Becoming certified in vascular surgery

Vascular Surgery

Exams Offered

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

  • Successful completion of the Vascular Surgery Qualifying and Certifying Exams is required for board certification in vascular surgery. The Qualifying Exam is a 6-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 3 consecutive 30-minute sessions. It is held once per year in a major U.S. city.
  • The VSITE is a multiple-choice examination taken by surgeons while in residency; it is not required as part of the board certification process.

7-Year Limit for Certification

  • Surgeons who complete vascular surgery training after July 1, 2012, will have no more than 7 academic years to achieve certification in vascular surgery (i.e., pass both the QE and CE). The 7-year period starts immediately upon completion of training. If you delay in applying for certification, you will lose opportunities to take and pass the QE.
  • Within the 7-year period, applicants will receive no more than 4 opportunities within 4 years to pass the QE, and up to 3 opportunities within 3 years to pass the CE. Only one exam opportunity will be offered per year. Failure to take an exam when offered is considered a missed opportunity. The three CE opportunities begin immediately upon successful completion of the QE.
  • If you are unable to become certified within the seven-year period, you must pursue a readmissibility pathway to re-enter the certification process. Please see our exam admissibility policy for further details.
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