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All Candidates shall comply with the current regulations of the Board, regardless of the time of filing applications. Decisions pertaining to fulfillment of requirements are made by the Board upon review of the candidate’s formal application.

General Requirements

  1. A candidate shall appear personally before the Board and submit to the required examinations.

  2. A candidate shall limit the majority of his/her practice to colon and rectal surgery.

  3. A candidate may be required to deliver to the Board sufficient case reports to demonstrate proficiency in colon and rectal surgery.

  4. A candidate shall submit a bibliography of papers and books published by the candidate at the request of the Board.

  5. The moral and ethical fitness of a candidate must be satisfactory to the Board and in conformity with the Statements on Principles of the American College of Surgeons, and the Principles of Medical Ethics of the American Medical Association. Practices not conforming therewith may result in rejection of an application or in deferral of examination until such matters have been resolved.

Professional Qualifications

  1.  A candidate must have completed an Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) accredited residency program in colon and rectal surgery following completion of an approved ACGME or Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada (RCPSC) general surgical residency program that ultimately leads to American Board of Surgery certification.

    Click on the link below for the complete ABS policy:

    ABS Information for International Medical Graduates

  2. All candidates must have a current valid registered full and unrestricted license to practice medicine, and must continue to be licensed throughout the certification process.
  3. All candidates must successfully complete the Qualifying Examination of the American Board of Surgery before being admitted to The American Board of Colon and Rectal Surgery Written Examination (Part I).

  4. A candidate must achieve certification by the American Board of Surgery before being admitted to The American Board of Colon and Rectal Surgery Oral Examination (Part II).