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|Earn up to 69.25 AMA PRA Category 1 CME Credits™|
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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 Qualifying 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.
The “QBL” Method
Detailed Study Guide
Outstanding Pass Rate
Laser-Focused Lectures: The Pass Machine General Surgery Qualifying board review course is comprised of short, easily-digestible lecture modules, each of which reflects exam topics mapped to the American Board of Surgery® General Surgery Qualifying Exam blueprint. The modules are organized into lectures covering all related exam “keywords.” Thus, you effectively review every required exam topic and nothing else, acquiring increased mastery of the material in less time.
The “QBL” Method: To ensure pinpoint exam relevancy, the lectures use a method called “Question-Based Learning.” Lectures are constructed from a series of board-style multiple choice questions, each coupled to a mini-lecture on that question’s topic.
Board-Experienced Faculty: Lectures are presented by faculty experienced in teaching for board preparation. The two levels of medical editing ensure every lecture is up-to-date, medically accurate and 100% board-relevant.
General Surgery Qualifying Study Guide: This course companion makes it easy to follow along with lectures, take notes, and study offline. The PDF includes the complete course syllabus, with all referenced slides, photos, illustrations, and infographics. (Printed version also available at checkout.)
OUTSTANDING PASS RATE: The Pass Machine Participant Pass Rate: 97% (2019 & 2018 combined).
BOARD-STYLE PRACTICE QUESTIONS
Comprehensive Q Bank
Realistic Test Environment
Optimized for Learning
Deep Question Bank: You can test your exam preparedness by answering the 1000+ board-style multiple-choice questions (MCQ) included with your course. Questions carefully follow the board content outline, so each one advances your mastery of exam content.
Realistic Test Environment: Your patients test you every day – but not in the same way the boards test you. You learn how to answer questions in the board exam format. It’s as close as you can get to the real exam!
Optimized for Learning: The MCQs include detailed, referenced explanations. That way you’re not just testing your knowledge – you’re learning the “how” and “why” behind every board-style question.
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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 lectures and take practice 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.
Lecture Viewing Options: You can choose the full viewing option (that displays the lecture slides synchronized to the video of the speaker) or the streaming audio only option that provides you the flexibility to listen at your convenience while driving or exercising.
CME: 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 test 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 Qualifying Exam Blueprint 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 Qualifying prep course features 44.25 hours of laser-focused lectures and a 1000+ question Q Bank. 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 exam. Here are a few examples of the ease of preparing with The Pass Machine: 1) listen to audio lectures on the app as you commute to and from work, 2) answer a few MCQs 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
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.
Question Bank, 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.
Read What Your Colleagues Are Saying About This Course
“The lecture series was concise and high-yield. I really liked the option to watch the lectures in different speeds, which allowed me to control the pace at which I reviewed the material. The lecture notes were useful to refresh my memory for quick review right before the qualifying exam. I would say that I wish there were more questions since it helps to apply what I am reviewing into a test scenario, but overall I was very pleased with the material. The price is very competitive compared to other review series out there, and it was well worth it as I passed my general surgery qualifying examination on the first try!”
Lowell Su, MD, Marshfield, WI
“A huge thank you to The Pass Machine, who helped me pass the qualifying examination with ease. With a busy schedule, being able to watch the online lectures in my own time was a huge bonus. I could listen in my car or gym using my iPhone, exactly what I needed! The content of the lectures was focused and perfect for the exam. I took the Osler course before and it was not a patch on The Pass Machine. The questions were a great help and made me much more confident going into the exam knowing that I had answered close to 1000 questions already. I would recommend this course to anyone!”
Ashling O’Connor, MD, Cambridge, MA
“I have admit that I was somehow skeptical about finding a course that was “really” going to help me to pass my exam on the first time. Well, I have absolutely zero regrets on my money spent on The Pass Machine! Every piece of material was very useful and updated, excellent selected group of surgeons and high quality video-conferences. I can say with all responsibility that, after doing another well known course for this exam, I will recommend 100% The Pass Machine! Thank you American Physician Institute for helping on passing my ABS qualifying exam on the first try!”
Nathalie Mantilla, MD, Chicago, IL
“I passed the test on first attempt by a wide margin. The pass machine course was very instrumental in passing the exam. The course was comprehensive and the instructors very knowledgeable. It was a great review. I will recommend it wholeheartedly.”
