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Subspecialty Certificate in Surgery of the Hand

Although ASSH requires the successful completion of the Subspecialty Certificate in Surgery of the Hand (formerly CAQ Hand) for admission to Active membership, ASSH does not administer the exam.
General Requirements

Requirements* to take the Subspecialty Certificate in Surgery of the Hand


  • General certification by American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery, American Board of Plastic Surgery or American Board of Surgery.*
  • Active practice of surgery of the hand for at least two years, in the same location, following the completion of any formal education.
  • Current, valid, registered, full and unrestricted license to practice medicine in the United States and/or Canada.
  • Adherence to ethical and professional standards.
  • Active engagement in the practice of hand surgery.
  • Completion of a one year ACGME accredited fellowship in surgery of the hand.
  • Submission of a list of cases of surgery of the hand managed during a consecutive 12 month period within the two years preceding application, in at least six of nine categories.
  • Adherence to all other requirements as set forth by the applicant’s certifying board.
  • The American Osteopathic Board of Surgery (AOBOS) administers its own version of the exam. Requirements, timing, and test administration are slightly different than the exam given by the other boards. Consult with the AOBOS for specific requirements.

NOTE:  Rules and procedures are subject to change.  Please consult your certifying board for the most up-to-date information as well as timelines for application.

For more information and/or to apply, contact your certifying board.

ABOS: www.abos.org; (919) 929-7103
ABS: www.absurgery.org; (215) 568-4000
ABPS: www.abplsurg.org; (215) 587-9322

AOBOS: www.aobos.org; (877) 982-6267

 

Find the Appropriate Board
American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery (ABOS) - Administers the Subspecialty Certificate in Surgery of the Hand (formerly CAQ Hand) to orthopaedic surgeons.

400 Silver Cedar Court
Chapel Hill, NC 27514
Phone: 919/929-7103

American Board of Plastic Surgery (ABPS) - Administers the Subspecialty Certificate in Surgery of the Hand (SOTH) (formerly CAQ Hand) to plastic surgeons.

Seven Penn Center
1635 Market Street, #400
Philadelphia, PA 19103-2204
Phone: 215/587-9322

Download the ASSH SOTH Exam Tip Sheet, prepared by the ASSH's Publications and Products Advisory Committee.
 
American Board of Surgery (ABS) - Administers the Subspecialty Certificate in Surgery of the Hand (formerly CAQ Hand) to general surgeons.

1617 John F. Kennedy Boulevard, #860
Philadelphia, PA 19103-1847
Phone: 215/568-4000

American Osteopathic Board of Orthopedic Surgery (AOBOS) - Administers the Subspecialty Certificate in Surgery of the Hand (formerly CAQ Hand) to osteopathic surgeons.

800 Military Street, Suite 307
Port Huron, MI 48060

Phone: 877-982-6267

 

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