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News from the American Board of Surgery

Spring 2013

  • Welcome to Our New Directors 
  • Being Chair of the ABS - Dr. Thomas Cogbill
  • Apply for a 2013 Exam
  • Update on PQRS MOC Incentive
  • Follow the ABS on Facebook!

Welcome to Our New Directors

The ABS will welcome seven new directors this July from the following organizations:

  • Dr. Roxie M. Albrecht - Southwestern Surgical Congress
  • Dr. Mark S. Allen - American Board of Thoracic Surgery
  • Dr. William C. Chapman - American Surgical Association
  • Dr. Dai H. Chung - Society of University Surgeons
  • Dr. Vivian Gahtan - Society for Vascular Surgery
  • Dr. K. Craig KentAmerican Surgical Association
  • Dr. Anne G. Rizzo - At-Large

In addition, the ABS will welcome as new members Dr. Erica L. Mitchell and Dr. Daniel G. Clair to the Vascular Surgery Board, Dr. Frederick J. Rescorla and Dr. John H. T. Waldhausen to the Pediatric Surgery Board, Dr. Peter D. Beitsch and Dr. Michael A. Choti to the Surgical Oncology Board, and Dr. David A. Spain to the Trauma, Burns and Critical Care Board. >> Full Announcement

Being ABS Chair - Dr. Thomas Cogbill

Dr. Thomas CogbillDr. Tom Cogbill is a community general surgeon and the first at-large director to serve as ABS chair. Here he reflects on his experience -

Never in my wildest dreams at any point in my career did I imagine that I might be elected as a director of the American Board of Surgery, much less chair of the ABS. In 1982, following residency at the University of Colorado, I joined the staff of the Gundersen Clinic in La Crosse, Wisconsin ... >> Read More

Apply for a 2013 Exam

The online application process is now open for all 2013 ABS examinations. Diplomates with a certificate that expires in 2016 or earlier are eligible to apply for a recertification exam this year. See the table below for 2013 application deadlines and exam dates.

To apply, go to www.absurgery.org. Select your specialty from the left-hand column, then your exam. In that area you will find an exam overview, application instructions, and the online application process (login required).

General Surgery Qualifying Exam (QE)
Late Application Deadline: June 3

Exam Date: Aug. 8

Surgical Principles Exam (SPE)
Late Application Deadline: June 3

Exam Date: Aug. 8

Pediatric Surgery & SCC Exams
Application Deadline: July 1
Late Deadline: July 15

Pediatric Surgery QE & SCC CE Exam Date: Sept. 23

Pediatric Surgery & SCC Recertification Exam Dates: Sept. 23 - Oct. 4

Vascular Surgery Exams
Application Deadline: July 1
Late Deadline: July 15

Vascular Surgery QE Exam Date: Nov. 18

Vascular Surgery Recertification Exam Dates: Nov. 18-30

General Surgery Recertification Exam
Application Deadline:
Aug. 1
Late Deadlines: Sept. 3, Oct. 1, Nov. 1

Exam Dates: Dec. 2-14

Medscape CME No Longer Accepted: Please note the ABS no longer accepts Medscape CME activities toward recertification exam applications or MOC, as they do not meet ABS standards for meaningful learning and self-assessment relevant to surgery.

MOC Compliance: To be eligible to apply for any ABS exam, diplomates enrolled in the ABS Maintenance of Certification (MOC) Program must be in compliance with MOC requirements. Please refer to our MOC Requirements page for more information.

Update on PQRS MOC Incentive

The ABS has received preliminary approval from CMS to be a qualified MOC program for the 2013 Physician Quality Reporting System (PQRS) MOC Incentive. However we are still finalizing with CMS the details of the requirements and submission process. Information regarding the PQRS MOC Incentive will be sent to diplomates in the coming weeks once all details are confirmed.

This incentive allows physicians participating in PQRS to earn an additional 0.5% on Medicare Part B allowed charges by also participating in an MOC program "more frequently" than what is required to maintain board certification. CMS also requires that physicians participate in a patient experience of care survey (e.g., Press Ganey).

Diplomates not yet enrolled in MOC would need to pass a recertification exam in 2013 to be eligible for the incentive. For more information about PQRS, visit www.cms.gov/pqrs.

Follow the ABS on Facebook!

FacebookIt's true! The ABS is now on Facebook, where we will be posting news and updates regularly. Follow us at www.facebook.com/americanboardofsurgery. Please note that you can still view our Facebook page without having a Facebook account.

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