Becoming certified in pediatric surgery

Pediatric Surgery

Exams Offered

Use the links below to learn more about the following pediatric surgery examinations:

  • Successful completion of the Pediatric Surgery Qualifying and Certifying Examinations is required for board certification in pediatric surgery. The Qualifying Exam is an five-hour, multiple-choice examination held once per year on a single day at computer-testing centers across the U.S. The Certifying Examination is an oral exam consisting of five consecutive 30-minute sessions. It is held once per year in a major U.S. city.
  • Applicants for certification in pediatric surgery must be currently certified by the ABS in general surgery, in addition to completing the required pediatric surgery training.
  • The PSITE is a multiple-choice examination taken by surgeons while in residency; it is not required as part of the board certification process.
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