1.
  • Review Case Documentation*: Review the cases you plan to upload in June. Faculty will offer feedback and advice on your notes, documents, and images to ensure you are on-track to meet expectations at Stage 1 and reduce your chances of sitting for the oral examination.
  • Present*: Select the cases that challenge you most and present them in a mock oral examination to remain prepared if you are selected to complete the Stage 2 oral examination. Experience various questioning styles, get unfiltered feedback, uncover common mistakes, and formulate ways to bridge gaps in your defense.

*Time is guaranteed to review or present two patient cases from your ABOS Candidate Dashboard, available April 2021.

2020 participants reflected on their course experience, sharing the following feedback: 

  • "I ended up taking the oral exam in Oct. 2020. Even though the format changed, I found the prep course very useful, and I have been recommending it to colleagues who are doing their Part 2 in 2021. The fact that the course was virtual was also good preparation for the actual exam I took."
  • "I did not end up taking the oral exam in 2020, but I still found the course to be very helpful – especially in preparing the cases for submission!"
  • "The course still helped me on how to think about my cases and how to best present them in my written case summaries."
  • "I still thought the course was helpful as it was nice to hear how the faculty approached my cases. This made me critically think about everything I did and what I could do better in the future." 
  • "The course was still valuable, as it helps you gauge how your cases stack up to others and offers feedback on how to frame your cases, even in the description portion when submitting the 12 written case descriptions."
  • "I still found the course helpful. Dr. Swaroop went through all my worrisome cases with me and it helped me feel prepared to better answer the questions in the case summaries. I would recommend others to take the course especially if they are feeling uncertain about their cases." 

Not ready to review or present your cases? Or, not taking Part II in 2021? Be an Observer!

At a reduced rate, observing is a great opportunity to watch your peers, listen to feedback and faculty critique, and participate in the overview lectures. For those taking the exam in the future, guide your collection and preparation year and avoid mistakes early on.

Observing participants sit in on the overview lectures and watch as peers review and present real patient cases. All sessions will take place via video conferencing, where you can join the virtual presentations rooms to listen to feedback and faculty critique, and observe various questioning styles. Make note of common mistakes and formulate ways to avoid trouble to guide your own collection and preparation year.

In Case You Missed It! Recording Available: AAOS Part II 2022 Board Certification Preparation Webinar presented March 18, 2021
For those taking the exam in 2022, this recently presented webinar offers insights to help you get started on the year-long preparation process.
Webinar faculty break down the steps for you, sharing need-to-know updates from experts with years of experience interviewing and preparing exam candidates. This event offers a unique combination of exam basics, including tasks and deadlines, as well as what you need to be thinking about now as you collect and prepare your cases. Ensure you're aware of commonly made mistakes and learn how you can avoid them right out of the gate.

Offer available through March 25, 2021.
Content will be accessible through June 18, 2021. 
Members: $59 | Nonmembers: $79

To purchase the recording, please call AAOS Customer Service at 1-800-626-6726

Optional Add-On: One-on-One Consultation Sessions 

These private sessions are still available for purchase and are filling fast!

These sessions fill fast each year! Please check session availability on the “Program Details” tab.

For an additional fee, register for one 20-minute personalized session with a faculty member to ask additional questions beyond your presentation session to further improve your presentation and defense.

As the capacity for each session is very limited, registration is limited to one consultation slot per registrant.

Registration options for these sessions are shown during the check-out process and have an additional fee of $199.

Course Directors

Anish R. Kadakia, MD, FAAOS

Vineeta T. Swaroop, MD, FAAOS

Apurva Shah, MD, MBA, FAAOS

Brian M. Weatherford, MD, FAAOS

Course Faculty

Mark M. Dolan, MD, FAAOS
Jeffrey S. Earhart, MD, FAAOS
Brian T. Feeley, MD, FAAOS
Justin M. LaReau, MD, FAAOS
Nirav K. Pandya, MD, FAAOS
Dane H. Salazar, MD, FAAOS

Arjun S. Sebastian, MD
Chirag M. Shah, MD, FAAOS
Vehniah K. Tjong, MD, FAAOS
Scott Wagner, MD
Stephen J. Warner, MD, PhD
Daniel Zelazny, MD, FAAOS

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Registration Details

Room Selection for Presenting Participants
After registering, you will receive a link to indicate your preferred specialty-focused presentation room. 

Available Specialties:

Foot & Ankle
Hand/Upper Extremity

Room Selection for Observing Participants
After registering, you will receive an email to indicate your specialty room preference for initial case observation. Observing participants can switch specialty rooms throughout the course to experience various questioning styles and feedback.

Registration Rates


AAOS Member, Candidate Member, Associate Member, International Member
Presenter: $999
Observer: $699

Orthopaedic Resident, Post-Residency in Fellowship, U.S. Military
Presenter: $899
Observer: $599


Nonmember Orthopaedic Surgeon, International Nonmember, Other Physician Non-MD Practitioner, Non-Physician
Presenter: $1,099
Observer: $799