Application Deadlines and Exam Dates

The online application process for ABS exams is posted annually in early spring. The application form, operative report (if required), original signature form with all required signatures, and application fee must arrive by application deadline. If they arrive after the deadline but before the late deadline, a late fee will be charged. No applications are accepted after the late application deadline.
Application Deadline Late Application Deadline Examination Date
General Surgery
In-Training Exam (ABSITE®)TBDTBDJan. 30-Feb. 3, 2015
Qualifying ExamMay 1, 2015June 1, 2015Aug. 13, 2015*  (2016 Date: July 19)
Certifying ExamBy ExamBy Exam
2014-2015 Dates***
Oct. 6-8, 2014 - Chicago
Nov. 17-19, 2014 - Philadelphia
Jan. 26-28, 2015 - Dallas
Mar. 2-4, 2015 - New Orleans
June 1-3, 2015 - Denver
QE/CE ReadmissibilityFeb. 1NoneMar. 15-May 15
MOC (Recertification) ExamAug. 3, 2015Sept. 1, Oct. 1, and Nov. 2, 2015Nov. 30-Dec. 15, 2015*
Vascular Surgery
In-Training Exam (VSITE)TBDTBDMarch 6-7, 2015
Qualifying ExamJuly 1, 2015July 15, 2015Sept. 11, 2015*
Certifying ExamTBDNoneMay 18-19, 2015 - Dallas
MOC (Recertification) Exam July 1, 2015July 15, 2015Sept. 11-26, 2015*
Pediatric Surgery
In-Training Exam (PSITE)TBDTBDFeb. 20-21, 2015
Qualifying ExamJuly 1, 2015July 15, 2015Sept. 11, 2015*
Certifying ExamTBDNoneMar. 23-25, 2015 - Philadelphia
MOC (Recertification) Exam July 1, 2015July 15, 2015Sept. 11-26, 2015*
Surgical Critical Care
Certifying ExamJuly 1, 2015July 15, 2015Sept. 11, 2015*
MOC (Recertification) Exam July 1, 2015July 15, 2015Sept. 11-26, 2015*
Surgery of the Hand
Certifying ExamMar. 16, 2015Mar. 31, 2015Sept. 9, 2015**
MOC (Recertification) Exam Mar. 16, 2015Mar. 31, 2015Sept. 9-22, 2015**
Complex General Surgical Oncology
Qualifying ExamJuly 1, 2015July 15, 2015Sept. 11, 2015*
Certifying ExamTBDNoneFeb. 9-11, 2015 - Philadelphia
Hospice and Palliative Medicine
Certifying ExamMay 2, 2016June 1, 2016
Note: Must register for exam by July 1
Fall 2016

  • *Computer-based examination offered at Pearson VUE testing centers.
  • **Computer-based examination offered at Prometric testing centers.
  • ***See CE Site Assignments for information on the site selection process.

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