General Surgery MOC Review
AMA PRA Category 1
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Here’s Everything You Need to Pass:
|Instant access to pass-guaranteed course for 12 months (See Agenda)|
|600+ General Surgery MOC Board Review practice questions|
|44+ hours of high-yield lectures featuring board-focused faculty|
|Illustrated course study guide (PDF)|
|Earn up to 69.25 AMA PRA Category 1 CME Credits™|
|69.25 Self Assessment Credits Included|
|NEW! iOS & Android mobile app|
|CME Vault for claiming and storing your CME certificates|
|Online study group with other course participants|
|Triple Trust Guarantee – Pass or get a 110% refund|
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LASER-FOCUSED LECTURES: A comprehensive library of video lectures precisely aligns to the General Surgery MOC exam blueprint, so you focus on all exam topics and keywords with no wasted effort.
BOARD-EXPERIENCED FACULTY: Board-certified faculty are experienced in teaching General Surgery Recertification board exam preparation. Thus, every lecture is up to date, medically accurate, and entirely board-relevant.
General Surgery MOC STUDY GUIDE: The included PDF provides the complete course syllabus, hundreds of pages long. (Printed version also available at checkout.)
Board-Style Practice Questions
COMPREHENSIVE QUESTION BANK: 600+ General Surgery MOC multiple-choice questions (MCQs) are included. Each question carefully follows the ABS board exam content outline and format.
REALISTIC TEST ENVIRONMENT: Prepare by taking practice tests in a format that’s just like the actual exam.
THE “QBL” METHOD: “Question-Based Learning” ensures that your review is 100% relevant to the ABS® General Surgery MOC exam. This proven method works by embedding multiple-choice questions into course lectures.
OPTIMIZED FOR LEARNING: Unlike other Q Banks, The Pass Machine General Surgery Recertification practice questions include referenced explanations, so you learn the “how” and “why” behind every question.
PEER COLLABORATION: A study community welcomes you. Ask and answer colleague questions, form study groups, and track your progress.
Strength in numbers: Help and be helped, stay motivated, and get connected. All with The Pass Machine!
Anytime, Anywhere Access
ON-THE-GO CONVENIENCE: Fit your General Surgery Recertification board review around your busy schedule. Get 24/7 online access optimized for smartphone, tablet, and desktop.
MOBILE APP: Includes phone app for downloading lectures for viewing when out of Wi-Fi or cellular reach.
UNLIMITED REPEAT VIEWING: Watch lectures in any order, as many times as you need to, with unlimited access for 12 months.
CME CREDITS: Earn 69.25 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™ and 69.25 Self-Assessment Credits – 44.25 credits from reviewing lectures plus 25 credits from completing the included Q Bank multiple-choice questions. Your annual employer-provided educational funds may be used to cover the costs of this CME activity.
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 MOC Exam Blueprint dictates.
Register and Study Within Minutes – No Hassles, Wasted Energy, or Delays!
“Here’s the challenge: this General Surgery MOC board review features 44.25 hours of laser-focused lectures, 600+ Q Bank questions, and 69.25 AMA PRA Category 1 CME Credits™ and 69.25 self-assessment credits, but all that great content means nothing if you don’t get through it in time for the exam. So, The Pass Machine makes your prep easy. For example:
- Listen to audio lectures on the app as you commute to and from work
- Answer a few MCQs on your lunch break
- Watch video lectures as you work-out on the stair climber or exercise bike
- Download lectures to your phone ahead of a flight or when out of wi-fi or cellular range
We’re dedicated to helping you pass your boards and 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
Read What Your Colleagues Are Saying About This Course
"I did pass the course- listened to all the lectures and worked through all the questions. I still don't know my score. I listened to the lectures about 1 a night and it was a good review of general surgery in bite sized pieces which was very helpful. I also did Sesap 15 and frankly both of them were helpful. I would highly recommend the course. In the past I had traveled to take a course but the online format was much easier with my practice situation and family life and overall a lot cheaper. Overall the lecturers were great, esp. Transplant surgeon. Loved his sense of humor and line about JCAHO- Jackaho!"
Norman F. McGowan III, MD, Greenville, AL
"I would like to thank American Physician Institute for making this course available. I was successful in passing my American Board of Surgery recertification exam. The material was well organized and covered all of the pertinent topics. I did the online course which allowed me to study at my own pace based upon my busy schedule. Being able to go back and re-watch the lectures with the written materials was invaluable. No question in my mind that this course contributed to my success on my recertification exam. Again, thank you."
Carl Lange, MD, Gibsonia, PA
"Life gets busy and I just caught myself having do do my General Surgery Boards Recertification within 2 months. I was not sure I had time to review it all while working. The Pass Machine course allowed me to review the material in my computer and my iPhone. I was able to listen to the lectures while traveling back and forth and log in to do questions in my computer whenever I got a chance. On the day of the test on average I completed my test questions within 50% of the time and had plenty time to review my questions. I passed and highly recommend the course."
Daniel De Oliveira, MD, Halingen, TX
"Happy to inform that I passed my recertification test. Your online lectures were excellent and provided the information needed not only to pass the test but to keep you updated on some new standards of care. I did find your practice exams were much more difficult than the actual exam. Otherwise your course was a very positive experience. Thank you."