Ulunna MacBean, MD, Petersberg, WV
“I want to say thank you to you and your staff for putting together the Pass Machine program. I have had trouble passing my written boards in the past, but after taking the pass machine course online I was able to make it through on my latest attempt. This upcoming year, with API’s help I look forward to crushing the oral board. Thanks again.”
Anthony Kaminsky, DO, Riverview, MI
Tomas Javier Birriel, MD, Coopersburg, PA
“The QE online course was integral to my success on the real exam. I was able to review the lectures multiple times at my own pace, take notes as desired, and review a broad spectrum of general surgery. The practice exams were also an added bonus. I have already recommended the course to several colleagues not only for exam prep, but for review throughout the academic year.”
Stephen Hersperger, MD, Philadelphia, PA
“I DID PASS MY WRITTEN GENERAL SURGERY BOARDS!!!!!…..thanks to The Pass Machine. As a vascular fellow, I had little to no time to sit down and re-read another textbook. Every night, though, I did have time to come home and listen to/watch a lecture from The Pass Machine series and take notes. The lectures were short enough to keep my interest and fit in well with my schedule. I passed the boards without a problem. Would recommend this to any general surgery resident without hesitation.”
Andrea Barker, MD, Jackson, MS
“I thought I would let you all know that I passed the written surgery boards. My scaled score was 81, I got 75% of the questions correct and I was in the 57th percentile. I think The Pass Machine course gave me the edge I needed to pass this exam.”
Stephanie Bradley, MD, Cherokee, NC
“This course was the reason I improved my exam score by 50 points (% points) and passed the exam. The ability to pause the course & research questions as I went was invaluable, as was the ability to back up & review parts of the course. I would recommend this course to anyone who is preparing for the General Surgery Qualifying Exam!”
Robert Nachtsheim, MD, Reno, NV
“I would like to thank the staff at American Physicians for all their help with the program. I did great on the exam and I owe it all to the review course. The course allows you to focus on the essential material for the exam. I would recommend the program to everyone.”
Anothony Lemaire, MD, Durham, NC
“I was never a strong ABSITE taker, so I was naturally apprehensive about the the ABS QE. The Pass Machine lectures were so comprehensive and easy to understand that I was able to retain the key information needed to not only pass, but feel comfortable while taking the exam.”
Dahlia Tawfik-Sexton, MD, Newburgh, IN
“Yes I took my General Surgery Boards and passed my qualifying exam! I have enjoyed preparing for the boards with the course material and the videos. I think your questions are very well structured and are on the lines of the board questions.”
Anirudh Kohli, MD, New York, NY
“The course was fantastic. I passed. The course was what got me through no doubt”
Ranjith Dodla, MD, Great Neck, NY
“This was great. I was able to listen to lectures at my own pace and it reinforced the key points that the boards want to ensure you know. I would play the lectures while I ran on the treadmill, rode on the subway, or just walking to the store. Thanks.”
Connie Keung, MD, New York, NY
“This course came very highly recommended to me by multiple friends and colleagues. They were not wrong. This course was very comprehensive. Each of the lecturers knew the material well and did a great job of teaching the information. What sticks out to me most was was its accessibility. Whether I was on my laptop, in the car driving or at the gym, I could access both the audio and videos of the lecture. The iPhone app was a great touch that allowed me to see the slides from any location. I definitely recommended this course to my friends and would do it again.”
Paul Linsky, MD, Birmingham, AL
“I used the online course material for the General Surgery Qualifying exam. All the videos were very helpful and targeted to the important topics and themes. The accompanying questions were also helpful in cementing the reviewed topics. The format was easy to use and readily accessible.”
Stephanie Morris, MD, Houston, TX
“I found the Qualifying Exam Prep in General Surgery provided me with great background for my studying and for supplementing the SESAP information. It was a great jumping off point for me to dive into areas that I needed more work in.”
Preetha Ali, MD, Seattle, WA
“This course was well-organized and high yield. It provided good lectures from experts in each field. The course doesn’t inundate with all material but focuses on high yield topics that are commonly tested. The lecturers also say things like “memorize this” or “know this for the test” because it will be tested. That is very helpful.”
