Resources

Policies, articles, content outlines, news, announcements, exam dates and related fees, and more.

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Resources

Important information about certification

The ABS has a plethora of materials available for both surgeons and non-surgeons, including examination guides and content outlines, policies related to ABS certification, published journal articles about certification, information for patients, and more. Please see the sections below for specific materials categories, or view all of our available resources to peruse our entire resource library.

Dates & Fees

Examination dates, application deadlines, and related fees

3/15 - 5/31
2024
General Surgery QE/CE Readmissibility
Location: Pearson VUE testing centers
Fee: TBD
Application Deadline: 2/1/2024
Fee: $450
5/13 - 5/15
2024
Vascular Surgery Certifying Examination
Location: Virtual
Fee: $1,700

Registration available following the release of 2023 VSQE results.

7/18
2024
General Surgery Qualifying Examination
Location: Pearson VUE testing centers
Fee: $1,525
Application Deadline: 5/13/2024
Fee: $550
8/5
2024
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
Program/Trainee Documents and Info Booklets

Training-related information

Training-related resources for programs and trainees, including EPA materials.

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 RLQ pain...
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Evaluation and management of a patient with benign or...
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Evaluation and management of a patient with benign or...
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Evaluation and management of a patient with gallbladder disease.
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Exam Content Outlines & Guides

Examination information

Exam content outlines include topic categories and the approximate percentage of questions in each category included on a particular exam.

Targeted weights for each specific section and category on the ABSITE.
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Approximate percentage of questions on each topic that are included on the Vascular Surgery Qualifying Examination.
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Targeted weights for each specific section and category on the VSITE.
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Approximate percentage of questions on each topic that are included on the Pediatric Surgery Qualifying Examination.
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Targeted weights for each specific section and category on the PSITE.
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Approximate percentage of questions on each topic that are included on the Surgical Critical Care Certifying Examination.
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Assessment References

References for the Continuous Certification Assessment

All assessments are developed using references from an ABS partner journal or open-access articles that are selected by question authors each year.  Reference lists for each specialty are published each year ahead of the assessment administration window. 

SCORE CURRICULUM OUTLINES

SCORE Curriculum Outlines are updated annually

The SCORE Curriculum outlines for each specialty list patient care topics to be covered during a surgical training program.

SCORE Curriculum Outline for General Surgery

The SCORE Curriculum Outline for General Surgery is a list of topics to be covered in a five-year general...
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SCORE Curriculum Outline for Vascular Surgery

Lists patient care topics to be covered in a five-year integrated or two-year independent vascular surgery training program.
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SCORE Curriculum Outline for Pediatric Surgery

Lists patient care topics to be covered in a two-year pediatric surgery training program.
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SCORE Curriculum Outline for Surgical Critical Care

Lists patient care topics to be covered in a one-year surgical critical care training program.
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ABS Policies

Policies and procedures related to ABS certification

Candidates and diplomates are excepted to know and abide by all ABS policies and procedures.

Replacement of Certificate

Policy outlining how a diplomate may request a replacement of their original ABS certificate.
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Military Activation

Policy regarding active duty military as it relates to ABS examinations.
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Exam Admissibility Policy – General Surgery & Vascular Surgery

Policy outlining examination admissibility time limits for initial certification in general and vascular surgery.
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Re-entry to Surgical Practice

Policy regarding surgeon re-entry to active surgical practice following a voluntary or involuntary hiatus of two or more years.
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Journal Articles

Published work on ABS data

Articles related to the ABS and board certification.

Additional Resources

Information for patients and the public

Patient resources for understanding options available to them, medical license verification, checking board certification status, and more.

Verifying Board Certification Status

How to verify a surgeon's current board certification status with the American Board of Surgery.
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Other ABMS Surgical Specialty Boards

Policy governing leave during residency or fellowship training for applicants for board certification in vascular surgery.
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Checking Medical Licensure/Disciplinary Status

Policy governing leave during residency or fellowship training for applicants for board certification in vascular surgery.
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Information for Patients

Patient information on different types of surgery, checking medical license, surgical careers, other surgical boards, and more.
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