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VS CE Writing Committee - Request for Volunteers

Feb. 22, 2017 Media Contact: Christine Shiffer, 215-568-4000 ext. 137

The Vascular Surgery Board of the American Board of Surgery (VSB-ABS) is seeking volunteers from the vascular surgery community to serve on a Certifying Examination Writing Committee. Members of this committee will be charged with developing new case scenarios for use in future Vascular Surgery Certifying (oral) Examinations. In addition, one important goal of this new committee will be to develop a bank of high-quality images to be used in these case scenarios, and so therefore an expectation of its members will be to identify and provide high-quality de-identified images from their respective practices. The initial appointment will be for one year with possible renewal for a total of three years.

It is anticipated this committee will begin its work as of May of this year and conclude this year's work by September. Much of the committee's work will be accomplished by conference call rather than requiring onsite meetings.

Potential volunteers should have at least five years in practice following initial certification in vascular surgery and be meeting the requirements of the ABS Maintenance of Certification Program.

Interested individuals should send a letter of interest and CV via email to the ABS office by March 15, 2017. The VSB-ABS plans to select approximately five surgeons to serve on the committee out of those who express interest. Applicants will be notified whether or not they are selected by April 15, 2017.


About the ABS
  • The American Board of Surgery is an independent, nonprofit organization founded in 1937 for the purpose of certifying individuals who have met a defined standard of education, training and knowledge in the field of surgery. Surgeons certified by the ABS have completed at least five years of surgical training following medical school and successfully completed a written and oral examination process administered by the ABS. They must then maintain their board certification through ongoing learning and practice improvement activities.
  • The ABS offers board certification in general surgery, vascular surgery, pediatric surgery, surgical critical care, complex general surgical oncology, surgery of the hand, and hospice and palliative medicine. It is one of the 24 member boards of the American Board of Medical Specialties.
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