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 this exam.

General requirements to take the exam:

  • 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.