Master Surgeon in Orthopedic Surgery
In partnership with key opinion leaders and industry professionals, SRC developed the Master Surgeon in Orthopedics (MSOS) program. The MSOS program identifies surgeons who provide excellent orthopedic surgery care and are dedicated to continuously improving healthcare quality and patient safety.
The MSOS program has two distinct differences from the Center of Excellence in Orthopedics (COEOS) program:
- Designees will receive a unique seal and certificate that they can use to promote their Master Surgeon status.
- There is no hospital co-accreditation requirement. The hospital is not required to pay program fees or meet the COEOS requirements. However, the hospital must be willing to participate in the inspection (whether virtual or on-site) that is conducted to verify the surgeon’s compliance with the MSOS requirements.
The MSOS program is an excellent way for patients to identify orthopedic surgeons who hold themselves to a higher standard.
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1: Surgical Experience
The applicant has served as the primary surgeon for at least 250 Orthopedic surgery procedures in their lifetime and performs at least 200 procedures annually.
Procedures performed at any facility may be used toward volume. Surgeons must have served as the primary surgeon for a procedure to qualify. If the surgeon’s role as primary surgeon has been properly documented, procedures performed during fellowship may qualify. Cases in which the surgeon served as co-surgeon or assisting surgeon do not qualify.
Each procedure used for volume must be thoroughly documented to enable a medical chart review.
Volume waivers may be approved in some circumstances
2: Equipment and Instruments
The applicant performs orthopedic surgery in a facility that has a full line of equipment and surgical instruments to provide appropriate perioperative care for their patients. The applicant’s facility has documented training for appropriate staff in the safe operation of this equipment.
3: Surgeon Dedication
The applicant spends a significant portion of their effort in the field of orthopedic surgery and has active, full privileges in orthopedic surgery at the facility participating in their inspection.
The applicant is board-certified or an active candidate for board certification in their surgical specialty by the highest certifying authority available.
The applicant completes at least 12 hours of continuing medical education (CME) focused on orthopedic surgery every three years. Only American Medical Association Physician’s Recognition Award Category 1 Credits or similar credits from a CME accrediting body outside the United States or three national or international meetings qualify.
4: Clinical Pathways and Standardized Operating Procedures
The applicant formally develops and implements clinical pathways that facilitate the standardization of perioperative care for orthopedic surgery procedures. The following pathways are required:
- Anesthesia, including monitoring and airway management
- Perioperative care, including monitoring, pain management and airway management
- Deep vein thrombosis (DVT) prevention and management
The first three pathways will be deemed satisfied if the facility has accreditation from The Joint Commission (formerly known as JCAHO), DNV-GL or an equivalent healthcare organization approved by SRC.
- Instructions for identification, evaluation and management of early warning signs of complications.
- Preoperative patient preparation, evaluation, patient education, consent and plan of action for discharge that includes follow-up and any necessary patient education
- Enhanced recovery including physical therapy and/or rehabilitation
- Pain management
- Site identification and tourniquet protocol
- Wound care management
Each applicant surgeon performs each surgical procedure in a standardized manner as allowed by variations in operative circumstances.
Each applicant surgeon uses a template for operative note dictation that ensures proper collection of data for surgical procedures.
Application Fee: $1,650 USD
- Discounts may be available for surgeons that participate in multiple accreditation programs. Contact SRC for details.
- Upon payment of application fees, applicants achieve Provisional Status and gain access to SRC’s Outcomes Database at no additional charge.
Site Inspection Fees
Virtual Site Inspection: $1,175 USD
- Inspections for Master Surgeon accreditations are not performed on site at the surgeon’s location. Instead, materials are sent to SRC and the inspection is performed “virtually” saving the surgeon time and money.
- If the virtual inspection concludes that an on-site inspection is required, additional fees will be charged.
- Renewal inspections are required every three years to ensure ongoing program compliance.
Annual Fee: $1,650 USD
- Annual participation fees will be billed one year after applicants achieve Provisional Status and each year thereafter.
- Fees are subject to change without notice and are not refundable. Payment of required fees does not guarantee accreditation.