Doctor Titles, What Do They Mean?

"F.A.B.O.S", "F.A.A.O.S" - These letters look like alphabet soup, but what do they mean? The letters "F.A.B.O.S." indicate that all our physicians are board-certified, or a Fellow of the American Board of Orthopedic Surgery. In order to begin the process of becoming ABOS-certified, a surgeon must have met the following educational criteria:

  1. Be a graduate of an accredited 4 year medical school
  2. Have successfully completed a minimum of 5 year (60 month) accredited orthopedic residency program in the US or Canada

Additionally, orthopedic surgeon applicants must successfully complete an extensive written and oral examination based on peer review of his own practice.

The letters F.A.A.O.S. indicate that all our doctors are Fellows of the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgery. The Academy was founded in 1933, and it is the preeminent provider of musculoskeletal education to orthopedic surgeons in the world. The Academy provides continuing medical education opportunities so that orthopedic surgeons stay up to date on research and techniques to best benefit their patients. To be a fellow of the Academy, a surgeon must be current on educational advancements in the field and adhere to high standards of professional conduct.


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