Yong Yoon, MD, Saginaw, MI
"I enjoyed the ease of use/format of the online materials. It certainly helped me accomplish the daunting task of preparing for recertification which I am proud to report I passed."
Joey Barrios III, MD, Lafayette, LA
"I passed, what more can I say. Given that I have only practiced vascular surgery for the past decade...a good thing!"
Alan Mintz, MD, Thousand Oaks, CA"I passed. I could not have done it without your superb course. Thank you, thank you, thank you."
Barbara Schneider, MD, Toms River, NJ
"The Surgery Couse was very informative and current about all the sub-specialities. Without attending it, I doubt that I could have passed the examination. I would recommend this course very strongly to any one wanting to pass the examination and remain current in the different fields. I have not seen any other course that could compare to this."
Ahmed Khan, MD, Piano, TX
"The American Physician Institute is holding this course in general surgery with speakers of first class in their respective field of expertise. Very focused and up to date in the current surgical needs of our practice in surgery. I recommend this course without hesitation to anyone looking for a deep review - Thank you Dr. Krasuski for your vision."
Luis Serentill, MD, Miami, FL
“An excellent course. I would not want to face the exam without the information provided in this course.”
Christopher Capel, MD, Casa Grande, AZ
"The webinar format for this course was fantastic. It allowed me to watch lectures and review subjects at my own leisure, without the hassle of travel and accommodations. Great job. In addition, the practice exams allow one to review his or her knowledge base."
Anthony Lowham, MD, Lander, WY
“THANK YOU for your help in the recent recertification general surgery exam. I found your review course very useful and practical. You have an excellent team of teachers. Needless to say, as we get older it is very difficult to sit and read books to prepare for exams. I am glad I took your course – it helped me to pass the exam with ease. I highly recommend your course to anyone who is to take the recertification exam. Please convey my sincere thanks to everyone in your team.”
Shanmugam Lakshmanan, MD, Salem, IL
“This year I will be taking my 3rd recertification examination. I had taken 3 recertification review courses before. I believe yours is the best of all I have experienced.”
John Chacko, MD
“I called a colleague whose name I saw on your flyer. She recommended the course and helped in my decision to sign-up for the home study course. Although I had already purchased another program, I liked the guarantee and wanted to pass, hope to pass on the 1st attempt on year 10 before expiration. I did not have time in a busy practice to leave town and like the ability to go to the lectures, test questions and slides on-line right from my desk at work or home and not have to have the DVD’s with me at all times. Just login and I’m there!”
Greggory N. Angier, MD, Mt. Pleasant, TX
“The quality of the course material, its design and the speakers were in one word – Excellent!!! The format of the home study course and webinars combined with practice exams that were easily accessible on any computer with internet access and my mobile phone allowed me, a busy community general surgeon, to make the best use of my time and review some unfamiliar topics more than once. Re-certification exam aside, I am a better, more informed and educated surgeon today because of this course. Thanks!”
Kranthi Achanta, MD, Fremont, CA
“The course was unbelievably helpful. There just seemed to be so much more information to learn this time around. Your course covered most topics on the test. The home study allowed me to complete the course at my leisure and I have listened to many of the lectures over and over. I now look forward to attending the Master Trauma course. By the way, I passed!”
Thomas Vinson, MD, Columbus, MS
“The preparation that the American Physician Institute provided for the board MOC exam was excellent! All of the information was either in the lectures or in the binder. I was able to take the exam with confidence after reviewing the information and taking some of the practice tests.”
Elizabeth Harvey, MD, Naperville, IL
“Great review prep course. I am a busy general surgeon with a private practice and cover a busy ER every other night. Am pres med staff with lots of meetings and issues to deal with. Difficult to find quality time to organize my review and study material, but no need you did it all. Easy to access webinars and practice tests. Felt super comfortable walking into the exam and especially after leaving it. Very prepared, a great experience, no stress with this exam after the course.”
George Tershakovec, MD, Homestead, FL
“This course left me well prepared and confident for the recertification exam. There were no surprises and I felt each question was addressed during the course. The practice exams were outstanding and close variations were encountered. I breezed through the exam with time to spare. When I left the exam I knew I had passed thanks to your course.”
Chris Wagner, MD, Appleton, WI
“Took the home study course. Excellent distillation of information. The web-based course allows for excellent use of spare time anywhere, even with the iPhone.”
John Yatsu, Austin, TX
“I took the online course, and it was perfect for me. I reviewed the lectures in the evenings and weekends just a few weeks before my Recert. I had no trouble finishing or passing, thanks to this course!”
James Redmann, MD, Covington, LA
"An excellent course with great technological enhancements and many relevant sample questions."
Robert Weiner, MD, Kalaheo, HI
“If you are considering a single source or course to use to prepare for general surgery recertification, The Pass Machine should be at the top of the list. I just successfully completed my third recertification and found that The Pass Machine definitely works. Try it – you’ll like it!”
Phillip Lindsay, MD, Alexandria, CA
"I took the Home Study Course and found it to be very comprehensive. IT prepared me very well for the recertification examination which I passed the first time taken. This course truly is a great tool to prepare one for the recertification exam."
