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The American Board of Surgery's General Surgery MOC (Recertification) Exam Info

The ABS requires the successful completion of a secure MOC (recertification) exam at 10-year intervals. The exam is comprised of 200 multiple choice questions (MCQ) designed to assess a surgeon's cognitive knowledge and clinical judgment in general surgery. The exam lasts approximately 5 hours and is held at computer-testing facilities across the United States.

ABS General Surgery MOC Exam Pass Rates

The Surgery MOC (recertification) exam pass rate in 2016 was 94% This is significantly higher than the pass rate of the initial certification (~80%). This may be a result of knowledge that comes from the day to day practice of medicine or a higher focus on clinical medicine. The general feedback is that the exam sticks to the core Surgery topics, and there is less in the way of esoteric information than some of the other specialty boards.

The ABS provides a Guide to ABS Exams, which includes study tips to help you prepare for the exam.

ABS General Surgery MOC (Recertification) Exam Content Outline

  1. Head and Neck 2%
  2. Breast 6%
  3. Alimentary Tract 20%
  4. Abdomen 15%
  5. Vascular System 7%
  6. Endocrine 2%
  7. Trauma 13%
  8. Perioperative Care 20%
  9. Surgical Critical Care 6%
  10. Oncology** 1%
  11. Skin/Soft Tissue 1%
  12. Legal/Ethics 1%

**Oncology questions also included in other content areas.

Download the ABS General Surgery MOC (Recertification) Exam Content Outline for a more detailed breakdown.

The BoardVitals question bank also targets the AOBS OCC continuous certification exam. Additional resources may be available via the ACS.

Surgery MOC Question Bank Board Review Topics Covered:

  • Transfusion, Hemostasis and Coagulation
  • Oncology
  • Venous Thromboembolism
  • Delirium, Alcohol Withdrawal, and Psychiatric Disorders
  • Blunt and Penetrating Neck Trauma
  • Neurotrauma
  • Diagnostic Imaging, Ultrasound, and Interventional Radiology
  • Peripheral Vascular Trauma
  • Ethics, End-of-Life, and Organ Retrieval
  • Respiratory and Cardiovascular Physiology
  • Acute Respiratory Failure and Mechanical Ventilation
  • Obesity and Bariatric Surgery
  • Obstetric Critical Care
  • Transplantation, Immunology, and Cell Biology
  • Common Procedures in the ICU
  • Analgesia and Sedation
  • Surgery in Pregnancy
  • Statistics
  • Metabolic Illness and Endocrinopathies
  • Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation, Oxygen Delivery, and Shock
  • Cardiothoracic and Thoracic Vascular Injury
  • Neurocritical Care
  • Pharmacology and Antibiotics
  • Urologic and Gynecologic Surgery
  • Burns, Inhalation Injury, Electrical and Lightning Injuries
  • Envenomations, Poisonings and Toxicology
  • Hemodynamic and Respiratory Monitoring
  • Telemedicine and Surgical Technology
  • Orthopedic and Hand Trauma
  • Hypothermia and Hyperthermia
  • Nutrition
  • Extremes of Age: Pediatric Surgery and Geriatrics
  • Vascular
  • Soft-tissue and Necrotizing Infection
  • Urologic Trauma
  • Abdominal and Abdominal Vascular Injury
  • Arrhythmias, Acute Coronary Syndromes, and Hypertensive Emergencies
  • Sepsis and the Inflammatory Response to Injury
  • Breast
  • Cardiovascular and Thoracic Surgery
  • Infectious Disease
  • Dermatologic
  • Endocrine
  • Trauma
  • Care of The Pregnant Trauma Patient
  • Care of the Pregnant Trauma Patient
  • Airway Management, Anesthesia, and Perioperative Management
  • Alimentary Tract
  • Abdomen
  • Surgical Critical Care
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