Forks in the Road: The Assessment of Surgeons from the American Board of Surgery Perspective

Surg Clin North Am. 2016 Feb;96(1):139-46. doi: 10.1016/j.suc.2015.09.010.


Surgical learning starts in medical school and continues through retirement. Assessment of knowledge and skills across a variety of arenas at each stage is an obligation of the profession in its duty to the public. The American Board of Surgery is engaged in standardization and assessment to a greater or lesser degree at each stage of surgical learning.

Keywords: Assessment; Boot camp; Certification; Diplomate; Maintenance of certification; Re-entry; Surgical resident.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Certification
  • Clinical Competence / standards*
  • Education, Medical, Continuing / standards*
  • Education, Medical, Graduate / standards*
  • General Surgery / education*
  • General Surgery / standards
  • Humans
  • Internship and Residency / standards*
  • Specialty Boards*
  • United States