Ben Delano, MD, Houston, TX
“The course does provide all of the high yield subjects that you will encounter on the exam. I watched every lecture at least once and completed all of the questions in the qbank, in addition to doing SESAP 15 questions on the side. On my examination day, I felt that I had seen some variation of at least 70-80% of the questions. I felt like the course provided one comprehensive source of didactic and question based material. It is especially good for those of us who need a structured course to reviwe material for standardized test and those who learn best in a classroom environment. I would recommend this test to my colleagues.”
Chnna Kendrick, MD, Live Oak, TX
“This course does the organization for you so that you can focus on learning. This alone makes this course worth it. Being able to sit and listen to lectures according to my schedule was critical, and I could go back to challenging material at any time. Highly recommend for the busy surgery resident or attending!”
Ashley Stewart, MD, Charlotte, NC
“This course has been well-organized. Lectures were given by qualified, experienced surgeons. For me, it has been an excellent review of the most important subjects in my hospital practice. I highly recommend it as a preparation for the boards.”
Carlos Troncosco, MD, Clinton, OK
“I fully enjoy smaller groups. I also previously attended the Osher course as it was recommended to me as a “better” course. Hotel, Conference room, snacks, meals, and some lectures were horrible adding to the big group of people in that conference. API is better in all aspects than the Osher course.”
Bryan Rivera, MD, Apple Valley, CA
“Overall this course is very well organized. I feel the course is truly designed with the examiner in mind. The majority of the faculty are very thorough, helpful and provide amazing lectures.”
Ranjana Chaterji, MD, Philadelphia, PA
“For those who need a focused, concise, Boards boot camp, this is for you. High yield information given during a relatively short period of time far enough out from the exam to allow you to reinforce those areas you feel weak in.”
William Patrick Klapheim, MD, Glosgow, KY
“This was a great experience. High yield topics discussed as well as majority of smaller concepts. I would recommend this course to anyone preparing for the General Surgery Board Exam.”
Amber Wooten, MD, Ardmore, OK
“Dr. Krasuski is dedicated to the educational quality of the course. He was responsive to the concerns of the course attendees. I feel that the course helped me to focus my preparation for the Qualifying Exam.”
Phillip Chang, MD
“API provides an excellent review course for the American Board of Surgery Qualifying Examination. I recommend that every surgeon takes this course. I learned a great deal during the 5 day course.”
David Henry, MD, Pittsburgh, PA
“Thank you for lectures, excellent…speakers and useful materials. Excellent high yield topics provided and information to carry onto private practice. Keep teaching and see you for oral prep.”
Duane Hall, MD, Westdury, NY
“Excellent course. Comprehensive. The home study review was perfect given my time constraints. The practice tests are extremely helpful.”
Susan Garand, MD, Scottsdale, AZ
“Excellent course. Very worthwhile to come to the live course. Great study pointers and help to focus studying. Everyone was very professional and outgoing.”
Shawn Horwitz, MD, Hudson, OH
“This is exactly what I needed to augment my preparation for the Qualifying Exam. Excellent course! Would and will highly recommend to my colleagues.”
Kristen Conrad-Schnetz, MD, Cleveland, OH
“The course is awesome, and the presenters are well-versed in their respective fields! Thank you for the comprehensive review!”
Portia Finawa, MD, Brooklyn, NY
“I found this to be very comprehensive and a timely review. It reinforced topics I am familiar with and helped me identify critical areas for review.”
Jeffrey Kreyer, MD, Glenwood, IL
“This program provides a concise high-yield review to solidify your current knowledge and help to determine your weakness for studying for the written qualifying exam.”
Jamie Moenster, MD, Mayfield Heights, OH
“The course was organized well overall. The speakers touched on the key aspects that were pertinent for the general surgery boards. The speakers were experts on their topics.”
Annie Oommen, MD, Bronxville, NY
“Dr. Krasuski truly cares about your education and stands behind his guarantee. He will do whatever it takes to make sure you pass the examination.”
Sachin Phade, MD, Chicago, IL
“This product is spot on. The videos and questions were the closest thing to the written exam compared to other study guides. Definitely recommend this to anyone taking the written exam.”
David Radvinsky, MD, Brooklyn, NY
“I reviewed all the lectures online, then attended the live course. This allowed me to be prepared for the live course and focus on topics in which I need more review prior to the exam.”
Amy Rosenbaum, MD, Copley, OH
“Comprehensive review. Guides reading nicely. Wonderful, approachable faculty. I feel more confident about the upcoming exam, which sounds like an insane thing to say.”
