How to Register - General Surgery MOC Exam
New Process as of 2017
The ABS no longer requires a separate application process for this exam. As long as you are meeting MOC requirements and have a certificate that will expire in 3 years or less, you may register for the exam. However, there are still materials to be submitted see below and our Quick Guide
- The online registration process for the General Surgery MOC (Recertification) Exam is posted each year in the spring. Diplomates are eligible to register starting 3 years before their certificate's expiration; this includes the final year of certificate validity. Diplomates must be meeting the requirements of the ABS MOC Program and have a current full and unrestricted medical license to register. Please note the online forms must be usedhandwritten or other versions will not be accepted.
- Clinically Inactive: Diplomates who no longer see patients may register per the Clinically Inactive Policy. Diplomates who no longer operate but still see patients will be able to provide explanation when completing the online forms.
- Exam accommodations: Accommodations for documented learning disabilities must be requested by the initial registration deadline (view policy). Individuals who will need accommodations due to medical-related conditions (injury, breast feeding, etc.) should notify the ABS when registering.
- Once logged into the registration process, you first will be asked to review and update your personal and practice information. You must hold a current full and unrestricted medical license. If your license will expire before the exam, you will need to provide updated information when available.
- You must then submit the following items:
1) Operative Experience Report - submitted via the ABS website
- This report will ask for the
number of primary procedures
performed in each category over the past calendar year (1/16-12/16)
recent 12-month period (e.g., 5/16-5/17) at the institution where you perform most of your work. It is not necessary to list secondary procedures. No other information is requested. The ABS seeks a general profile of your current practice; there is no required minimum of cases. If you do not have cases to report, go to the last section of this form to provide an explanation.
- ACS Case Log Option (SSR):
Due to the ACS transition to a new case log platform, only data up to April 17, 2017 are available for transfer to the ABS operative report. The link and 13-digit code for the transfer are posted under "Operative Experience Report" once you log into the exam registration process. Only the number of cases performed in each category is transmitted.
Registration Fee - paid by credit card via the ABS website
- Submit your credit card payment (Visa, Mastercard, American Express, Discover) where indicated. See below or our Dates & Fees
page for more details.
3) Two Reference Forms - to be completed by chair of surgery and chair of credentials
- Enter information in this area for the two physicians who will complete your reference forms. In most cases, one should be completed by the chair of surgery and the other by the chair of credentials at the hospital where you perform most of your work. If you hold one of these positions, or if they are held by the same person, another physician of comparable rank should complete the form. The two forms cannot be filled out by the same person, or by a relative or someone with whom you have a close personal relationship.
- Once you complete this area, the reference forms will automatically be sent via email to these individuals through the ABS website. The two individuals you have designated will complete and submit the reference forms online. The ABS reference forms must be used; we cannot accept letters in their place.
- You will be notified by email when each form is submitted to the ABS. The form's status will also appear above the links in this section. If necessary, you may update the contact information you previously entered and resend the email; this will deactivate the previous email sent.
4) Attestation - submitted via the ABS website
- This is a brief legal form that is the final step in the registration process. The form will not be available until you have completed the steps above. If your reference forms are still pending (i.e., have not yet been submitted to ABS), this form will also be marked "Pending" when submitted.
Registration Deadlines and Fees
- The ABS previously charged both an application fee and exam fee for its MOC exams. As of this year, these have been combined into one registration fee:
- By Aug. 1, 2017 - $1600
- By Sept. 1, 2017 - $1700
- By Oct. 2, 2017 - $1900
- By Nov. 1, 2017 - $2100
- To meet a registration deadline, the four items above must be received by the deadline date. No hardcopy paper submissions are required.
- Diplomates who were already in the MOC exam process prior to this year (i.e., have an approved application) will be charged a $1200 registration fee.
- You will be notified by email when your registration has been approved; you can also check the status on your exam registration page.
- Once approved, an exam admission authorization letter will be posted on your exam registration page within 24-48 hours. The letter will contain instructions on reserving a place at a computer-testing center. You must have this letter to reserve a testing center spot.
- If there are any problems with your registration, you will be notified by email by ABS staff. Please keep your contact information current - update personal information.
Please also refer to our
area. Questions may be sent via email to the