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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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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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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General Surgery Leave Policy

Policy governing leave during residency training for surgeons applying for initial board certification in general surgery.
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Examination of Persons with Disabilities

Policy outlining the procedure for requesting accommodations to ABS examinations for individuals with documented disabilities.
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Examination Accommodations for Lactating Mothers and Other Medical Conditions

Policy outlining the procedure for requesting testing center accommodations for conditions that are not ADA-related but require extra exam time.
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General Surgery Readmissibility to Examinations

Policy regarding regaining admissibility to general surgery initial certification examinations.
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ABSITE Irregularities Policy

Policy outlining how irregularities in a program's ABSITE administration will be handled.
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General Surgery Re-entry to Residency After Hiatus

Policy regarding re-entering surgical residency following a hiatus of four or more years.
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General Surgery Limit on Number of Programs

Policy regarding the number of residency training programs that an applicant for board certification in general surgery may train at.
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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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