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Outstanding Pass Rate: The Pass Machine Participant Pass Rate: 97.5%; Overall ABS® Pass Rate: 79%.
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A Study Community Welcomes You
Almost all board preparation now occurs online. With that convenience, though, comes less interaction with faculty and fellow ABS® General Surgery Certifying exam-takers.
When you register with The Pass Machine, you join a community of colleagues preparing for the same exam. On the community forum, you can ask questions, give advice, and offer to start or join a study group.
There is strength in numbers – help and be helped, stay motivated, and get connected. All with The Pass Machine! Get started today.
MOCK ORAL EXAMS
25 Recorded Mock Oral Exams: Observe exam candidates being put through the paces by hard-nosed examiners to learn which approaches fail and which excel. Model your own exam performance after successful ones and familiarize yourself with the tricky oral exam format. These recorded scenarios will help you become comfortable with the oral exam format and observe firsthand common pitfalls that derail examinees. After the vignette, each exam is thoroughly critiqued, identifying strengths and opportunities for improvement in every performance.
Lectures by Dr. Chevinsky:
Lecture ONE: How to Survive the Certifying Board Exam
Lecture TWO: Radiology You Need to Know
OUTSTANDING PASS RATE
136 Written Clinical Scenarios: Included are 136 clinical scenarios to practice on (PDF format). Familiarize yourself with the spectrum of scenarios presented during the exam, and hone your ability to organize your diagnostic evaluation and present the appropriate medical response. Reviewing these scenarios will build your confidence for the exam and allow you to rehearse the different techniques highlighted in the videos, so that when your exam comes you can deliver a winning performance!
OUTSTANDING PASS RATE: The Pass Machine Participant Pass Rate: 95%; Overall ABS® Pass Rate: 85%.
Always-on Convenience: The Pass Machine course is optimized for 24/7 online access from any computer, smartphone, or tablet device so you can watch the mock oral exams whenever you have a free moment.
Unlimited Repeat Viewing: The Pass Machine’s flexible course interface lets you watch the lectures in any order, as many times as you need to, with unlimited access for 12 months.
Course Study Guide With Notes And Scenarios: This PDF syllabus includes text for all 136 clinical scenarios.
Remember, the American Board of Surgery tests you on the entire breadth of your specialty, beyond what’s practical in your day-to-day. Let our knowledgeable faculty guide you through a comprehensive review that covers exactly what the General Surgery Certifying Exam content dictates.
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“I’m in downtown Chicago to highlight the anytime/anywhere/offline flexibility of The Pass Machine course. This General Surgery Certifying prep course features 25 recorded mock oral exams and 136 written clinical scenarios. But here’s the rub – all that great content will do you no good if you don’t get through it in time for the General Surgery Certifying exam. Here are a few examples of the ease of preparing with The Pass Machine: 1) listen to audio lectures and mock oral exams on the app as you commute to and from work, 2) read through a clinical scenario or two on your lunch break, 3) watch video lectures as you work-out on the stair climber or exercise bike, and 4) when you know you’ll be on call without Wi-Fi or cellular signal, download lectures to your phone ahead of time. Works great on flights as well!
Here at American Physician Institute we’re dedicated to your board success. That’s why we offer you a better-than-money-back pass guarantee. We don’t succeed unless you succeed.”
Yours in board exam success,
Jack Krasuski, MD, Executive Director
General Surgery Boot Camp
Recorded Oral Exams
136 Written Clinical Scenarios for Self Study
Upon completion of this program, participants should be able to:
- Employ techniques for organizing common surgical problems clinically
- Assess clinical skills in developing diagnostic evaluations
- Formulate risk assessment in preventing surgical site infections (SSIs)
- Integrate clinical reasoning skills and problem-solving ability
This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the accreditation requirements and policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) through the joint providership of PeerPoint Medical Education and American Physician Institute for Advanced Professional Studies, LLC. The PeerPoint Medical Education Institute is accredited by the ACCME to provide continuing medical education for physicians.
Online Course v5.1: Release Date May 21, 2018, Termination Date May 21, 2021:
The PeerPoint Medical Education Institute designates this enduring material for a maximum of 54.25 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™ and 54.25 Self-Assessment Credits. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.
Nurses & Nurse Practitioners: For all your CE requirements for recertification, the ANCC will accept AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™ from organizations accredited by the ACCME.
