The role of the Vascular Surgery Board in surgical education

Semin Vasc Surg. 2019 Mar-Jun;32(1-2):5-10. doi: 10.1053/j.semvascsurg.2019.05.003. Epub 2019 May 30.


The American Board of Surgery (ABS) has more than 80 years of both direct and indirect involvement in US surgical education, with its primary role being certification of graduates of Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education-approved surgical training programs. The ABS's impact on education has been at multiple levels, including the development of the content and administration of qualifying and certifying examinations; original education research based on the Board's unique data sets; and surgical training and education-related initiatives in partnership with multiple regulatory bodies and surgical societies. Within these efforts, by incremental steps, the specialty of vascular surgery attained recognition as a primary specialty of the ABS, and the Vascular Surgery Board of the ABS was established 20 years ago, in 1998. The 2 decades that followed have witnessed significant transformations in the evaluation and treatment of vascular disease, the paradigms for training vascular and endovascular surgeons, and the Vascular Surgery Board has partnered with stakeholder organizations to continually ensure quality education for the evolving vascular surgical workforce. Looking forward, while surgical education remains outside of its primary mission, the ABS and Vascular Surgery Board will continue as key stakeholders and leaders in the complex network of professional societies and training institutions that will guide the evolution of vascular surgery training.

Publication types

  • Historical Article

MeSH terms

  • Clinical Competence
  • Curriculum
  • Education, Medical, Graduate / history
  • Education, Medical, Graduate / methods*
  • Education, Medical, Graduate / standards
  • History, 20th Century
  • History, 21st Century
  • Humans
  • Specialty Boards* / history
  • Specialty Boards* / standards
  • Surgeons / education*
  • Surgeons / history
  • Surgeons / standards
  • United States
  • Vascular Surgical Procedures / education*
  • Vascular Surgical Procedures / history
  • Vascular Surgical Procedures / standards