Steve Duras, MD, University Place, WA
“The American Physician review course for General Surgery is the most complete and comprehensive I have attended. The faculty was excellent – they seemed so sincere in wanting to teach us so we can pass the recertification test. For a busy practicing solo surgeon with limited time, it was a pleasure for me having them (the faculty & staff) be so interested in our recertification and testing.”
Steven Feldhaus, MD, Omaha, NE
"Intense but very useful and refreshing course with recent developments in all specialties included. A very good course oriented towards the ABS exam."
K.B. Deshpande, MD, Westlake, OH
"The time away from my practice was well worth it. Concise information, provided efficiently. Definitely lots of information delivered in short order. Much better organized than other board review courses."
Andrew J. Berson, MD, FACS, Colorado Springs, CO
"This high-quality course delivers nicely. Knowledge & experience of faculty establishes credibility. Good communicators who were very focused. Course materials are excellent. Support staff are helpful."
J.M. Hassett, MD, Buffalo, NY
"I was pleasantly surprised how comprehensive the online lectures were in facilitating my Board studying. Thanks for a great product! I certainly would use it again."
Mark Potter, MD, Napa, CA
"This is the third time I’ve taken this course, and I have never been disappointed. Outstanding job."
Douglas Smego, MD, Chicago, IL
"I believe the faculty has done an outstanding job in trying to cover such a vast amount of material in such a short time. An exceptional review of the subject matter in preparation for the exam."
Thomas Mincheff, MD, Hartsville, SC
"5 years of Resident book knowledge crammed into 4 days. Excellent speakers who keep your attention during the 10 hour days."
John Olinde, MD, Melbourne, FL
"Overall, very satisfied. Well-organized, covered a lot of material. Very good review."
Richard Karlin, MD, New Orleans, LA
"This course met my expectations. I would recommend to anyone for recertification, but also to refresh knowledge for day-to-day practice."
Ravinder Annamaneni, MD, Fayetteville, NC
"Course very comprehensive. Well-focused on exam questions. Instructors very knowledgeable."
Joseph Bennett, MD, Newark, DE
"I especially appreciated the alerts to the items that are always on the test."
Alice Rocke, MD, Sugar Hill, NH
"The course is excellent and very well-organized. Study aids and E-dashboard are very useful. The written material is great. Excellent faculty. The topics are covered thoroughly. Having the time away from work was helpful."
Alfredo Rego, MD, Ft. Lauderdale, FL
"Your course was comprehensive, detailed, and your speakers were very knowledgeable."
Joe Parks, MD, Newnan, GA
"This course is a must for preparation for recertification!"
Eric Kalish, MD, Wilmington, DE
“This was a wonderful course and the material was top notch. There's too much information to review in general surgery and I was too busy in practice to come up with a comprehensive study plan on my own. SESAP alone just wasn't enough. I found the material was right on target with the exam and I had no problem passing. I knew I passed before I was halfway through the recertification exam.”
Joseph Bennett, MD, Newark, DE
“Your review course is very helpful to me because it gives me a quick and concise way to prepare for the General Surgery recertification exam. I have been away from General Surgery for the past 10 yrs, concentrating mainly in ER and Cosmetic Surgery. The live lectures are especially helpful to me, as well as the exam questions and concise course notes. This is definitely an excellent program, which is why you can back it up with your amazing triple plus guarantees. Thanks for helping me pass the recertification exam. I would highly recommend this review course to any General Surgeon due to take their recertification exam.”
David Hon, MD, FACS, Lawrenceville, GA
“Great review of the latest and up-to-date material. The independent study course was great. I could study whenever, wherever, and however I wanted to. Even though I’m in a highly specialized practice with high clinical demands… it was easy to prepare and pass!”
Thomas Shellenberger, MD, Phoenix, AZ
“I think your course was an excellent avenue for my recertification review. It was money and time well invested, as I passed my recertification test. I give your review course two thumbs up, especially since I was able to pass the exam without having practiced general surgery for the past 7 years!!!!!!”
Michell Cohn, MD, Edmond, OK
“The Pass Machine course was highly recommended by my wife, who is also a general surgeon. She took the recertification course last year and easily passed. This year I took the online course and easily passed. As a very busy surgeon in private practice and academics, this program fit perfectly into my busy schedule. As my practice has become more specialized, the need for a comprehensive review was even more important. These lectures were very focused and thorough. I will definitely be looking for this course for my next recertification.”
Keith Boone, MD, FACS, FASMBS, Fresno, CA
"I found the Online Course to be very efficient and with extensive coverage of all the subjects I required to pass my Recertification. "Well Done" and keep it up. Have already recommended it to friends and will use it again in the future!"
Jeffrey Lawhon, MD, Edenton, NC
"Excellent course. I passed the general surgery recertification exam, only using The Pass Machine for study. I would recommend to anyone taking the exam. Thank you Pass Machine!!!!!"
Kristine Carter, MD, Gulfport, MS
“This course was excellent and beyond all my expectations. Webinars and binders are so useful for daily surgical practice! I may consider doing this course again for surgical CMEs and not just for recertification. Thank you!”
Jose Vale, MD, FACS, Marion, OH
“The Pass Machine home course helped me study for and pass my General Surgery recertification exam. I am a subspecialist in Colon and Rectal Surgery and have limited my practice to my subspecialty for the past twenty years. I was apprehensive because many areas within general surgery have changed so much in the intervening years. I felt your course was an excellent preparation and liked the convenience of being able to take the course online at my own convenience and pace.”