Milton Silva, MD, Buffalo, NY
“I will be signing up for the oral course in San Diego or Orlando. Your commitment to my education and preparation is impressive.”
Alexander Wade, MD, Viroqua, WI
“Overall good review course. 5 days of intense review; course has increased my confidence in preparing for and taking the written board exam.”
Steve Wanak, MD, Copley, OH
“A very useful, concise, focused course. Course material is relevant, high-yield and useful. Lecturers are clear, organized and not littered with irrelevant information.”
Kristen Baltazar, MD, Buffalo, NY
“Dr. Krasuski, Your staff Steve & Deb are outstanding. Seriously they go above and beyond – don’t take them for granted.”
Rishi Ramlogan, MD, Danbury, CT
“I really appreciated the organization of this high-yield material. I wish I had this to study during residency and for ABSITE as well”
Courtney Vito, MD, Pasadena, CA
“This is an excellent course. I highly recommend attending this course for exam preparation no matter what else you do.”
Carol Adams, MD, Jasper, AL
“The course was very comprehensive and the lecturers enhanced my understanding of all the topics covered.”
Michael P. Betler, MD, Pittsburgh, PA
“High quality lectures well focused on the test material. Great customer service. Good food at the hotel.”
Cristina Carpio, MD, Milford, CT
“Good review of general surgery highlights for the qualifying exam.”
Avinash Bhavaraju, MD, Nashville, TN
“I feel like I learned more in 3 hours from Dr. Zaret than in 3 months from some of my surgical rotations.”
Michelle DeGroat, MD, Germantown, OH
“The course provided high yield information which directed my focus on the information I needed to know for my exam.”
Z. Hashmi, MD, Pittsburgh, PA
“This review course is a far more tightly run ship than the other better known review courses I have taken.”
Conrad Hamilton, MD, Portland, OR
“Overall good review. It has been a very valuable 5 days. More than I could of reviewed at home in same 5 days.”
Marion Henry, MD, Branford, CT
“This is definitely the best resource. Much better than the competition. The videos are very good. The educational matter is precise and extensive. Very easy to go through it.”
Indraneil Mukherjee, MD, Staten Island, NY
“It’s a course jam-packed with all of the high-yield content in a concise, 5-day course. I heard by word of mouth that this course is superior to Osler.”
Jared Storck, DO, Beachwood, OH
“This is the first time I have really understood Head and Neck as well as Endocrine. They make sense to me now.”
Innocent Ubunama, DO, Bowling Green, OH
“Overall, the course is well designed and would be very helpful for my preparation for the qualifying exam.”
Vima Narula, DO, Columbus, OH
“It is a great course, focused on really high yield topics that are usually presented in the exam.”
Luigi Pascarella, MD, Durham, NC
“Excellent organization, materials & speakers! I feel much more confident – thank you!”
Mary Patricia Colvin, MD, Baker City, OR
“Overall an excellent course, covered majority of the topics in a well arranged and timely fashion. I definitely recommend this review course.”
Brij Mohan, MD, Cranford, NJ
“Good comprehensive review with “pearls” that were definitely covered on the exam.”
Justin Olsen, MD, Mountain Home, ID
“Gives very concise information without too many extraneous details.”
Rachel Shelton, MD, Somerset, KY
“The fact that we can review the video at our leisure is a great plus.”
Elizabeth Revesz, MD, Chicago, IL
“Overall, a good review course, helpful in identifying board topics.”
Debra Stafford, MD, Los Angeles, CA
“I would strongly recommend this course. And I like the fact that I can re-review the lectures on the web.”
Tamara Merchant-McCamb, MD, San Antonio, TX
“Will recommend this course and I especially look forward to online access.”
Stemple D. Johnson, MD, Brunswick, ME
“I did very well on the exam and the course helped immensely.”
Navdeep Samra, MD, Shreveport, LA
“I feel like I’ve learned & re-learned a lot.”
Alexis Roettinger, MD, Hartford, CT
“The course is professional and comprehensive.”
Graham England, MD, Louisville, KY
“Very good conference. It was well worth attending.”
Mason Mandy, MD, Nashville, TN
“Thorough and focused; very helpful.”
Jamie Arama, MD, Santa Paula, CA
“Excellent course review!”
Britt Mohan, MD, Chicago, IL
J. Martin MacGregor, MD, Fargo, ND
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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 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