Continuing Certification

Polish Your Skills to Stay Ahead

The ABCRS Continuing Certification program provides a framework for you to keep your working knowledge current, while also validating your growing expertise within this specialty. Our goal is to help identify knowledge gaps, reduce the risk of disciplinary actions, and emphasize the benefits of enhanced learning on a schedule that works with both your professional and personal demands.

All ABCRS Diplomates certified in 1990 or later are required to participate in the Continuing Certification process.

Six Competencies

All Continuing Certification programs implemented by ABMS member boards measure the same six competencies within a four-part framework. Though there is some variation in the activities depending on speciality, these competencies are all built upon evidence-based guidelines, national clinical and quality standards, and specialty best practices.

Practice-based Learning and Improvement

Patient Care and Procedural Skills

Systems-based Practice

Medical Knowledge

Interpersonal and Communication Skills

Professionalism

Components

Using these general competencies as a framework, our continuing certification program consists of four key components that measure competencies on a regular basis. Each component must be completed within a five-year cycle.

Note: With the implementation of a longitudinal assessment program (CertLink), we are transitioning to a five-year cycle for all requirements.

Professional Standing

Submit a copy of your medical license to ABCRS during year five of the program, as well as a copy of the Staff Evaluation and Hospital Privileges Form signed by your Chief of Staff or Chief of Surgery (Form is located in the ABCRS portal. Please send to ABCRS via e-mail, fax, or mail.)

Lifelong Learning and Self-Assessment

Complete 80 hours of Category 1 CME credits by the end of year five. These are broken down into:
  • 40 self-assessment CMEs.
You can receive up to 40 self-assessment AMA PRA Category 1 CME Credits™ over a five-year period for successfully completing the Continuing Certification Quarterly CertLink Assessment with a passing score of 70% or above.
  • 40 non self-assessment Category 1 CME Credits.

CertLink

Answer 10-16 questions per quarter through CertLink for 16 quarters. CertLink is designed for flexibility in the face of life emergencies, life events, and long-term breaks. You can begin as soon as you are registered for continuing certification.

Evaluation of Performance in Practice

Report your clinical practice data in the ABCRS portal by the end of year five to confirm ongoing participation in a national, regional or quality assessment program.

Performance Data from MOC

10 Year Performance Summary 2008-2017

958

Participants

943

Passed
Participants

98%

Average
Passing Rate

Resources

For Candidates and Diplomates

How to order Your Surgeon Is Certified Brochure

For Candidates and Diplomates

Guidelines for Hospital Privileges

For All

Expense Voucher

For Diplomates

Clinically Inactive Evaluation Form

Announcements

Registration Open for Oral Examination

Registration is now open for Oral Examination, click here for more information.

ASCRS Annual Scientific Meeting

Join us at the ASCRS 2024 Annual Scientific Meeting in Baltimore, MD, from June 1-4, where professionals in colorectal surgery gather to explore the latest advancements, network, and enhance their skills.

Fall Newsletter

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Maximize Your CME Credits with ABCRS CertLink®2023 Quarterly Assessments

ABCRS diplomates have a unique opportunity to earn valuable CME credits. By participating in the 2023 Quarterly CertLink® Assessment

CALL FOR NOMINATIONS – PUBLIC MEMBER, AMERICAN BOARD OF COLON AND RECTAL SURGERY

ABCRS seeks a Public Board Member who is committed and engaged in the Board’s mission to serve as a fully vested, voting member of our Board of Directors.

ABCRS Proudly Welcomes New Board Members: Dr. Jason Hall & Dr. Bryan K. Richmond!

ABCRS is pleased to announce the induction of two esteemed colleagues to our board: Dr. Jason Hall and Dr. Bryan K. Richmond!

Important Dates

Future Exam Dates

FOR CANDIDATES

Written Exam

Mar
5
2025
Pearson VUE National Test Centers

ABCRS is no longer able to offer the Written Exam at Pearson Vue Testing Centers in Quebec, Canada.

Oral Exam

Sep
28
2024
Omni Chicago Hotel

(In-person)

Board Meeting Dates

Jun
19
2024
Conference Call

Zoom

Sep
29
2024
Omni Chicago Hotel

Committee meetings will be held on Friday, September 27th.

Mar
9
2025
Hilton Tampa Airport Westshore

Interim Meeting - Committee meetings will be held on Saturday, March 8, 2025

Program Directors/Coordinators Meeting Dates

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Residency Review Committee

Aug
24
2024
RRC Meeting
Jan
24
- 25
2025
RRC Meeting
May
2
- 3
2025
RRC Meeting

FOR CANDIDATES

Written Exam

Mar
5
2025
Pearson VUE National Test Centers

ABCRS is no longer able to offer the Written Exam at Pearson Vue Testing Centers in Quebec, Canada.

Oral Exam

Sep
28
2024
Omni Chicago Hotel

(In-person)

For Diplomates

CertLink Login

CertLink is an online platform that delivers questions to ABCRS Diplomates quarterly. This procedure fosters growth in medical knowledge, continuous certification and professional development.
Participation in CertLink (Part III) is a requirement of the ABCRS Continuing Certification program for diplomates certified after 1990.

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.