Dates & Fees

New Process for 2017
For MOC exams in general surgery, vascular surgery, pediatric surgery, and surgical critical care, the separate application and exam fees have been combined into one fee, due by the registration deadline.

To meet an application or registration deadline, all required items must be at the ABS office by the deadline date. If they arrive after the deadline but before the late deadline, a late fee will be charged. No applications or registrations are accepted after the late deadline. Please see your exam's section for further detais.

Checks are accepted only for hand surgery exams. All fees are subject to change. Application fees are nonrefundable; see below for exam fee refund policy.

Exam Application / Registration Deadline Late Deadline Exam Dates
General Surgery MOC (Recertification) Exam By Aug. 1, 2017
Fee: $1600
By Sept. 1 - Fee: $1700
By Oct. 2 - Fee: $1800
By Nov. 1 - Fee: $1900
Nov. 27 - Dec. 12, 2017*
Vascular Surgery MOC (Recertification) Exam By July 5, 2017
Fee: $1600
By July 17 - Fee: $1700
By Aug. 15 - Fee: $1800
Sept. 11-23, 2017*
Pediatric Surgery MOC (Recertification) Exam By July 5, 2017
Fee: $1600
By July 17 - Fee: $1700
By Aug. 15 - Fee: $1800
Sept. 11-23, 2017*
Surgical Critical Care MOC (Recertification) Exam By July 5, 2017
Fee: $1600
By July 17 - Fee: $1700
By Aug. 15 - Fee: $1800
Sept. 11-23, 2017*
Fee for Diplomates with Approved Application: For the above examinations, diplomates who were already in the MOC exam process prior to 2017 (i.e., had an approved application) will be charged a $1200 registration fee.
Hand Surgery MOC (Recertification) Exam By Mar. 15, 2017
Fee: $400
By Mar. 31, 2017
Fee: $800
Sept. 12-25, 2017**
Fee: $1300
Hospice and Palliative Medicine MOC (Recertification) ExamTBD
Fee: TBD
TBD
Fee: TBD
Fall 2018
Other Fees
Exam Withdrawal Processing Fee - $300
Returned Check Fee - $50
MOC Re-entry Fees - $300 (1 three-year cycle missed), $600 (2 cycles), $900 (3 cycles)
  • *Computer examination offered at Pearson VUE testing centers.
  • **Computer examination offered at Prometric testing centers.
Refund Policy
Application fees are nonrefundable. Exam fees for computer exams will be refunded, minus a $300 processing fee, if you withdraw more than 15 business days before the first day of the exam window. If you withdraw fewer than 15 business days prior or fails to appear for the exam, the entire exam fee is forfeited. Exam fees cannot be carried over to the following year. All withdrawals must be made in writing and confirmed by the ABS office.
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