Carey Nathan, MD, Newark, DE
“Having done no general surgery cases over the last 25 years made me concerned about preparing for this current recertification examination. I elected to use The Pass Machine as my preparation for the examination. I opted to take the course online as opposed to a weekend course requiring traveling. This allowed me to structure my preparation when I had as little as 30 min to work. It was extremely easy to load the lectures online. I found the physicians who presented the lectures to be excellent not only in their completeness and thoroughness at which they addressed their subjects, but also impressive in their knowledge base. Needless to say, there is a tremendous amount of information in any of these topics that could be tested. The focus in each individual lecture was appropriate and the information given was thorough. The subsequent practice examinations were also very helpful. The results of my studying were positive. I would wholeheartedly recommend The Pass Machine for surgeons preparing for their recertification examination.”
Eric Jaxheimer, MD, RVT, FACS, Wyomissing, PA
“I have a very busy Plastic Surgery practice but I wanted to renew my General Surgery Board certification. Being a solo practitioner, I did not have the luxury of attending a review course. Luckily, I found out about The Pass Machine online course. I enjoyed the video lectures, did the review examinations, obtained lots of CME and passed the recertification examination with a smile. Thank you.”
Ajaipal Kang, MD, Erie, PA
“The course was not only essential to my ability to pass the recertification in surgery exam, it was a great way to refresh and update my fund of knowledge. The lecturers were excellent (many were much better than last year), and the information provided was absolutely germane to the test. I would recommend this course for anyone preparing for their specialty boards. This is my second time going through the recertification process--after 20 years, I wish I had known about it the first time around--because even though I passed my boards without it, I still learned so much that would have been helpful even then!”
Sharon Keene, MD, Tucson, AZ
"You’re busy in your private practice and you don’t have much time to take off, and it just forces you to get the basics and go over all the subjects that you don’t use on a daily basis. The speakers are excellent."
Ron Arison, MD, Pompano Beach, FL
"What I like is that it’s specifically geared towards the board questions, and that part of it has been very helpful for me. It’s going to be a big part of my preparation."
Louis Certo, MD, Girard, OH
"The course is very important because it helps me to focus and points out what is important and what is less important to pass the exam."
Diedrich Holtkamp, MD, Brooklyn, NY
"I really like the speakers. I think the information varies by subject matter as to my familiarity – some areas I am familiar with and already know but some I really don’t, and it’s been a long time since I’ve looked at those things."
David Slama, MD, Rapid City, SD
"The lecture series is great – it seems very well organized. It appears to be a very comprehensive overview focusing on the areas that are most likely to appear on the exam."
Joseph Vanderlinden, MD, San Bernardino, CA
"It’s all interesting, relevant, and there’s a lot of it."
William Waldo, MD, Show Low, AZ
"Last year was crazy - I am a vascular surgeon. I have not done general surgery in over 10 years. I didn’t even have to take the gen surg recert exam. Feeling obligated to still recert in gen surg, I took your course in Chicago the last week of September because I was going to be there anyway to give a lecture elsewhere… I finished the course, gave a lecture at a separate meeting in Chicago the last weekend of the course on critical limb ischemia. The very next Wednesday, (Sept 30, 2009) I took the VASCULAR SURGERY RECERT exam and passed it. From the day of my vasc recert exam until I took the gen surg recert in early December, I did not study anything else for the gen surg recert, at all. I did not even open a book. My entire prep for that exam was sitting in the lectures in Chicago, staying awake and letting the info soak in. I did review the practice tests and questions prior, but, after the course, I did nothing else what so ever. I guess that’s why they call it the "Pass Machine!" So, I passed two ABS recert exams within three months! So, I thank you very much for the outstanding course! I would be more than happy to formally share my testimony for your company! Please tell Dr. Jack hello!"
Paul Vaughn, MD, Mesa, AZ
"Without the course, I felt overwhelmed at the sheer amount of material to read and learn. However, the course brought the material to life, and allowed me to focus on the material which was most important."
Ali Aurangzeb, MD, Meriden, CT
"I feel more confident about recertification after taking this course."
Pam Howard, MD, Little Rock, AR
"Excellent review and preparatory course. Thank you"
Farid Said, MD, Norwalk, OH
"Excellent course. Helps guide me and has improved my knowledge. I feel confident as the exam approaches."
Todd Sachs, MD, Los Angeles, CA
"This is an excellent review course! I’ll recommend it to my colleagues."
Fernando Estrada, MD, Bethlehem, PA
"This is a better use of my time than sitting at a desk reviewing alone."
George Woodman, MD, Memphis, TN
"Very good overall review that I believe will be instrumental in obtaining a passing score on the recertification exam."
Stephen McElmurry, MD, Clarksville, AR
"Excellent tool to assure passing the examination."
Slobodon Jazarevic, MD, Fort Pierce, FL
"A comprehensive review course geared to prepare a physician for the boards in a very short period of time."
Ela Timbadia, MD, Phoenix, AZ
"Overall a very good course – speakers were knowledgeable and approachable."
Joseph Pearson, MD, Florence, SC
"Very positive. Very educational."
