Hand Surgery Exam

The Hand Surgery Examination (HSE) is developed and administered by the Joint Committee on Hand Surgery. The Joint Committee consists of Directors from the American Boards of Orthopaedic Surgery, Plastic Surgery, and Surgery.

The examination was first administered in 1989, and subsequent examinations are administered annually.

The examination consists of multiple-choice questions designed to evaluate the diplomate's cognitive knowledge of clinical Hand Surgery and the basic science relevant to Hand Surgery. 


Hand Surgery is the special field of medicine that includes the investigation, preservation, and restoration by medical, surgical, and rehabilitative means of all structures of the upper extremity directly affecting the form and function of the hand and wrist.



2018 HSE Booklet of Information

2018 HSE Clinical Case Log Manual

2018 HSE Application Cover Letter for Certification

2018 HSE Application Cover Letter for Recertification

Hand Exam Process & Requirements

FAQs: Hand Surgery Exam Candidates

Important Dates & Deadlines

Exam Content

Exam Tutorial


Case Collection - Applicable to initial certification applicants only

Clinical Case Log Manual