What is an FAAOS Qualified Orthopedic Surgeon?

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June 18, 2024
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Choosing an orthopedic surgeon can feel overwhelming. You want the best possible care for your bones and joints. Rest assured, Dr. Stowell’s FAAOS designation serves as an extra measure of confidence as your orthopedic doctor specializing in shoulder and elbow conditions.

The American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS) helps patients make the right choice by setting high standards for orthopaedic surgeons, ensuring their expertise and ethics. Look for surgeons with “FAAOS” after their name – this means they’ve met the AAOS’s rigorous requirements. By choosing an FAAOS-designated surgeon, you gain peace of mind knowing you’re in qualified hands.

Why the FAAOS Designation Matters:

The FAAOS designation sets your orthopaedic surgeon apart. It signifies them as:

  • The leader of your musculoskeletal care team: They have the expertise to guide your treatment plan.
  • Highly skilled and experienced: They’ve undergone rigorous training and possess advanced knowledge in diagnosing and treating musculoskeletal conditions.
  • Committed to excellence: They demonstrate a dedication to ongoing learning and upholding the highest professional standards.

By choosing an FAAOS-designated surgeon like Dr. Stowell, you can feel confident you’re receiving the best possible care for your bones and joints.

Who Can Use the FAAOS Designation?

Only qualified AAOS members can use this designation. This includes Active Fellows who have been certified by one of the following:

  • The American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery (ABOS) – Dr. Stowell is certified by ABOS.
  • The American Osteopathic Board of Orthopaedic Surgery (AOBOS)
  • The Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada (RCPSC)

Other requirements include:

  • Being in exclusive practice of orthopaedic surgery in the U.S. for at least 36 months (not including fellowship training) immediately prior to induction
  • Maintaining a full, unrestricted, and unlimited license to practice medicine, or full-time service in the federal government
  • Complying with the AAOS Standards of Professionalism
  • Completing an Active Fellow Membership Application
  • Receiving application approval from the AAOS Membership Committee and Board of Directors

You can verify your orthopedic doctor by searching in AAOS’ exclusive “Find an Orthopaedist” directory.

Call (208) 457-4211 to consult with Dr. Richard Stowell, FAAOS, one of America’s leading orthopedic surgeons specializing in shoulder and elbow conditions, serving north Idaho and patients from all over the world including Canada, South America, and Asia.

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