american board of surgery

Promoting Surgical
Excellence since 1937

The American Board of Surgery serves patients, society, and the specialty of surgery by providing leadership in surgical education and practice.

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This website serves as primary source verification of a surgeon’s certification status with The American Board of Surgery. Surgeons may also be certified by other boards of the American Board of Medical Specialties (ABMS). Please check the ABMS Certification Matters website for additional certification statuses. Note that the ABS website is updated in real time, and there may be a delay in certification status updates to the ABMS.

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Not all surgeons are board certified

Board certification by the ABS is a voluntary process that demonstrates a surgeon’s commitment to professionalism, lifelong learning, and quality patient care.

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The American Board of Surgery (ABS) serves patients, society, and the specialty of surgery by providing leadership in surgical education and practice. The ABS ensures excellence through:

News & Dates
Important announcements and upcoming examination deadlines
News
02/28/2024

Application Deadline Extended, Additional Dates Reserved for ABS Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery Focused Practice Designation Examination

The American Board of Surgery (ABS) announced today that the application deadline for the 2024 Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery Focused Practice Designation (MBS FPD) Examination has been extended to April 1, 2024.
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01/17/2024

Feedback on Adult Complex Thyroid and Parathyroid Surgery Focused Practice Designation Draft Test Blueprint

We invite you to review and provide feedback on the draft blueprint recently created for the new focused practice designation in adult complex thyroid and parathyroid surgery by the American Board of Surgery (ABS) and the American Board of Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery (ABOHNS).
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01/10/2024

ABS Welcomes Dr. Karen Brasel as Vice President

The American Board of Surgery is pleased to welcome Dr. Karen Brasel as the new vice president of the organization, beginning on May 1, 2024.
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07/26/2023

Public Comment on Surgical Critical Care Test Blueprint through August 14

The Trauma, Burns and Surgical Critical Care Board (TBSCCB) of the American Board of Surgery (ABS) recently undertook efforts to review and revise the test blueprint for the Surgical Critical Care (SCC) Certifying Exam (CE).
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Exam Dates
2/23 - 2/24
2024
In-Training Examination (VSITE)
Location: Proctored at program
Fee: $220 per exam
Registration Deadline: 1/5/2024

Any order changes submitted after the 1/5/24 deadline will incur a $300 fee per change.

3/4 - 3/6
2024
Pediatric Surgery Certifying Examination
Location: Virtual
Fee: $1,700

Registration available following the release of 2023 PSQE results.

3/13 - 3/20
2024
General Surgery Certifying Examination
Location: Virtual
Fee: $1,500
Registration Deadline: 9/1/2023

Registration available following the release of 2023 GSQE results.