Adel Armanious, MD, Latrobe, PA
"Very easy to access, and a great way to ensure a solid preparation for General Surgery Board Certification."
Patrick Gonzalez, MD, Tampa, FL
"It offers a concise “need to know” presentation of materials required to pass the recertification exam. It is an efficient and effective use of time."
Elizibeth Suh, MD, Florence, MT
"I have attended several review courses, but this one is by far the best."
William Noell, MD, Silva, NC
"As an online participant, the course format made me feel as though it was my personal course."
Anne-Marie Regal, MD, Corte Madera, CA
"Great course. It will help you pass your exam for ABS."
Eric Cornwell, MD, Lodi, CA
"Great course – well organized."
Craig Wilkerson, MD, SCC, Utah
"Great review – both clinical and basic knowledge for the busy general surgeon."
Kassem Charara, MD, Dearborn, MI
"I thought the course was very helpful, especially in the areas that I don’t specifically practice (gynecology, head and neck, urology, vascular). The lectures were very well-organized and concise."
David Redd, MD, Lookout Mountain, TN
"I thought the presentations were very thorough. The review questions were more difficult than those on the exam. The topics were well-covered and the information up-to-date."
Harry Ballard, MD, New Bern, NC
"Great material - especially the multiple choice questions."
Majed Jandali, MD, Kenosha, WI
"Overall, excellent review course – best taken online. This was an enormous advantage. Well worth the cost."
Eric Young, MD, Marion, SC
"Very complete, informative and practical."
Mario Mancheno, MD, Weehawken, NJ
"I took the course online. That made it very convenient. I could do it at my own speed and it filled hours normally wasted while I am sitting in the surgeon’s lounge waiting for my cases to start."
Howard Berger, MD, Brick, NJ
"This course represents a component of one’s efforts to continue the education process – studying for a test for recertifying is admittedly daunting and intimidating. A course like this gives one the satisfaction that they have covered a large amount of testable/current information and for me represents a source of confidence as I continue in my preparations."
Thomas Boyle, MD
"I have never been able to stay awake and interested for as long and for as much material as I did for this meeting – excellent!"
Arthur Jones, MD
"I have practiced trauma & surgical critical care for 20 years. I am taking my third recertification for General Surgery. I needed a review of the other areas of general surgery. This course exceeded my expectations for this review. The staff was helpful in getting me in to the course. I will recommend this course to my colleagues."
Ed Racek, MD
"I have been at another pre-test course – I found this course was more focused and concise. I feel more confident heading into the exam having been here and having the materials from this course to study at home."
Louis Blaum, MD
"Enjoyed the course."
Mohammad Jabbar, MD
Mary Limback, MD
"Excellent course for preparing you for the Board Exam."
Brook Dejere, MD
"The course speaks for itself."
Charles Saletta, MD
"I appreciated how each lecture highlighted critical study areas and clarified their learning. I am hopeful for a successful exam."
Ramon Quinones, MD
"Well-organzied and intense. Worth the money and time."
Stewart Gifford, MD
"This course streamlines the vast amount of surgical information into relevant tools necessary for surgical exams and clinical practice."
Michael Banda, MD
"Overall the course was excellent .By far, the best speaker of the course was Dr. Louis Portugal – not only was he excellent in his knowledge, he made it very interesting and fun."
Rajendra Shrivastav, MD
Abdul Arshad, MD
"I enjoyed the directed approach. The additional advantage si that the material can be applied to daily practice."
Hu Blake, MD
"Well organized. A quick way to update your knowledge on the latest information available."
Ascension Torres, MD
"I found this to be a very helpful review. My practice is devoted to breast surgery and much has changed since my training and my first recertification, therefore this overview has helped my study tremendously. Most of the speakers are truly excellent, some outstanding."
Diane Radford, MD
"Outstanding review. Well done."
Garron Lukas, MD
"The course highlighted my weaknesses and gave information to improve this . The slides are excellent and concise. The speakers are very good. All in all an excellent experience. I have no doubt I will pass the exam."
Thomas O’Callaghan, MD
"This was a fantastic course. The audio-visual was well done. It is so much nicer to do the internet course at your own pace instead of sitting in a room for 8 hours a day. Plus you could go over the lectures as many times as you want. The test question bank was an excellent guide. Some of the questions were actually on the test. The folder of slides was also a very good study guide to refer to."
Manjula Jeyapalan-Noone, MD, Los Gatos, CA
"Fast, efficient, effective."
Robert Knowles, MD, Norfolk, VA
"The internet course worked really well. Passed Recert exam on the first try. Strongly recommending internet course to multiple colleagues."
John Mast, MD, Tracy, CA
"Passed recertification exam without difficulty."
Herman Houin, MD, Grosse Pointe, MI
"This was a very targeted and helpful course for the recert exam. The online home study option was a huge plus for me personally."
William Greiser, MD, Colorado Springs, CO
"I took my Board Exam this past Friday 12/5/08. I am indebted to you. This is my fourth Board Examination, I am going on 64 years of age and have been in practice since 1975. My last Board Exam was 9 years ago and it was very much like the SESAP courses that I had taken. I have taken every SESAP course including the last one (13). Quite frankly, I did not feel like I learned anything from these last SESAPs. Since your course could be taken on line, I got interested in it. I found most of your lectures and lecturers to be excellent material and I enjoyed most of them, for the sole purpose of learning, it was a pleasure. But I did not like your test materials. I thought there were too easy and not representative of what the real exam would be like.
