2007 Online Application Process
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The online application process for all ABS examinations has been posted. Start by reviewing the application instructions for your exam before beginning the application process:
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- Surgery: Recertification
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- Pediatric Surgery: Qualifying Recertification
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- Vascular Surgery: Qualifying Recertification
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- SCC: Certifying Recertification
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What's New
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American Board Surgery Certification Exam bullet_nospace.gifThe ABS is pleased to offer a new Your Surgeon is Certified brochure for use by diplomates in educating patients about board certification. Order information will also be mailed to diplomates in mid-July.
American Board Surgery Certification Exam bullet.gifThe section on Maintenance of Certification has been updated with further details on the ABS MOC Program.
American Board Surgery Certification Exam bullet.gifAdditional information has been posted about the vascular surgery primary certificate and the pathways leading to certification.
About the ABS
The American Board of Surgery (ABS) is an independent, non-profit organization founded in 1937 for the purpose of certifying surgeons who have met a defined standard of education, training and knowledge. Surgeons certified by the ABS, known as diplomates, have completed a minimum of five years of surgical training and successfully completed a written and oral examination process. The ABS currently certifies surgeons in the following fields: surgery (general surgery), pediatric surgery, vascular surgery, surgical critical care, and surgery of the hand.
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The ABS is one of the 24 member boards of the American Board of Medical Specialties.

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