Operative and clinical assessments

Resident Performance Assessments

In June 2012, the ABS approved a new requirement for assessment of operative and clinical performance as part of a broader ongoing effort to standardize the knowledge and skills expected of general surgery residents.

Assessment Requirement

  • Applicants who complete their general surgery residency training in the 2015-2016 academic year or thereafter will be required to obtain during residency at least 6 operative performance assessments and 6 clinical performance assessments, conducted by their program director or other faculty members.
  • When signing an individual's application, the program director will be asked to attest that these 12 assessments have been completed. However the applicant bears ultimate responsibility for ensuring these assessments are performed while in residency. The completed assessment forms will not be collected by the ABS.
  • Posted below are evaluation forms that may be used to fulfill this requirement. While no specific form is mandated, programs are strongly encouraged to use either these forms or an equally validated form.

Assessment Forms

ProcedureWord 2007-2010Word 1997-2003
Operative Performance Assessment Forms: (Southern Illinois University)
Laparoscopic Appendectomy.docx.doc
Laparoscopic Cholecystectomy.docx.doc
Laparoscopic Colectomy.docx .doc
Small Bowel Resection - Colectomy.docx .doc
Creation of AV Fistula.docx .doc
Laparoscopic Inguinal Hernia.docx .doc
Open Inguinal Hernia.docx .doc
Laparoscopic Ventral Hernia.docx .doc
Open Ventral Hernia.docx .doc
Partial Mastectomy With Axillary Management/Breast Biopsy.docx .doc
Total/Skin-Sparing Mastectomy With Axillary Management.docx .doc
Clinical Performance Assessment Forms:
Clinical Assessment and Management Exam - Outpatient (CAMEO)
Southern Illinois University
Mini-Clinical Evaluation Exercise (Mini-CEX)
American Board of Internal Medicine
  • Programs that use New Innovations residency management software can have electronic versions of the SIU forms exported directly to their system at no cost. To use this service, contact Melissa Smock at msmock@siumed.edu. Please include your New Innovations institution ID with your request.

Additional Materials

For questions regarding this requirement, please contact the ABS coordinator.