Regaining admissibility

Regaining Admissibility to Vascular Surgery Examinations

  • Individuals who seek certification in vascular surgery may lose their admissibility for a variety of reasons. The following pathways have been established to allow such individuals to regain admissibility to the Vascular Surgery Qualifying Examination (QE) and Vascular Surgery Certifying Examination (CE).
  • Individuals who wish to pursue one of the readmissibility pathways below must first contact the ABS coordinator to initiate the process.

Time Limitations

  • If an individual has not actively pursued admissibility or readmissibility to the certification process within 10 years after completion of a vascular surgery training program, he or she will be required to reenter formal training in a vascular surgery program accredited by the ACGME or RCPSC to regain admissibility to the certification process.

QE Readmissibility Pathway

  • This pathway applies to individuals who exhausted their Vascular Surgery QE examination opportunities or time limit.
  • To pursue this pathway, an applicant must submit the following:
  1. A completed application for readmissibility
  2. Documentation of a valid and unrestricted medical license
  3. Documentation of 60 credits of Category 1 CME with self-assessment completed within the last 24 months
  4. Evidence of successful completion of the most recent version of the Society for Vascular Surgery's (SVS) Vascular Education and Self-Assessment Program (VESAP). This may be used to satisfy the CME requirement above
  5. Application fee of $200 paid by credit card through the ABS website
  6. Reference letters from the chief of surgery and chair of the credentials committee at the hospital where the majority of the surgeon's work is done
  7. An operative case log for the most recent 12-month period
  • If the applicant has not been actively practicing surgery, the last two items may be waived. However, to be eligible for this pathway an individual must be practicing clinical medicine in some venue and submit reference letters from two individuals in a supervisory capacity who are familiar with the applicant's practice. These reference letters must describe the applicant's practice and attest to the applicant's performance, ethics and professionalism.
  • The completed application must be received by February 1 in the year the applicant wishes to take the examination listed below. Upon approval of the application, the following requirement must be fulfilled within a period of five years from date of approval. Failure to successfully complete this requirement within the five-year window will require the entire application process to be reinitiated.
  • Completion of the Vascular Surgery In-Training Examination (VSITE) with a score of 75% or higher.
  • The VSITE is a web-based examination administered once annually through vascular surgery training programs on a specific date in February or March (see exam dates). Individuals pursuing this pathway will be required to find a program through which to take the VSITE.
Admissibility and Examination Opportunities
  • Upon successful completion of this pathway, the applicant will be admissible to the Vascular Surgery QE for four opportunities within four years and will be declared "in the examination process." The start of the four-year period of admissibility begins upon successful completion of the requirements and continues for four consecutive academic years thereafter.
  • If the applicant is unsuccessful in completing this pathway or in passing the Vascular Surgery QE during the readmissibility period, he or she must complete a period of formal training in a program accredited by the ACGME or RCPSC to regain admissibility.

Vascular Surgery CE Readmissibility Pathway

  • This pathway applies to individuals who exhausted their Vascular Surgery CE examination opportunities or time limit.
  • To pursue this pathway, an applicant must submit the following:
  1. A completed application for readmissibility
  2. Documentation of a valid and unrestricted medical license
  3. Documentation of 60 credits of Category 1 CME with self-assessment completed within the last 24 months
  4. Evidence of successful completion of the most recent version of the SVS' Vascular Education and Self-Assessment Program (VESAP). This may be used to satisfy the CME requirement above
  5. Application fee of $200 paid by credit card through the ABS website
  6. Reference letters from the chief of surgery and chair of the credentials committee at the hospital where the majority of the surgeon's work is done
  7. An operative case log for the most recent 12-month period
  • If the applicant has not been actively practicing surgery, the last two items may be waived. However, to be eligible for this pathway an individual must be practicing clinical medicine in some venue and submit reference letters from two individuals in a supervisory capacity who are familiar with the applicant's practice. These reference letters must describe the applicant's practice and attest to the applicant's performance, ethics and professionalism.
  • The completed application must be received by February 1 in the year the applicant wishes to take the examinations listed below. Upon approval of the application, the following requirement must be fulfilled within a period of five years from date of approval. Failure to successfully complete this requirement within the five-year window will require the entire application process to be reinitiated.
  • Successful completion of the Vascular Surgery Qualifying Examination
  • The Vascular Surgery Qualifying Examination is administered once annually at computer-testing centers on a specific date, usually in September or October (see exam dates).
Admissibility and Examination Opportunities
  • Upon successful completion of this pathway, the applicant will be admissible to the Vascular Surgery CE for three opportunities within three years and will be declared "in the examination process." The start of the three-year period of admissibility begins upon successful completion of the requirements and continues for three consecutive academic years thereafter.
  • If the applicant is unsuccessful in completing this pathway or in passing the Vascular Surgery CE during the readmissibility period, he or she must complete a period of formal training in a program accredited by the ACGME or RCPSC to regain admissibility.

Updated: January 2015

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