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Application for Exams  Each candidate for examination must complete and submit an Application for Examination which may be obtained on our website at www.abcrs.org

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  • Enter your Username and Password.  Your Username and password is provided on the “Welcome Letter” you received from your Program Director and/or Coordinator.  If you need another copy, ask your Program Coordinator or call our administrative office at 734-282-9400.
  • Click on Application

1.) Application  Click on “Application” and follow the instructions. Click on “Submit” to transmit the application electronically to ABCRS. Print a hard copy of the Application, sign and submit to the Board office.

2.) Photo ID Card  Click the Print button next to Photo ID Card.  Attach a passport size photo, sign and submit to the Board office.

3.) Operative Case Log As part of the application process, a resident must submit a list of  all operative procedures performed during their training period. Case log reporting is completed using the electronic software provided by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME).  Login instructions and deadline dates were provided to residents at the beginning of their training and are accessible through the ACGME website www.acgme.org    The American Board of Colon and Rectal Surgery will obtain the information directly from the ACGME. The ACGME web based electronic transmittal of operative data  is mandatory for all ABCRS residents. Operative experience data will be forwarded to the Board from the ACGME’s Resident Case Log System at the end of your residency. Please consult with your Program Director for further details.

4.) American Board of Surgery Status The ABCRS requires a copy of your ABS status.

5.) $400 Application Fee  The resident may pay the $400 application fee by check, money order or credit card. Credit Card Payments can be made by logging into our Website and clicking on the “Pay Fees” button at the top of the page.  Check or Money Order can be submitted to the Board office along with the application materials. The deadline for receipt of  application material is August 15  Late applications are accepted from August 16 – September 10 and must be accompanied by a $600 late application fee. The acceptability of a candidate for examination depends not only upon completion of the requirements listed under “Qualifications of Candidates,” but also upon information available to the Board regarding the candidate’s professional maturity, surgical judgment, and technical competence. All applications are reviewed by the Standards and Credential Committee in September; applicants will be notified October 1 regarding approval.

Ethics and Professionalism Policy

The American Board of Colon and Rectal Surgery believes that certification by the ABCRS carries an obligation for ethical behavior and professionalism in all conduct. The exhibition of unethical behavior or a lack of professionalism by an applicant or diplomate may therefore prevent the certification of the applicant or may result in the suspension or revocation of certification. All such determinations shall be at the sole discretion of the ABCRS.

Unethical and unprofessional behavior is denoted by any dishonest behavior, including: cheating; lying; falsifying information; misrepresenting one’s educational background, certification status and/or professional experience; and failure to report misconduct. The American Board of Colon and Rectal Surgery has adopted a “zero tolerance” policy toward these behaviors, and individuals caught exhibiting such behaviors risk being permanently barred from certification, reported to state medical boards, and/or legally prosecuted for copyright or other violations.

Unethical behavior is specifically defined by the ABCRS to include the disclosure, publication, reproduction or transmission of ABCRS examinations, in whole or in part, in any form or by any means, verbal or written, electronic or mechanical, for any purposes. This also extends to sharing examination information or discussing an examination while still in progress. Unethical behavior also includes the possession, reproduction or disclosure of materials or information, including examination questions or answers or specific information regarding the content of the examination, before, during or after the examination. This definition specifically includes the recall and reconstruction of examination questions by any means and such efforts may violate federal copyright law. All ABCRS examinations are copyrighted and protected by law; the ABCRS will prosecute violations to the full extent provided by law and seek monetary damages for any loss of examination materials.