Boy, was I wrong. You hit it right on the button. In fact, how can you avoid being accused of "cheating" since your style of questions, and questions themselves are so close to the exam? I know I cannot discuss the questions on the exam, but if someone were to ask me what it was about, I would say, take "The Pass Machine"! I do believe that I might have passed the exam without your help, but that is a mighty big "might". There was only one question that I had no idea what the answer might have been. There were many questions that I could answer correctly because you taught how to reason the answers and questions. There were many questions that you directly addressed in your three recertification exams. And your lectures taught way over the exams. Needless to say, I am very glad I took your course.
I will be filling out your course evaluation form, and I will be in touch to tell you the final results. Again, thank you, thank you very much."
George H. Pfaltzgraff, MD, Hampton, IA
"Dr. Krasuski: This was a unique learning experience for me. This was the first time I took a home study course. My practice is very much limited to breast and elective general surgery, hence I was apprehensive to fast approaching recertification examination. After registering and receiving the course material via internet connection, learning became much fun. All speakers were outstanding. I regained my confidence and I took my examination on December 9, 2008. I believe I did well. Keep the good work! Sincerely yours,"
Qamar Amiruddin, MD, North Baldwin, NY
"I find the course material presented is very useful for exam and for practice."
Satyavardhana Yerubandi, MD, Huntsville, AL
"This course provided me with a comprehensive, practical and interesting review of general surgery which has been very useful in preparing for my recertification exam."
Marvin Nevonen, MD, Duluth, MN
"It is very difficult for me to leave town, so I did the home version of the course. It worked out extremely well for me because it allowed me to view the webinars at times that my schedule permitted and to view them repeatedly. The proof that the content was what I needed is that I passed my exam."
Paul Ghaemmaghami, MD, Glen Allen, VA
"I passed only because of this course."
James Morrison, MD, Columbia, SC
"This is the finest review course I have taken. I haven’t taken my third time recertification exam yet, but I am very confident in the outcome. I am also very pleasantly surprised at the practical and useful information presented. I highly recommend this course to my colleagues."
Haywood Gilliam, MD, Middleton, WI
"This course has provided me with the confidence necessary to take the GS recertification exam. All major topics were covered with the right amount of emphasis in areas likely to show up in the actual test. The review of strategies to take the exam was great."
Alberto de Hoyos, Md, Chicago, IL
"I was very impressed by the quality of your presentations. Many were very well respected in the field of General Surgery."
James Sihrier, MD, Moline, IL
"Great, informative, knowledgeable speakers. Concise information focused on exam topics. Greatly recommended."
Salimi Wirjosemito, MD, Westmont, JN
"A great review and tool to help with further study."
Daniel Maher, MD, Golden, CO
"This was overall a well-organized comprehensive course. I like being able to access info until the time of my boards and I like being able to have access to practice review tests."
Andrea Rescint, MD, Concord, MA
"An excellent overview of anticipated ABS areas to be examined. Excellent lectures, comfortable surroundings."
Michael Johns, MD, Poteau, OK
"Excellent, concise review course, particularly for surgeons who are in specialty fields. I’m a pediatric surgeon who found this course a great review, very up-to-date and concise. Thanks."
Maryam Gholizadek, MD, Irvine, CA
"Excellent course. High volume of very concise material."
Kerry Kole, MD, Rochester, MI
"Excellent, thorough review. I teach residents daily and this course was extremely useful not just for the exam, but for daily practice."
Michael Fiorucci, MD, LaCrosse, WI
"The lectures are concise and hit the potential exam questions and answers well. It is a good review for a surgeon doing general, breast, vascular, trauma or endocrine or administration practice. Current practice and current answers to likely questions come together well here. The web site is a good study tool."
Guy Jeanblac, MD, Gladstone, MI
William Phelps, MD, Erie, PA
"Excellent coverage of all general surgery."
Timothy O’Holleran, MD, North Plattes, NE
"Goal: Pass Recert Exam. Solution: Take this course! Why: Densely packed and efficiently packaged to maximize Recert prep results for busy practicing surgeons."
Joseph Petelin, MD, Paola, KS
"Materials well-organized with comprehensive review."
Burton Eisenberg, MD, New London, NH
"I think it was a great course for the preparation, but also in general as a useful tool in daily practice. Thank you."
Yiannis Ioannou, MD, Limassul, CY
"Excellent course, tailored to the needs of a surgeon preparing for recertification!"
Frank Smith, MD, Wapato, WA
"Great course. Thank you."
Edward Bergic, MD, Sidney, MT
"The American Physician Institute organization is honest, thorough and conscientious. I sincerely appreciate your genuine help for this course. I will recommend this course to our colleagues without any reservation."
Chikara Ohtake, MD, Honolulu, HI
"The lecturer and slides were organized and an efficient review and learning tool. I took the online version and loved it! I could go back and repeat material I was not familiar with."
James Brown, MD, Lutherville, MD
"This was a great review and refresher course in general surgery!"
Krikor Tatoyan, MD, Tarzana, CA
"The internet course is just like being at a conference. I watched the videos on my iPhone at work and in my spare time."
William Ball Jr, MD, Natchitoches, LA
"On the whole this is the type of course that a busy sub-specialist such as myself would find essential to re-introduce her/himself to the broader world of General Surgery."
John Brawley, MD, San Jose, CA
"It is an excellent course, it is very comprehensive. Study material is a valuable source of up-to-date information."
Moheb Mohareb, MD, Coudersport, PA
"I enjoyed the convenience of the home study course and found it very comprehensive and enjoyable."
Jacqueline Lewis, MD, Hoover, AL
"I found the course very helpful. 10% to 15% of the questions on the board exam would have been very difficult before I took the course and were very easy after I took it."
Dennis Davis, MD, Martin, TN
“This course provides an in depth review of the current standard of general surgical care. The didactic presentations along with course materials and practice examinations were extremely helpful in preparing for the recertification exam.”
Anthony Parenti, MD, Lexington, KY
“I believe that the online course (home study) was definitely valuable. It allowed me to go through the information on my own time. Also I could do practice exams where ever I wanted to. The course is fairly comprehensive and the practice exams can be used as ‘outlines’ for further studying topics related to the questions.”
Chaitanya Mangalmurti, MD, Ashburn, VA
“Overall excellent preparation course for the recertification exam. The online course allowed me to review at my own pace and where I was if I had free time. I could log on to continue with the course reviews or tests.”
Francis A. Buzad, MD, Austin, TX
“I sat for the recertification exam this morning and found very few areas that were not specifically addressed in the course. The course severed to direct my studies and pathways I would not have chosen. Would recommend without reservation to my colleagues.”
Abilio Coello, MD
“I am glad I took the course. First, it was well organized. Staff was very pleasant and helpful. Most speakers did a fine job, few had trouble keeping time. Overall it was excellent”
Rama Muddaraj, MD, Phoenix, AZ
“This course helped me pass and feel very prepared for my first recertification. I will definitely prepare with this course again!”
Gregory Patterson, MD, Thomasville, GA
"This course should really be considered the gold standard program in Board Review Courses. The faculty has been excellent, with clear experience in teaching no simply lecturing. I shall see you in 10 years for my next recertification exam."
Leon Katz, MD, Wynnewood, PA
"Excellent review. Well organized."
Sara Mayo, MD, Portland, ME
"A very well-spent 4 days. The most efficient way to accomplish the review needed for recertification."
Thomas Purgett, MD, Colleyville, TX
"Now I remember that I used to know this stuff. It’s good to know there isn’t so much new and what it is you have to learn or relearn."
L. Neal McCain, MD, Carbondale, IL
Timothy M. Iseri, MD Cadillac, MI
"Course very well done. Thank you for the course."
Rajendra P. Singh, Beckley, WV
"Experience was very positive and productive. A real confidence builder to proceed into taking the recertification examination!"
Harry L. Tuten, Jr, MD, Lafyette, LA
"I find the practice questions both during the lectures and online to be very helpful. They seem most effective when the speaker explains why certain answers are right and why the others are wrong."
Craig Iwamoto, MD, Las Vegan, NV
"A class act!"
Robert Solenberger, MD, McGregor, TX
"Great Course, concise and appropriate. Good speakers and topics."
Arif Ahmad, MD, Port Jefferson, NY
"Very helpful and great review of everything when you are out of touch for 9-10 years."
Chowdhury, MD, Proctorville, OH
William Peery, MD, Galax, VA
"Wow, they covered a tremendous amount of topics in a short period of time!"
Richard Eubanks, MD, Ocean Springs, MS
"Great course. Covered everything for the GS recertification boards. Would recommend to friends. Thanks!"
Mobley, MD, Nold, CA
"This is by far the best recertification prep course ever (my 3rd recertification prep course) and with new complete stuff. Very helpful."
Cynthia Kocsis, MD, Englishtown, NJ
"All I did to prepare for my recent exam was listening to the lectures and take the practice tests (no additional reading). Passed in the 93rd percentile. I’ll be back in 10 years. Thanks!"
Walter Woodrow Burns III, MD, Chapel Hills, NC
"The online course was very convenient. It provided a good review and update of general surgery since I have primarily practiced plastic surgery for the past 20 years. Thank you very much for helping me to pass my recertification exam!"
Robert Rossio, MD, University Heights, OH
"General Surgery Board Recertification Course by webinars was very thorough and well-organized. I feel it will truly help me in the ABS Recertification test in 2010. Thanks to all the speakers for their time and information."
Mark Choueiri, MD, Charleston, WV
"This course really captures the essence of all the information needed to recertify in General Surgery. It’s perfect for those of us who are “senior citizens” and/or not doing general surgery. The AV presentation slides and especially the course notebooks were superb. 5 stars!"
Michael Schultz, MD, Baltimore, MD
"This course is well organized and well put together and is a comprehensive review of General Surgery."
Vincent Scavo, MD, Fort Wayne, IN
"I am very impressed by the speaker selections."
Adnan Matta, MD, Bloomfield, MI
"Very thorough. Excellent lectures."
Daniel Cecconi, MD, Iron Mountain, MI
"This is a fantastic review of general surgery by experienced and good lecturers, with excellent handout materials and online learning modules."
