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General Surgery Qualifying Exam

The Qualifying Examination (QE) is a computer-based examination offered annually by the American Board of Surgery. The examination consists of approximately 300 multiple-choice questions designed to evaluate a candidate's knowledge of general surgical principles and the basic sciences applicable to surgery. The one-day, eight-hour examination is held at computer-testing facilities across the United States. Results are posted and mailed approximately three to four weeks after the examination. For more information on the QE, visit the American Board of Surgery Web site.

ABS In-Training Examination (ABSITE)

The American Board of Surgery offers annually to surgery residency programs the In-Training Examination (ABSITE). This is a written, multiple-choice examination designed to measure the progress attained by residents in their knowledge of basic science and the management of clinical problems related to general surgery. The ABSITE is furnished to program directors as an evaluation instrument to assess residents' progress. The results are released only to program directors. The ABSITE is not available to individual residents and is not required as part of the certification process. For more information on the ABSITE, visit the American Board of Surgery Web site.

SVS Vascular Education and Self-Assessment Program (VESAP3)

VESAP3​ is an online self-assessment program designed to meet the Maintenance of Certification requirements of the Vascular Surgery Board of the American Board of Surgery. VESAP3 has 550 questions and includes detailed discussions and references for each question. VESAP3 offers a learning mode and exam mode for each module. VESAP3 participants will earn self-assessment credits toward Part 2 of the ABS MOC Program, in addition to traditional CME credits. 

Posted January 2014

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