Diplomate Representation of Certification Status

Representing Your Status

  • Diplomates of the American Board of Surgery, as well as individuals currently in the process of certification or recertification, must accurately state their certification status at all times. This includes descriptions in curriculum vitae, advertisements, publications, directories, letterhead and websites.
  • Individuals may describe themselves as certified by the ABS or as an ABS diplomate only when they hold a current certificate awarded by the ABS. Individuals who were previously certified by the ABS and allowed their certification to lapse may not use these descriptions without clearly indicating that the certification is no longer valid. Individuals in violation of this policy will be contacted by the ABS and may be subject to legal action.
  • For further information on the terms used by the ABS to describe certification status, please see Public Reporting of Status.

Use of ABS Logo

  • The seal of the American Board of Surgery is a registered trademark and may not be copied, reproduced, or used in any way without prior consent from the ABS. Use of the ABS seal or logo for promotional purposes on websites, brochures, letterhead, etc., by diplomates, institutions or others is not permitted under any circumstances. The ABS will contact individuals when such use is detected.

Updated: March 2013

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