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Surgical Critical Care

Examinations

Successful completion of the Surgical Critical Care Certifying Exam is required for board certification in surgical critical care.

Intro

One exam is required for initial certification in surgical critical care

Successful completion of the Surgical Critical Care Certifying Exam (SCC CE) is required for board certification in surgical critical care (SCC). Applicants for certification in surgical critical care may complete the SCC CE prior to obtaining certification In general surgery but will not be considered certified in the specialty until primary certification in general surgery is obtained.

The SCC CE is a five-hour, multiple-choice examination held once per year on a single day at computer-testing centers across the U.S.

Examination While in Residency

Individuals may complete an ACGME-accredited surgical critical care training program following three (3) progressive years of ACGME-accredited residency training and take the SCC CE while still in residency. A guaranteed categorical residency position must be available to the individual following completion of surgical critical care training. The certificate in SCC is not awarded, however, until the individual has achieved primary certification.

Examination While in Process of Obtaining Primary Certification

Individuals who have completed an ACGME-accredited residency training program may apply for and take the SCC CE while in the process of obtaining primary certification. The certificate in surgical critical care will not be awarded, however, until the individual has achieved primary certification.

Application Access: Applicants who are still in residency, are from another ABMS surgical board, or have completed an ACGME-accredited anesthesiology critical care (ACC) program, must contact the exam coordinator for access to the online application process. The following information must be provided in the request:

  • In residency: The names and completion years of both the general surgery and surgical critical care programs.
  • Another ABMS surgical board or ABEM: The name of the SCC program and a copy of their primary certificate.
  • ACC fellow: Written confirmation of training and training completion date by the ACC fellowship program director or program administrator.
  • When Can I Take My Exams?

    Seven-year limit to certification

    Upon completion of surgical critical care training, a surgeon will have no more than seven academic years to achieve certification in SCC, i.e., pass the SCC CE.

    The seven-year period starts immediately upon completion of training. Once an application is approved, the applicant has a maximum of five (5) opportunities within five (5) consecutive years to take and pass the SCC CE. Only one exam opportunity will be offered in each year of that five-year period. If an applicant decides not to take the exam in a given year, it is a lost opportunity as the five-year limit is absolute.

    Primary certification in general surgery or vascular surgery is a requirement for certification in SCC, however, applicants may complete the SCC CE prior to obtaining primary certification. These individuals will not be considered certified in the specialty until primary certification is obtained.

    9/3 - 9/17
    2024
    Surgical Critical Care Certifying Examination
    Location: Pearson VUE testing centers
    Fee: $1,725
    Application Deadline: 7/22/2024
    Fee: $550

    Certifying Examination

    The first and only exam required for certification in surgical critical care

    The SCC CE is the single step toward board certification in SCC. The SCC CE’s purpose is to assess a surgeon’s cognitive knowledge and clinical judgment in SCC.

    Subspecialty Certification in Neurocritical Care

    ABS diplomates who are primarily engaged in the practice of neurocritical care may be eligible for certification in this subspecialty

    ABS has partnered with the American Board of Anesthesiology (ABA) to provide a pathway to certification in neurocritical care (NCC) for ABS diplomates who are currently certified in SCC. During a six-year “legacy” or practice pathway period (2021-2026), eligible SCC diplomates may qualify to take the exam if they are certified in NCC by the UCNS or CAST, have completed a fellowship in NCC, or have documented a certain amount of post-training clinical practice specifically related to NCC.

    Next Steps

    Individuals who meet ABS requirements may apply for the SCC CE through the online application process, which is posted each year in the spring.

    Contact a Coordinator

    Please use the form below to contact the appropriate exam coordinator. They will respond as soon as possible.