Details and what to expect
The new assessment will focus on the latest and most important developments in practice to assist diplomates in staying up to date. In addition to the Core module that all diplomates must complete, general surgery diplomates will be able to select their second module from four practice-related areas. These four areas were determined based on review of diplomates' operative logs submitted over the past few years. More areas will be added in the future based on feedback from diplomates and surgical societies.
Practice characteristics, patient population, and educational interests may make some modules more relevant to certain diplomates than others. Please click on the module names below to see the topic areas that will be addressed in the assessment.
Selecting a module does not lock you into a track. Diplomates are free to select a different practice area for the next assessment they take.
While taking the assessment, question rationales and reference citations are displayed every time an answer is submitted. Completing the assessment and reading the rationales is an educational experience which may not require any preparation.
The ABS has listed topics to allow you to choose which module fits your needs and interests. References are provided for transparency about the sources that support the development of the assessment. The references reflect that the assessment primarily focuses on important evidence-based recent updates to surgical practice. Diplomates are neither required nor expected to read all of these references before or during the completion of the assessment.
The ABS has provided two different versions of the reference lists. One version highlights a single key reference for each question and the other lists all references used, including those which explain why the wrong answers are incorrect. References that are available open-source are indicated. Diplomates may choose to refer to these lists either before or during the assessment.
Please keep the following in mind during the assessment: