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ABS E-News - Winter 2015

  • New ABS Website
  • Meet Our New Directors
  • Checking MOC Status
  • 2014 Annual Newsletter
  • Surgery Training Requirements

New ABS Website

The American Board of Surgery launched a new website in February to better serve our various audiences. The new website is designed to work equally well on a desktop computer, tablet or smartphone. The new design also features three color-coded areas to address the needs and interests of the majority of our website visitors: Training & Certification, Maintenance of Certification, and For the Public. Visitors can also easily check a surgeon's certification status right from the homepage.

The new website design was tested several times with a cross-section of ABS website users. Many thanks to the candidates, diplomates, training programs and others who provided their input in shaping this site. We welcome your feedback regarding the new website - send your comments to abscomms@absurgery.org.  Full Announcement

Meet Our New Directors

The ABS will welcome four new directors to its board this July:

  • Marwan S. Abouljoud, M.D. – American Society of Transplant Surgeons
  • Marjorie J. Arca, M.D. – American Pediatric Surgical Association
  • Mary T. Hawn, M.D., M.P.H. – American Surgical Association
  • O. Joe Hines, M.D. – Society for Surgery of the Alimentary Tract

In addition, the ABS Trauma, Burns and Critical Care Board will welcome Dr. Samuel A. Tisherman from the Society of Critical Care Medicine, while Dr. Kelly K. Hunt of the Society of Surgical Oncology will join the ABS Surgical Oncology Board. The ABS Transplantation Advisory Council will also welcome Dr. Peter G. Stock and Dr. Lewis W. Teperman, both representing the American Society of Transplant Surgeons.  Full Announcement

Checking MOC Status

Over the past several months, the ABS has been working to improve the log-in area of the ABS website, especially for diplomates looking to check their status with the ABS Maintenance of Certification (MOC) Program. Diplomates can now check their MOC status at any time by going to moc.absurgery.org.

Once logged in, diplomates can see their current MOC status, latest MOC cycle, and next MOC reporting period, as well as view their personalized MOC Timeline. Further improvements are planned in the months ahead to make this area as user-friendly as possible. Stay tuned!

2014 ABS Newsletter

The ABS' annual newsletter, ABS News, was mailed to all diplomates and training programs in late December. Featured in the 2014 issue (pdf):

  • A Fresh Look at General Surgery Training
  • ABS Moves to the Calendar Year
  • The FIRST Trial: Connecting Duty Hours with Outcomes
  • MOC - Key Points to Know

Surgery Training Requirements

In 2014 the ABS announced new requirements for initial certification in general surgery, to establish additional objective measures that all surgeons applying for general surgery certification must meet:

  • A minimum of 25 cases as teaching assistant will be required of applicants completing residency in 2014-2015 academic year or thereafter.
  • A minimum of 250 cases by the end of PGY-2 will be required of applicants who began residency in July 2014 or thereafter.
  • Completion of the ABS Flexible Endoscopy Curriculum will be required of applicants who complete residency in the 2017-2018 academic year or thereafter.

Further details about the above requirements can be found on the ABS website under General Surgery Training Requirements.

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