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Qualifications & Requirements
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Accelerate Your Career with Distinction and Expertise

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.

The Certification Process

Candidates must apply within three years of completing approved colon and rectal training. We require that the entire certification process be successfully completed within seven years following approval of your formal application. A valid, registered full and unrestricted license to practice medicine is required throughout the certification process.

If your application has been approved but you do not take the examination within three years, you will be required to submit a new application.


Finish Colon Rectal Surgery Residency Program​

Program must be an Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) accredited residency program in colon and rectal surgery.

Apply for the ABCRS Exams

Applications are required in order to be considered for ABCRS certification. Your acceptance depends on eligibility, completion of application requirements, and information available regarding your professional maturity, surgical judgment, and technical competence.

Complete Qualifying Exam for American Board of Surgery (ABS)

The ABS qualifying exam must be successfully completed before being admitted to the ABCRS certification process.


Take the ABCRS Written Exam

The written examination is a six-hour, multiple choice test that assesses your knowledge of the theory and practice of colon and rectal surgery, including elements of radiology and pathology.


Achieve ABS Certification

ABS Certification is required before you are eligible to participate in the oral exam.


Participate in the ABCRS Oral Exam

The oral examination evaluates your clinical experience, problem-solving ability and surgical judgment over at least three 30-minute oral examinations by board members.

Candidate Deadlines and Fees


Applications for the 2024 Written Examination and Oral Examination

Application materials must be completed and returned at the conclusion of your training according to the schedule below:
Fees and Description
August 15, 2023
Deadline for receipt of application materials, $400 application fee, and for Operative Log to be submitted to ACGME.
August 16 – September 10, 2023
Late applications accepted ($200 late application fee will be required).
September 10, 2023
No application will be accepted if received after this date.
September 2023
Credentials Committee reviews applications. Applicants will be notified of acceptance for Written Exam shortly after Committee Review Process.
January 15, 2024
Deadline for receipt of $1200 Written Examination fee. Instructions on Written Examination procedure sent to candidates.
January 16 – January 19, 2024
Late fees accepted. $200 late fee will be required along with $1200 payment.
January 19, 2024
No payment will be accepted if received after this date.
March 7, 2024
Written Examination – Pearson VUE
April 2024
Notification of Written Examination results. Oral Examination information sent to successful candidates.
June 1, 2024
Deadline for receipt of $1200 Oral Examination fee.
June 2 – June 8, 2024
Late fees accepted. $200 late fee will be required along with $1200 payment.
June 8, 2024
No payment will be accepted if received after this date.
August 2024
Instructions on Oral Examination procedure sent to candidates.
September 28, 2024
Oral Examination – In person – Omni Chicago Hotel
October 2024
Notification of Oral Examination results.


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.

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


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!

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.