Resources

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.

The ABS policies listed on this website are the current ones in effect and supersede all previous versions. The ABS reserves the right to make changes to all policies at any time.

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Privacy Policy

Policy outlining ABS practices regarding the collection and use of information about Site Users.
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Grace Year Policy

Grace years are available to everyone in good standing and enrolled in the ABS Continuous Certification Program, whenever an assessment is normally due.
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Medical License Requirement Policy

Policy outlining the different medical license requirements for initial certification and Continuous Certification.
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Annual Fee Policy

In order to continue meeting ABS certification requirements, diplomates enrolled in the ABS Continuous Certification Program must be current with their annual fee...
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Exam Admissibility Policies

Policies outlining examination admissibility time limits for initial certification by the ABS in general surgery, vascular surgery, pediatric surgery, complex general surgical oncology,...
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General and Thoracic Surgery Joint Pathway

This seven-year joint training pathway leads to certification in both general surgery and thoracic surgery.
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Hand Surgery Certifying Examination Admissibility Policy

Policy outlining admissibility time limits for the Hand Surgery Certifying Examination.
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Change to ITE Order Policy

All changes to In-Training Examination orders must be submitted via the Change of Order Form. Change requests submitted by email or phone will...
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Re-entry to Continuous Certification

Policy regarding re-entry to Continuous Certification for diplomates who are not in compliance with certification requirements.
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General Surgery Credit for Foreign Graduate Medical Education

Policy governing credit for foreign graduate training pertaining to board certification in general surgery.
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