Dr. Michelle James Beginning Final Year at American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery

Dr. Michelle James

Michelle James, MD, Chief of Orthopaedic Surgery at Shriners Hospital for Children Northern California, is entering her 10th—and final—year on the Board of Directors at the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery (ABOS).

“I have enjoyed my nine years on the Board of Directors, especially spending my time focusing on the next generation of orthopaedic surgeons,” said James.

Her work on the Board has focused on the education of residents (those training to become orthopaedic surgeons) and those physicians who focus on hand surgery. She currently sits on the Subspecialty Certification, Graduate Medical Education, Written Exam and Research committees.

The Subspecialty Committee oversees subspecialty certification of orthopaedic surgeons; this advanced level of certification is available in Sports Medicine and Hand Surgery. The Graduate Medical Education Committee develops and maintains criteria for resident and fellow education in orthopaedic surgery and orthopaedic specialties. The Research Committee evaluates, approves and manages research projects that study orthopaedic education and practice.

After completing their residency, orthopaedic surgeons who want to be certified take a written examination through ABOS. Those who pass become board eligible and two years later take an ABOS oral examination in which they discuss recent cases with veteran orthopaedic surgeons. If they pass that examination and meet other requirements, they become board certified for 10 years. During that time period, there are requirements to maintain their certification and must pass an examination every decade.

As part of her Board service, Dr. James has served on the Residency Review Committee of the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education for six years, and is in her fourth year as a member of the Ethics and Professionalism Committee of the American Board of Medical Specialties.

The Board consists of 21 members which include 12 Active Directors, six Senior Directors, two Directors-Elect, and one Public Member Director. All members serve one seven-year term with most serving an additional three years as Senior Directors. The Public Member Director serves a three-year term. Nominations come from the American Orthopaedic Association, the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, and the American Medical Association. Each organization nominates four physicians two out of every three years and the Board votes for one candidate from each slate. For a full list of members, please visit here.

The American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery, Inc. was founded in 1934 as a private, voluntary, nonprofit, independent organization to serve the best interests of the public and the medical profession. These interests are achieved through the ABOS by establishing standards for the education of orthopaedic surgeons. These standards are evaluated by the ABOS through examinations and practice evaluations. More information can be found at abos.org.

Shriners Hospitals for Children is devoted to transforming the lives of children through excellence in treatment, teaching and research.  Located at 2425 Stockton Boulevard in Sacramento, Shriners Hospitals for Children – Northern California provides care to children with orthopaedic conditions, spinal cord injuries, burns, cleft lip, scars from any cause and other complex surgical needs. There are no barriers to care as admission is based on age and diagnosis.   Care is provided regardless of the family’s ability to pay. For further information call (916) 453-2000.

Media Contact: Catherine Curran | Public Relations (916) 453-2218 | ccurran@shrinenet.org


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