David C. Mulligan, MD, Scottsdale, AZ
"How can you lose?"
Ramon Leonard Carroll, MD, Clewiston, FL
"Good, solid course."
Thomas Park, MD, Davis, CA
"Overall, the course is great!"
Romualdo Segurola, Jr., MD, Miami, FL
"This course is a high-quality way to get a complete refresher in all topics in General Surgery."
Hugo Gomez, MD, Asuncion, Paraguay
"Truly a marathon, but excellent, thorough review!"
R.K. Carter, MD, Portsmouth, ME
"Overall, very helpful."
Carmela A. Sofia, MD, Fall River, MA
"Good experience. Good course for the time and amount of material to cover."
Asolati Massiro, MD, Dallas, TX
"This course was useful from an educational and test preparation standpoint."
Larry Lewis, MD, Marquette, MI
"An extensive, comprehensive, up-to-date review of the topic."
Michael L. Ormont, MD, Keene, NH
"It was a worthwhile four days to be reacquainted with some areas of general surgery I don’t practice anymore (but did in the past). Things certainly continue to evolve."
R.A. Schauer, MD, Eugene, OR
"Well-organized and complete."
Christopher Walters, MD, Raleigh, NC
"Excellent review, expecially for those who do not do general surgery in practice."
Samir Parikh, MD, West Chester, PA
Sharon Davis, MD, Newnan, GA
Davis, MD, Livermore, CA
"A wealth of information that I feel will be very useful."
Brian Barden, MD, Carrollton, GA
"Great course. Good review."
Brian Organ, MD, Atlanta, GA
"Overall, very good."
Helmuth, MD, Lagrange, IN
"The faculty was outstanding."
Ifeanyi Amuzi, MD, FACS, Thousand Oaks, CA
"Good overall review."
Nabil Munfakh, MD, St. Louis, MO
Gopal Guruswamy, MD, Ellicott City, MD
"Good course; the proof is in passing the examination."
Willie Blair, MD, Ft. Washington, MD
"I thought in general the lectures were excellent, considering the amount of material needed to be covered. I felt the mock exams were tough but covered a lot of material. Definitely felt it was worth taking the course!"
Marc Finkelstein, MD, Melville, NY
Surgical Critical Care
Surgery Problems Related Specialties
Head & Neck
Learning Objectives: Upon completion of this program, participants should be able to:
- List the epidemiology, anatomy, physiology, pathology, and clinical presentations of disease
- Apply diagnostic evaluation, including appropriate use of radiologic imaging
- Assess indications for surgical and non-surgical treatment
- Describe surgical management, including wound healing, immunology, infection, antibiotic usage, fluid management, shock and resuscitation, metabolism, and use of enteral and parenteral nutrition
- Summarize preoperative, operative and postoperative care, including management of comorbidities and complications
- Identify minimally invasive surgical procedures for the diagnosis and treatment of diseases, including basic and advanced laparoscopic and endoscopic procedures
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 v10.1: Release Date May 21, 2018, Termination Date May 21, 2021:
The PeerPoint Medical Education Institute designates this enduring material for a maximum of 44.25 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™ and 44.25 Self-Assessment Credits. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.
Exam Builder, Release Date July 15, 2018, Termination Date July 15, 2021:
The PeerPoint Medical Education Institute designates this enduring material for a maximum of 25 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™ and 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.
American Board of Surgery Covid-19 Update
This information is updated weekly. For the most current update, please visit the ABS website.
UPDATE: March 26, 2021: 2021 Hardship Modifications to ABS Training Requirements – Please use the links below or in the left-side menu to access specialty-specific hardship modifications and FAQs for trainees completing training in 2021. Unless noted otherwise, these hardship modifications apply to individuals completing training in 2021 only.
Specialty-specific hardship modifications:
- 2021 General Surgery Hardship Modifications
- 2021 Vascular Surgery Hardship Modifications
- 2021 Pediatric Surgery Hardship Modifications
- 2021 Surgical Critical Care Hardship Modifications
- 2021 Complex General Surgical Oncology Hardship Modifications
Update September 16, 2020: Rescheduled Date Announced for 2020 Specialty Exams.
The 2020 Vascular Surgery Qualifying Exam (QE), Pediatric Surgery QE, Complex General Surgical Oncology QE and Surgical Critical Care Certifying Exam (CE) have been rescheduled for April 12, 2021, and will be held at Pearson VUE centers across the country.
This is the earliest and only date that Pearson VUE is able to provide for these exams during this academic year. At this time, there is nothing that candidates must do for the rescheduled exam. Registration information will be sent to eligible candidates by mid-November. If you are a candidate for certification in vascular surgery, pediatric surgery, complex general surgical oncology or surgical critical care and have a conflict with the new exam date, please contact the ABS office as soon as possible.
Certifying Examination dates for those specialties that require oral exams as part of the certification process will be announced as soon as they are finalized. All oral examinations in this academic year will be delivered virtually. Further information about these exams will follow.
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, 2020Application Dates: Carried over from 2020 due to rescheduling of exam from 2020
Exam: April 15, 2021
General Surgery Certifying Exam
Application Deadlines: By Exam Date
Exam: March 8 - 10, 2021; June 8 - 10, 2021
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