Applicants for complex general surgical oncology (CGSO) certification must have acquired no fewer than 96 weeks of full-time clinical activity over the two years of CGSO training.
All time away from training, including vacation and time taken for interviews, visa issues, etc., must be accounted for on the application for certification.
For documented medical conditions, including pregnancy and delivery, that directly affect the individual (i.e., not family leave), the ABS will accept 94 weeks of full-time clinical activity over the two years of training. Arrangements beyond the standard medical leave described above require prior written approval from the ABS. Such requests may only be made by the program director.