Physician Assistants: The NCCPA accepts AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™ from organizations accredited by the ACCME.
Read What Your Colleagues Are Saying About This Course
“The most valuable asset with the Certifying Exam prep was the structure to follow and to approach all the scenarios with similar methodology. It helped to provide a study guideline and allowed me to make sure that I was prepared for situations that would certain show up on the exam. It was a useful tool.”
Preetha Ali, MD, Seattle, WA
“I passed the exam. This course helped me understand the structure of the exam and witness common mistakes that are made and how to correct them. It also helped me see the importance of technique and not just content. I would recommend this course to colleagues.”
Michelle Haslinger, MD, Denver, CO
“This course was critical to my passing of the oral boards. I was well-prepared and passed the first time around. It is a must for everyone taking the oral boards.”
Everett Bonner, MD, Denver, CO
“I found the courses indispensable for getting me through my written and oral general surgery boards….I’m so impressed, I’m getting the critical care board review with no hesitation.”
Heather Hancock, MD, San Antonio, TX
“Excellent review of multiple scenarios in a short period of time. Course made prep for orals easy. I passed without difficulties – all of my cases were in the review materials”
Jason Bowersock, MD, Lima, OH
“I actually took the course for the written exam back in June, and it was instrumental in me passing the boards at that time. So when it came time for me to choose a course for the Oral Boards, it was a no-brainer that this was the way I was going to go.”
Nathan Kanning, MD, Sand Point, ID
Ashley Egan, MD, Garland, TX
“I passed it was incredibly helpful”
Maged Barry, MD, Chapel Hill, NC
“The materials are great! I am a 5th year resident and my program has mock orals every other month. I was picked last month and I did awesome! I used the materials to prepare, and I felt very confident about going into the exam. The organization is very clear and straight to the point. Explanations are not lengthy and therefore are easy to read and understand, and there is a lot of space to write notes. I am very happy with the self-study materials. I feel I am well ahead of the game and will be very prepared for the real exam at the end of the year.”
Maria Ver, MD, Chicago, IL
“The Oral board review course is the only one of its kind available. I found it invaluable to watch others being questioned. The accompanying notes were excellent. All of the topics I got asked in the exam were covered in this course.”
Ashling O’Connor, MD, Cambridge, MA
“Thank you very much for having me participate in your course. It was very well organized and a pleasure to attend. Small size was an advantage. The faculty is very effective and talented.”
John Griffin, MD, Westerly, RI
“This course has provided vital tools, as well as helped me to organize my preexisting tools/knowledge, to feel comfortable and more competent about the Oral Boards.”
William Phipps, MD, Warren, OH
“I highly recommend this course for preparation for the general surgery oral boards. I have taken another course and I feel better prepared after taking this course.”
Michael Hernando, MD, Mendham, NJ
“As with the review course for the qualifying exam, this course was up to date and very informative. It cut to the ‘meat’ of the necessary information without wasting time on things we should already know.”
Jennifer Martin, MD, Owensboro, KY
“I took the course – it was great! It really helped me focus on what was important for the test. The questions were priceless and almost identical to those asked on the test.”
Christine Van Cott, MD, Trumbull, CT
“It was very intense, it was very good. Dr. Chevinsky did a very nice job of covering a huge number of topics. Overall it was a great day.”
Hania Bednarski, MD, Mt. Kisco, NY
“Very informative and to the point. Concise review of scenarios and in depth management of complications. The staff is outstanding and the boot camp lecture superb.”
Kevi L. Christopher, MD, Wheaton, MD
“I found the course material and online portion very helpful, informative, and efficient. Well worth the time and money.”
Pedram Naeni, MD, Fresno, CA
“My whole preparation is based on what I hear here, and the course book that was sent. This is central, this is key.”
Nihil Jaik, MD, Nashville, TN
“The lectures were actually very good, consisting mostly of what the hot topics are on the test.”
Mehul Soni, MD, Bloomfield Hills, MI
“This course helped me to organize my study strategy, so that I can more efficiently focus my efforts”
Michael Taylor, MD, Fairview, OH
“Exam day became softball after completing this course.”
Jason Murphy, MD, Jackson, MS
“Great experience with all attending.”
Amid Keshamarzi, MD, Mountain View, CA
“Excellent surgical Boot Camp.”
