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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Examination Accommodations Policy

Policy outlining the procedure for requesting testing center or virtual examination accommodations for ABS examinations.
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International Rotations Policy

Policy outlining the requirements for residency or fellowship rotations completed outside the U.S. or Canada for general, vascular, and pediatric surgery, and complex...
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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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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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Vascular Surgery Leave Policy

Policy governing leave during residency or fellowship training for surgeons applying for initial board certification in vascular surgery.
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Surgical Critical Care Leave Policy

Policy governing leave during fellowship training for surgeons applying for initial board certification in surgical critical care.
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Complex General Surgical Oncology Leave Policy

Policy governing leave during fellowship training for applicants applying for board certification in complex general surgical oncology.
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