Quick Tips: Hand Exam

  • The Hand Surgery Examination is a joint examination among the American Board of Plastic Surgery, Orthopaedic Surgery, and Surgery.
  • Representatives from the 3 boards construct a fair examination covering various aspects of hand surgery. 
  • The Hand Surgery Exam includes only those procedures performed on the upper extremity, distal to the elbow.
  • REQUIRED:
    • Be a diplomate of the ABPS
    • Be in active practice for at least 2 years following the completion of formal training
    • Commitment to practice of plastic surgery and/or hand surgery
    • Active, admitting hospital privileges in plastic surgery/hand surgery
    • All state medical licenses
    • All accreditation certificates from non-hospital outpatient surgical facilities.
    • 3 Peer Evaluations
    • Completion of ACGME-accredited, 12-month hand surgery fellowship
  • Case Lists are required for initial Hand certification only

 

  • REQUIRED
    • Diplomate of the ABPS with a Hand certificate
    • Current on MOC requirements
    • Commitment to practice of plastic surgery and/or hand surgery
    • Active, admitting hospital privileges in plastic surgery/hand surgery
    • All state medical licenses
    • All accreditation certificates from non-hospital outpatient surgical facilities.
    • 3 Peer Evaluations
  • Case Lists are NOT required for Hand Recertification

 

  • Yes.  Diplomates must complete the application process for both Hand & MOC.  However, only the Hand Examination is required to renew the two certificates.
  • Case Lists are not required for either renewal process.

 

  • Once the application is approved, the Reply Form will become available
  • REQUIRED:
    • Online Reply Form with credit card payment
    • Hospital appointment letters verifying active, admitting privileges in plastic surgery/hand surgery from all hospitals held during the examination.

 

  • Prometric Test Centers in the United States, Puerto Rico, and Canada.
  • Visit www.prometric.com for a list of locations.  The test sponsor = HSE - Hand Surgery Certification/Recertification Examination. 
  • The Board does not provide a study guide for this examination.

 

I. Basic Science
  A. Anatomy
  B. Mechanics
  C. Biology/Physiology/Healing
  D. Pathology/Tumors
  E. Diagnosis


II. Bone and Joint
  A. Fractures/Dislocations (including non-union/malunion)
  B. Arthritis
  C. Contractures
  D. Wrist Instability
  E. Osteonecrosis


III. Nerve – Muscle – Tendon
  A. Peripheral Nerve
  B. Central
  C. Brachial Plexus
  D. Muscle – Tendon


IV. Wound Management
  A. Physical Agents
  B. Coverage
  C. Nailbed/Fingertip
  D. Amputations


V. Vascular
  A. Injury and Repair
  B. Reconstruction
  C. Ischemia
  D. Malformations
  E. Replantation
  F. Lymphedema


VI. Rehabilitation
  A. Prosthetics
  B. Orthotics
  C. Physical Modalities/Therapy


VII. Miscellaneous
  A. Congenital Anomalies
  B. Infection
  C. Dystrophy/Pain
  D. Ethics and Professionalism
  E. Anesthetics

The Board does not provide a study guide for the
Hand Surgery Examination.