Surgery Board Certification – Eligibility Requirements Highlighted
The Board of Certification in Surgery (BCS) provides eligible physicians the opportunity to demonstrate their mastery in the core competencies and knowledge required to present themselves as qualified medical specialists in surgery. The Member Boards of the American Board of Physician Specialties (ABPS) share several eligibility requirements, including adherence to the ABPS Medical Code of Ethics and an unrestricted medical license issued by every state where the physician practices.
Surgery board certification through the BCS has its own set of eligibility requirements. Here are some of the highlights:
- Candidates must submit a documented summary of a minimum of twenty (20) surgical cases, in which the applicant had the lead role in managing. Case reports must be no older than twelve (12) months from the date the candidate’s application for certification is received by ABPS. Case reports should only include information on the care and services provided by the applicant.
- Candidates must have completed an ACGME-accredited PGY-1 program, or an AOA-accredited internship in surgery.
- Candidates must complete an AOA-accredited Osteopathic residency or an ACGME-accredited residency in General Surgery. The ABPS now accepts all residencies accepted by the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada (RCPSC). ABPS therefore now accepts all residencies approved by ACGME, AOA, or RCPSC.
To learn more about the eligibility requirements for surgery board certification through the BCS, contact the ABPS today. The ABPS is the official multi-specialty board certification body of the American Association of Physician Specialists, Inc.