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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.

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Application Deadline Extended, Additional Dates Reserved for ABS Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery Focused Practice Designation Examination

The American Board of Surgery (ABS) announced today that the application deadline for the 2024 Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery Focused Practice Designation (MBS...
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Feedback on Adult Complex Thyroid and Parathyroid Surgery Focused Practice Designation Draft Test Blueprint

We invite you to review and provide feedback on the draft blueprint recently created for the new focused practice designation in adult complex...
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Validity of Entrustable Professional Activities in a National Sample of General Surgery Residency Programs

Montgomery KB, Mellinger JD, Jones A, et al. Validity of Entrustable Professional Activities in a National Sample of General Surgery Residency Programs. J...
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ABS EPA Development Flowchart

A detailed look at the process for developing EPAs, from developing the Scope Council to defining and writing EPAs, functions, and behaviors.
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Privacy Policy

Policy outlining ABS practices regarding the collection and use of information about Site Users.
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ABS Welcomes Dr. Karen Brasel as Vice President

The American Board of Surgery is pleased to welcome Dr. Karen Brasel as the new vice president of the organization, beginning on May...
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ABS EPA App User Guide

A step-by-step guide on how to use the ABS EPA App to complete an EPA assessment.
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How to Use EPAs to Take Charge of Your Training Infographic

An infographic detailing how residents can use EPAs to take charge of their surgical training.
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Using EPAs to Support Struggling Residents Infographic

How EPAs can be used to support struggling residents by creating a shared language and a space for constructive feedback.
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General Surgery EPAs Anatomy Visual

The 18 general surgery EPAs and their relation to a patient's anatomy.
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