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Orthopaedic Surgery Education & Training

Orthopedic Surgery Education and Certification

An orthopaedic, foot and ankle fellowship trained lower extremity specialist is a medical doctor who completed an intense 5-year orthopaedic surgical residency and then pursued additional, advanced training in the treatment of leg, ankle, and foot disease. He or she has received 14 or more years of formal training and posses' surgical and non-surgical expertise in all areas of foot, ankle, and leg injury. Moreover, his or her experience with knee, hip, spine, shoulder, elbow, wrist, and hand disease affords a vast repository of knowledge and surgical skill that guides and aids in treatment of complex foot, ankle, and leg problems.

Medical Doctor - M.D.

3-4 years of study at College or University
4 years of study at Medical School

Has done at least 5 years of post graduate surgical training in orthopaedic surgery and/or general surgery

Many orthopaedic foot and ankle surgeons also complete advanced fellowship training in foot and ankle surgery


  • Written examination administered by America Board of Orthopaedic Surgeons (ABOS)www.abos.org.   The ABOS is a member specialty of the American Board of Medical Specialties, www.abms.org.
  • Oral examination administered by America Board of Orthopaedic Surgeons (MD's only)
  • Continued medical education required
  • Written and Oral exams
  • Continued medical education required (MUC)

Usual Treatment

Foot, Ankle, Leg, Knee, Hip, Spine, Shoulder, Elbow, Wrist, Hand

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