Learn about Continuous Certification
Based on your feedback, we are streamlining Continuous Certification to better align with your practice and your schedule
The new ABS Continuous Certification Program has been designed to be more flexible, convenient and practice-related. Continuous Certification documents a surgeon's ongoing commitment to professionalism, lifelong learning, and practice improvement following initial board certification.
As part of the new program, a new assessment process is being introduced in 2018 for general surgery, with other ABS specialties launching over the next few years, that will gradually replace the traditional recertification exam. Diplomates will use the new assessment process to demonstrate their surgical knowledge on a continual basis. The new assessment will focus on the latest and most important developments in practice to assist diplomates in staying up to date.
Registration for the 2018 general surgery assessment will open Aug. 1. The assessment will be available from Sept. 7 to Nov. 5.
While the traditional General Surgery Recertification Exam will be offered in 2018, diplomates who pass the 2018 exam will still be required to begin the new assessment process by 2020.
The new general surgery assessment is...
For 2018, general surgery diplomates will be able to select from four practice-related areas: