Dr. O'Neill Once Again Tapped As Board Examiner July 2011
February 9, 2011
While not exactly heavy lifting, leaving New Hampshire and going to Chicago for a week in the middle of July is not what most of us would choose to do. That is precisely though, what Dr. O’Neill, orthopaedic surgeon at The Alpine Clinic, will be doing as once again he has been asked by the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery (ABOS) to be an oral examiner. This honor is bestowed upon a small percentage of accomplished surgeons who are nominated by their peers. They are then charged with questioning young doctors who are trying to get over the last hurdle to be fully qualified orthopaedic surgeons. Often considered the most stressful events of their careers, these doctors are quizzed on cases they have performed as well as any and all aspects of medicine and surgery. They have already taken multiple written tests and completed a long hospital residency program, now they try to display their knowledge for Dr. O’Neill and the other examiners. “I feel bad that everyone is so nervous, but my job is to make sure they know their stuff. If they can handle the pressure in an operating room this should be fairly easy” says Dr. O’Neill. “We have all been there, and in fact we all have to sit either a written or oral exam every ten years to remain board qualified, so the testing actually never ends”.
The American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery is one of twenty-four certifying boards for physicians and was founded in 1934. It serves to establish standards for the education of orthopaedic surgeons. Dr. O’Neill has is a board-certified Orthopaedic Surgeon who is now in his 22nd year of practice here in New Hampshire.
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