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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.
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.
**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.