FAQs - MOC Exams

As of 2017, the ABS is transitioning from an exam application process to an exam registration process that streamlines the requirements for taking an MOC exam. The information below will be updated as the new process is finalized.
The online registration process for MOC exams is posted each year in the spring under My Records and also under each exam's section of the website. A notice will be posted on the homepage at that time and letters and emails sent to eligible diplomates. Once logged in, you will be able to access the forms needed to complete your exam registration.
As of 2017, the ABS no longer requires a separate application process. As long as you are meeting MOC requirements and have a certificate that will expire in 3 years or less, you may register to take an MOC exam by submitting a 12-month operative log, reference forms, and a registration fee. It is a completely online process - no hardcopy paper submissions are required.
You will be able to use the new online registration process. On the ABS operative experience report, instead of entering cases, go to the final section of the form to provide an explanation. The two reference forms may be completed by supervisors or peers who are familiar with your clinical activities and can provide knowledgeable attestation to your ethical and professional status.
You may use whichever time period works best for you—either a full calendar year or one year back from when you are applying.
The ABS operative experience report must be submitted online via the ABS website. The report asks only for the number of primary procedures performed in each category during the past calendar year or recent 12-month period at the institution where you perform most of your work. No other information is collected.
Please note the transfer option is not currently available due to the ACS transition to a new case log platform. Once it is available, the authorization code will be posted under "Operative Experience Report" when you log into the online registration process, available under My Records. You must be eligible to take an MOC exam to access this feature.
Please note the transfer option is not currently available due to the ACS transition to a new case log platform. Once it is available, you will receive an email from the ACS when a transfer has been completed. Please check your email for this message. Cases are transferred immediately; you will see them listed in your operative experience report. If you are having difficulties, please contact our IT department for assistance.
The ABS itself does not offer CME credits; however we will waive 60 credits of CME with self-assessment toward the ABS MOC Program for recertification by the ABS or another ABMS board. For the ABS, a waiver will appear automatically in your CME Repository. For another ABMS board, you will need to enter those credits into your CME Repository and provide documentation if requested.

In addition, surgeons who achieve ABS recertification may apply to the AMA to receive 60 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Please see the AMA website and the direct CME application (pdf) for details.
The form(s) should be filled out by a physician of a comparable position at your institution, such as the medical director or chief of staff, with a note of explanation. The two forms may not be filled out by the same person.
In most cases, if you are registering for two MOC exams (e.g., general surgery and pediatric surgery), you only need to submit the registration materials once. However, the registration fee must be paid for each examination.
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To order SESAP, call the American College of Surgeons at 800-621-4111 or see the SESAP page of their website. VESAP is provided by the Society for Vascular Surgery; call 800-258-7188 or see its website's VESAP page for more information.
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