Patients are searching for experts in your field.

Certification documents your expertise and adds value to your practice.

ABCRS diplomates attain the highest level certification in and continue developing their expert qualifications through our Continuing Certification program. As a diplomate, you will be recognized nationally and internationally as a specialist in the management of colon and rectum diseases.

At our core, we are committed to protecting and promulgating the acknowledged expertise of ABCRS diplomates in caring for patients with colon and rectum diseases.


At our core, we are committed to protecting and promulgating the acknowledged expertise of ABCRS diplomates in caring for patients with colon and rectum diseases.


We protect your expert standing as a certified surgical specialist in colon and rectum diseases

This goes far beyond the initial certification process. We remain an active proponent of your standing and content expertise when confronted with groups that attempt to portray lesser qualified individuals as possessing equivalent expertise.

Examples include non-ACGME-approved “colorectal” fellowships, “rectal cancer management” certification separate from ABCRS, and “inflammatory bowel disease” specialty status sought by non-ABCRS-certified surgeons.

We provide aid in managing your changing professional status

This includes if you assume a full-time administrative position and are “clinically inactive” but wish to remain certified by ABCRS, as well as if you return to active practice after a hiatus due to illness or other personal reasons.


We continually invest more energy in increasing the value of certification maintenance

ABCRS board members have taken key roles in the national effort to reshape Continuing Certification requirements and timelines. Our goal is a Continuing Certification process that swiftly updates information and technologies, better reflects your current practice profiles for relevance, and genuinely respects your clinical and personal time pressures.

Additional Benefits as an American Board of Medical Specialties Member

ABCRS is one of 24 member Boards of the American Board of Medical Specialties (ABMS). ABMS provides the following benefits to ABCRS certified physicians:
21 states restrict physicians’ ability to advertise themselves as “board certified” to only physicians who are certified by an ABMS Member Board, AOA or other certifying boards deemed to be their equivalent.

These state medical boards waive certain physician licensure requirements for physicians who are certified by an ABMS Member Board.

Many health care organizations (including hospitals) require that a physician be certified by an ABMS Member Board before granting them privileges to practice in the certified specialty.

a. Physicians certified by an ABMS Member Board receive benefits which include, but are not limited to:

i. Recognition of specialty
ii MIPS credit for Continuing Certification participation
  1. Both Federal and state courts consistently recognize the importance of ABMS Board Certification in credentialing.
  2. Certain states only allow physicians certified by an ABMS Member Board to testify as an expert witness in medical malpractice cases where the defendant is certified by an ABMS Member Board.
  1. Physicians certified by an ABMS Member Board are given preferential underwriting.
  2. Medical malpractice insurers provide discounted premiums for coverage of an ABMS Member Board certified physician for their practice in the certified specialty.
  1. Global recognition of competence
  2. Reciprocity

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Ethics and Professionalism Policy

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.

Continuing Certification

What does it mean when a physician is required?

Continuing Certification or Maintenance of Certification (MOC) is a process adopted by all 24 ABMS boards that assesses six core physician competencies approved by the ABMS and the ACGME throughout a physician’s career. The six competencies that have been identified as important to deliver quality care are communication skills, professionalism, medical knowledge, patient care, practice-based learning and improvement, which includes the ability to measure, and improve quality of care and system-based practice. All physicians certified after 1990 are required to participate in Continuing Certification.

What does it mean when a physician is required?

Prior to 1990, certification by the American Board of Colon and Rectal Surgery was granted for life. These certified colon and rectal surgeons are not required to recertify or to meet the requirements of Maintenance of Continuing Certification in this area but are strongly encouraged to do so.