Re-entry to Continuous Certification
- As part of Continuous Certification, diplomates are required to report on how they are meeting program requirements at regular intervals.
- Diplomates who are currently certified but who do not report when required, or who upon audit, cannot document their activities, are reported as "Not Meeting Requirements." These individuals are ineligible to take an ABS examination or participate in the new general surgery assessment process.
- To change this status, they must submit information through the ABS website regarding their professional status and educational activities as described below.
- Re-entry to Continuous Certification requires submission of the following items through the ABS website (go to My Continuous Certification):
- CME: Information regarding the completion of 150 Category 1 CME credits related to your practice from the past five years (calendar years or more recent 60-month period), of which at least 50 must include self-assessment (test or quiz that requires at least 75% correct).
You will indicate which ones include self-assessment when entering them into your CME Repository
. Please see our CME page
for more details and resources.
- References: References forms completed online by the chair of surgery and chair of credentials committee at the institution where you perform most of your work. If necessary, another physician(s) of comparable rank may complete the form.
- Practice Improvement: Verification of your participation in one or more practice improvement activities, if clinically active.
- Fee: Administrative fee of $350.
- Once these items have been submitted, you will be considered to be meeting the requirements of the ABS Continuous Certification Program. Please be aware that while this is an entirely online process, the information you submit is subject to audit by the ABS.
For specific inquiries regarding this policy, please contact the Continuous Certification coordinator.
Updated: March 2018