Christopher Madison, MD, Beavercreek, OH
Michael Ditillo, MD, New Haven, CT
“Very good course.”
Diya Tantawi, MD, Medford, WI
Mabel Chu, DO, Dublin, CA
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American Board of Surgery Covid-19 Update
This information is updated weekly. For the most current update, please visit the ABS website.
Update August 27, 2020: FAQ Videos - 2020 General Surgery Qualifying Exam Solution.
ABS President and CEO Dr. Jo Buyske goes into more detailed explanations for some of the FAQs that have been answered about the solution for the 2020 General Surgery Qualifying Exam.
ABS Announces Solution for 2020 General Surgery Qualifying Exam.
The American Board of Surgery (ABS) announced today a solution to the 2020 General Surgery Qualifying Exam (QE). Candidates who were affected by the attempted administration of this exam in July were notified of this solution via email earlier today.
After reviewing and evaluating the many suggestions and solutions proposed by affected candidates, program directors, and other members of the surgical community, the ABS, along with the General Surgery Board, and the Assessment Committee of the ABS Council, have developed a solution that meets the following principles:
- Recognizes the negative experience of the 2020 QE candidates;
- Allows equitable access to certification in this academic year;
- Maintains exam security and reliability;
- Maintains standards set by both the ABS and the ABMS;
- Minimizes the likelihood of widespread disruption.
Update August 5, 2020: Continuous Certification Registration and Reporting Update.
In recognition of the impact that the COVID-19 pandemic is having on our diplomates, their practices, and their professional and personal lives, ABS is moving the due date for reporting requirements (CME, case logs, letters of recommendation) to Friday, Jan. 15, 2021.
We have also extended the window for taking the Continuous Certification Assessment, in order to provide more flexibility for those who are due for an assessment this year. Registration for the assessment will open on Aug. 10, and at that time, all diplomate profiles will be updated to reflect current standing with ongoing program requirements. Registration will remain open until the assessment window closes on Nov. 16, and the assessment itself will become available on Sept. 7.
Update July 31, 2020: September 2020 Specialty Exams Postponed.The ABS, along with the Vascular Surgery Board, Pediatric Surgery Board, Complex General Surgical Oncology Board and Trauma, Burns and Surgical Critical Care Board, have made the difficult decision to postpone the administration of the 2020 Vascular Surgery QE, Pediatric Surgery QE, Complex General Surgical Oncology QE and Surgical Critical Care CE. We do not yet have a new date for this exam, but it will not proceed as originally scheduled for September 14 and 15, 2020.
Update July 28, 2020: Video FAQs- 2020 Virtual General Surgery Qualifying Exam
Update July 21, 2020: FAQs - 2020 Virtual General Surgery Qualifying Exam
Update July 17, 2020: ABS Issuing Refunds, Launching Security Investigation for Virtual 2020 General Surgery QE.
The attempted administration of the virtual 2020 American Board of Surgery General Surgery Qualifying Exam was a failure. There is no way to sugarcoat it, and there is nothing that we, as an organization, can say right now to make those who were affected feel any better. We acknowledge that our failed attempt to deliver this exam has resulted in an incredible amount of stress for candidates. You are frustrated, angry and disappointed, and you have every reason to feel so. We failed to deliver the exam in a way that meets the standards to which we hold ourselves.
While we cannot give you back the time that you spent studying, away from your family, in the midst of the worst public health crisis that we have seen in a century, we can and will refund exam fees starting immediately. You should see the charges refunded to your credit card within two weeks. You do not need to submit a request for the refund; they are being issued automatically.
Surgery Board Exam Dates
General Surgery Qualifying Exam
Application Opens: April 15, 2020
Application closes (at 11:59 CT): April 30, 2020
Late application closes (at 11:59 CT): May 15, 2020
Exam: July 16, 2020
General Surgery Certifying Exam
Application Opens: Canceled June 1-3, 2020
Application closes (at 11:59 CT): Canceled June 1-3, 2020
Late application closes (at 11:59 CT): Canceled June 1-3, 2020
Exam: Canceled June 1-3, 2020
General Surgery MOC Exam
Application Opens: August 3, 2020
Application closes (at 11:59 CT): November 16, 2020
Late application closes (at 11:59 CT): November 16, 2020
Exam: September 7- November 16, 2020