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For Residency & Fellowship Programs

Information related to ABS certification requirements for program directors, program administrators and other program faculty.

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Portal Login

Log in to your program’s ABS portal

The program login is separate from the standard ABS candidate or diplomate login. The program portal is where programs can update their trainee roster, place In-Training Examination orders, update program contact information, and access important program-specific documents and notices.

In-Training Examinations
ABS offers In-Training Examinations for general surgery, vascular surgery, and pediatric surgery

The ABS In-Training Examination (ABSITE), Vascular Surgery In-Training Examination (VSITE), and Pediatric Surgery In-Training Examination (PSITE) are offered annually to related ACGME- and RCPSC-accredited surgical training programs. They are multiple-choice exams designed to measure the progress attained by surgical trainees in their knowledge of applied science and management of clinical problems related to their surgical specialty area.

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Important Dates

Upcoming examinations and related application deadlines

3/15 - 5/31
General Surgery QE/CE Readmissibility
Location: Pearson VUE testing centers
Fee: TBD
Application Deadline: 2/1/2024
Fee: $450
3/26 - 4/6
Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery Focused Practice Designation Examination
Location: Pearson VUE testing centers
Fee: $750
Application Deadline: 4/1/2024
Fee: $550
5/13 - 5/15
Vascular Surgery Certifying Examination
Location: Virtual
Fee: $1,700

Registration available following the release of 2023 VSQE results.

General Surgery Qualifying Examination
Location: Pearson VUE testing centers
Fee: $1,525
Application Deadline: 5/13/2024
Fee: $550
Hand Surgery Certifying Examination
Location: Pearson VUE testing centers
Fee: $1,725
Application Deadline: 3/1/2024
Fee: $550
Late App Deadline: 3/15/2024
Fee: $750
8/26 - 11/4
Continuous Certification Assessment
Location: Virtual
Fee: $285
Registration Start: 8/1/2024 - 11/4/2024

The $285 annual fee covers one assessment every other year, free access to all assessment reference materials, and general Continuous Certification Program participation.

Global Requirements for Certification

Required of all candidates for certification

The following items are required of all candidates for ABS certification, no matter what specialty or subspecialty certification they are applying for.

Entrustable Professional Activities
Now being implemented at all U.S.-based general surgery programs

On July 1, 2023, the ABS introduced Entrustable Professional Activities (EPAs) at all ACGME-accredited general surgery residency programs in an effort to promote 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 as well.

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Program News

Announcements for residency and/or fellowship programs


General Surgery Program Director Update – October 2022

With the 2022-2023 academic year underway, the ABS would like to remind programs of our policies and alert them to several changes to...
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ABS Announces More Flexible Family Leave Policy for Fellowship-Based Trainees

The ABS is pleased to announce a more flexible family leave policy for trainees completing a vascular surgery, pediatric surgery, surgical oncology, or...
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ABS Announces Transition to Entrustable Professional Activities for General Surgery Resident Evaluation

The ABS is pleased to introduce the ABS Entrustable Professional Activities (EPA) Project, which will launch in July 2023 for general surgery residency...
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General Surgery Residency Program Pass Rates
Three-year average pass rate of first-time examinees on general surgery initial certification examinations

The report posted below provides the most recent three-year average pass rate of first-time examinees on the General Surgery Qualifying Examination (QE) and General Surgery Certifying Examination (CE) for all ACGME-accredited general surgery residency programs with three years of examinee data.

The information is updated annually to reflect the rolling three-year experience. The current report encompasses examination results from July 2020 through June 2022.

This report is meant for the use of general surgery residency programs and for medical students who are interested in surgical residencies, as one factor that may be relevant in the evaluation of residency characteristics. The information is not considered in any way to reflect on the quality of care provided to patients by the parent institution..

Resources for Programs

Key documents

Timelines, booklets, curriculum information, and more.

Outlines the requirements for certification in general surgery.
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Outlines the requirements for certification in vascular surgery.
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Evaluation and management of a patient with soft tissue...
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Evaluation and management of a patient with cutaneous and...
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Evaluation and management of a patient with severe acute...
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Perioperative care of the critically ill surgery patient (includes...
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