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Examination Accommodations

  • Note: This policy applies only to ABS examinations for initial certification. Accommodations for In-Training exams are at the discretion of the program and do not require ABS approval.
  • Accommodations for Lactating Mothers

  • The American Board of Surgery (ABS) understands and values the importance of a mother’s decision to breastfeed her child. In support of our candidates, the ABS will work with Pearson VUE to try to accommodate requests for accommodations for lactating mothers. Pearson VUE has specific designated centers that are able to offer such accommodations, and these locations fill up on a first come, first served basis. ABS has no control over these accommodations. As set forth below, a candidate, who is a lactating mother, may be afforded additional break time in order to express breast milk.
  • Important note: To maximize options for a nursing mother to have access to a private space at a test center in order to express breast milk during an exam, requests should be submitted no later than 30 days prior to the applicant’s exam date. However, we strongly recommend including the request with the mailed application materials. Private space is provided on a first come, first served basis and is subject to test center availability. This may require a candidate to travel to a more distant center with an available private space.
  • Children are not permitted at Pearson VUE test centers. For candidates who are exclusively breastfeeding, please email accommodations@absurgery.org to discuss options.
Requesting an Accommodation for a Lactating Mother
Note: The accommodation must be approved prior to scheduling an exam center. Scheduling a center without prior approval will result in an examination appointment without accommodations.
Types of Accommodations for Lactating Mothers

Upon receipt of the Lactating Mothers Accommodations Request form:

GSQE VSQE PSQE, CGSO QE, SCC-CE
Tutorial – 10 min.
Instructions – untimed
Section 1 – 115 min.
Scheduled break – 15 min. (+ 30 min. for LMA*)
Section 2 – 115 min.
Scheduled break – 40 min.
Section 3 – 115 min.
Scheduled break – 15 min. (+30 min. for LMA*)
Section 4 – 115 min.
Tutorial – 10 min.
Instructions – untimed
Section 1 – 90 min.
Scheduled break – 10 min. (+ 30 min. for LMA*)
Section 2 – 90 min.
Scheduled break – 40 min.
Section 3 – 90 min.
Scheduled break – 10 min. (+30 min. for LMA*)
Section 4 – 90 min.
Tutorial – 10 min
Instructions – untimed
Section 1 – 90 min.
Scheduled break – 10 min.
Section 2 – 90 min
Scheduled break – 10 min (+30 mins for LMA*)
Section 3 – 90 min.

*LMA = lactating mother accommodation

Private space is limited by Pearson VUE, provided on a first come, first served basis, and is subject to exam center availability. This may require a candidate to travel to a more distant with an available private space.

Notification of Determination

The ABS will notify the candidate in writing of its determination. If the ABS is unable to accommodate the candidate because the request constitutes a fundamental alteration of the examination or an undue burden, ABS will also notify the candidate in writing and the basis for that determination.

Upon notification that an accommodation is available, the candidate is responsible for scheduling the desired available center with Pearson VUE as soon as possible. These options are on a first come, first served basis, and delays in contacting Pearson VUE may result in fewer options.


Accommodations for Candidates with Other Medical Conditions

  • The American Board of Surgery (ABS) recognizes that some of our candidates may have a medical condition that may require an accommodation while taking an ABS examination. For example, a candidate, who is a diabetic and wearing an insulin pump with a glucose monitor, may be afforded additional break time in order to check blood sugar levels or may be allowed to bring snacks and water into the test center. In support of our candidates, the ABS will work with Pearson VUE to consider requests for medically needed accommodations on a case-by-case basis.
  • Requesting an Accommodation for a Medical Condition

  • To request an accommodation, candidates must submit the Other Medical Conditions Accommodations Request form at least 30 days prior to the applicant’s exam date. Requests received less than 30 days prior to the exam date will be considered on a case-by-case basis. Supporting documentation may be requested. The completed Other Medical Conditions Accommodations Request form may be emailed to accommodations@absurgery.org.
  • Important Note: If needed, private space may be provided on a first come, first served basis and is subject to test center availability. This may require a candidate to travel to a more distant center with an available private space.
  • Types of Accommodations for Candidates with Other Medical Conditions
  • Upon receipt of the Other Medical Conditions Accommodations Request form, accommodations for candidates with medical conditions will be considered on a case-by case basis.
  • Note: The accommodation must be approved prior to scheduling an exam center. Scheduling a center without prior approval will result in an examination appointment without accommodations.
    Notification of Determination
  • The ABS will notify the candidate in writing of its determination. If the ABS is unable to accommodate the candidate because the request constitutes a fundamental alteration of the examination or an undue burden, ABS will also notify the candidate in writing and the basis for that determination.
  • Upon notification that an accommodation is available, the candidate is responsible for scheduling the desired available center with Pearson VUE as soon as possible. These options are on a first come, first served basis, and delays in contacting Pearson VUE may result in fewer options.

Updated: September 2019

 

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