Diane E. Payne, MD, Valuable Volunteer in Orthopaedic Surgery
Orthopaedic surgeon Diane E. Payne, MD, of Piedmont Orthopedics | OrthoAtlanta recently provided valuable volunteer experience to the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery (ABOS).
Dr. Payne served as a volunteer for the ABOS Blueprint Advisory Committee. Dr. Payne and several other leading surgeons from across the country collaborated to create a blueprint for the Practice-Profiled Recertification Examination in the area of Surgery of the Hand that reflects a current Orthopaedic Surgeon’s practice.
“We appreciate Dr. Payne taking time away from her practice to help the ABOS in this important endeavor,” said ABOS Executive Medical Director David F. Martin, MD. “We need subject matter experts like Dr. Payne to lend their expertise through knowledgeable evaluation.”
To achieve Board Certification from the ABOS, Dr. Payne first successfully completed a five-year residency program in orthopaedic surgery which was accredited by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) and then passed the rigorous ABOS Part I Examination, a comprehensive computer-based examination encompassing all facets of the field of orthopaedic surgery.
Following that examination, Dr. Payne’s clinical competence was evaluated through a credentialing process and the ABOS Part II Oral Examination. After providing ABOS with a Case List of all surgeries performed over a six-month period, experienced surgeons selected 12 of these cases to comprise Dr. Payne’s Part II Oral Examination. Specific skills that are evaluated during that examination include data gathering and interpretive skills, diagnostic skills, treatment expertise, technical skills, patient outcomes, and applied orthopaedic and medical knowledge.
After passing both the written and oral examinations, Dr. Payne achieved ABOS Board Certification in Orthopaedic Surgery and is now considered a Diplomate of the ABOS. In order to maintain ABOS Board Certification, a Diplomate must pass a recertification examination, receive positive reviews from peers in their practice area, have a selected period of surgical cases evaluated, and participate in continuing medical education.
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.