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Board of Certification in Surgery

The Board of Certification in Surgery has postponed the acceptance of new applications for the Initial Certification exam in General Surgery.  Please click here for more information.

The ABPS surgery board certification exams enable successful candidates to present themselves to the public as qualified medical specialists in surgery. Completing the surgery board certification exams indicates mastery of surgery experience and knowledge, as well as a professional commitment to adhere to the ABPS Medical Code of Ethics.

The surgery board certification examination process consists of written and oral exams.

The format of the written exam is multiple-choice, single-response questions. The questions are developed and validated by Diplomates of the Board of Certification in Surgery (BCS) under the direction of the American Board of Physician Specialties (ABPS) and psychometric consultants.

If successful in passing the written portion of the surgery board certification exams, the candidate will advance to the oral exam at the next testing administration.

The oral exam of the surgery board certification exams is comprised of three to five case presentations in which the candidate describes his/her approach to managing a case presented by an examiner. Trained examiners who are board certified in surgery conduct the oral exam.

The affiliated Board of Certification in Surgery governs Surgery, as well as the specialties of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Ophthalmology, and Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery.  Information about the examinations, certification eligibility requirements, examination blueprints, and recertification requirements are separately listed and described respectively.