The ABS requires that all training completed following medical school be accredited by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) in the U.S., or by the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada (RCPSC). The director of the training program must attest that a surgeon has completed an appropriate educational experience and attained a sufficiently high level of knowledge, clinical and ethical judgment, and technical skills for the individual to be admitted to the certification process.
The ABS does not offer reciprocity with board certification earned in another country but, in certain cases, will grant credit for prior foreign training toward certification in general surgery or vascular surgery.
On July 1, 2023, the ABS introduced Entrustable Professional Activities (EPAs) at all ACGME-accredited general surgery residency programs as part of a shift to competency-based assessment of surgical trainees. EPAs are also in the early stages of development for the other ABS specialties, including vascular surgery, pediatric surgery, complex general surgical oncology, and surgical critical care, with plans to introduce this trainee assessment model to those specialty programs in the coming years.
Generally, surgeons who have completed some or all of their surgical training outside the U.S. and wish to become certified by the ABS must first enroll and complete training in an accredited U.S. or Canadian residency program.
The ABS may consider granting partial credit for foreign graduate medical education to a resident enrolled in a U.S. ACGME-accredited general surgery or integrated vascular surgery residency program upon request of the program director. The ABS will NOT consider requests from individual trainees. The ABS may accept in certain circumstances rotations completed outside the U.S. or Canada toward its general surgery or integrated vascular surgery residency training requirements.
Registration available following the release of 2024 CGSO QE results.
Any order changes submitted after the deadline (TBD) will incur a $300 fee per change.
International programs: Dates to be determined. These programs should contact ABS for pricing.
This exam is for surgeons who either: (1) did not successfully complete the lapsed pathway; or (2) are not eligible to enter the lapsed pathway.
Application will be available late February via the ABS website. Following application approval, candidates will receive information from the American Board of Anesthesiology (ABA) regarding exam registration.
The ABS has many important policies related to certification in any given surgical specialty area, and candidates will be expected to be aware of and abide by these policies throughout the certification process.