Vascular Surgery Recertification Exam
A new assessment process
is being introduced in 2018 for general surgery, with other ABS specialties launching over the new few years, that will gradually replace the traditional recertification exam. Diplomates with vascular surgery certificates expiring in 2018 will need to pass the recertification exam to continue their certification; certificates will not be extended. More information on the new assessment process for vascular surgery will be available later this year.
When to Take Exam
- Diplomates are eligible to take a recertification exam starting 3 years before their certificate's expiration; this includes the final year of certificate validity. Surgeons who no longer operate may still register for the exam. Surgeons with lapsed certificates should refer to our Lapsed Certificate Policy. Surgeons on active military duty who may encounter difficulty taking the exam should notify the ABS as soon as possible.
To be eligible for this exam, diplomates must:
- Certification Status: Be certified by the ABS in vascular surgery and meeting the requirements of Continuous Certification. Certification may not be revoked. Current certification in general surgery is not required. Diplomates not meeting requirements cannot register for the exam until re-entry requirements are met.
- Professional Activity: Be in the active practice and/or teaching and/or research and/or administrative activities relevant to vascular surgery. If diplomates are providing care to hospitalized patients, they must hold practice privileges at an accredited health care institution. If diplomates no longer hold privileges, they must provide an explanation when updating their practice information.
- Operative Log: Submit an operative experience report every 10 years (in any ABS specialty). The report will cover the most recent calendar year or a more recent 12-month period, reflecting experience at the institution where the majority of work is performed. Note: Diplomates who no longer operate will provide instead information about their current activities.
- Professional References: Receive satisfactory references every five years from the chair of surgery and chair of credentials at the institution where the majority of work is performed. If necessary, another physician of comparable rank may be used.
- Medical License: Have a currently registered full and unrestricted license to practice medicine in the U.S. or Canada. Diplomates are required to immediately inform the ABS of any conditions or restrictions in force on any active medical license they hold.
- Adhere to the ABS Ethics and Professionalism Policy.
- The online registration process is posted each year in spring please see How to Register. Eligible diplomates will be notified when registration opens.
- Diplomates who register for multiple recertification exams within a five-year period do not need to submit most materials more than once; however fees must be submitted for each exam.
- Upon passing the exam, the ABS will waive 60 credits of CME with self-assessment toward Continuous Certification; the waiver will appear automatically in your CME Repository.
- Surgeons who achieve ABS recertification may also apply to the AMA to receive 60 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits. Please see the AMA website and the direct CME application (pdf) for details.
For specific inquiries, please send an email to the exam coordinator.