Affiliated Organizations

American Society of Colon and Rectal Surgeons (ASCRS)

A community of health care professionals who are dedicated to advancing the understanding, prevention and treatment of disorders of the colon, rectum and anus.

American Board of Medical Specialties (ABMS)

A recognized leader in developing and setting the gold standard for physician specialty certification in the U.S. The network of 24 Member Boards certifies physicians and specialists in 40 specialties and 88 subspecialties.

American Board of Medical Specialties (ABMS) Certification Matters

A tool, created by the American Board of Medical Specialties, to check if your doctor is certified in one (or more) of the ABMS Member Boards.

American College of Surgeons (ACS)

Dedicated to improving the care of the surgical patient and to safeguarding standards of care in an optimal and ethical practice environment.

American Board of Surgery (ABS)

ABS provides board certification to individuals who have met a defined standard of education, training and knowledge in the field of surgery.

Association of Program Directors for Colon and Rectal Surgery (APDCRS)

APDCRS maintains high standards in residency training education of colon and rectal by improving graduate education. APDCRS also provides a forum for the exchange of information and for the discussion of a wide range of subjects.

Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME)

The ACGME accredits Sponsoring Institutions and residency and fellowship programs, confers recognition on additional program formats or components, and dedicates resources to initiatives addressing areas of import in graduate medical education.

American Medical Association (AMA)

The AMA is the largest and only national association that convenes 190+ state and specialty medical societies and other critical stakeholders. Throughout history, the AMA has always followed its mission: to promote the art and science of medicine and the betterment of public health.

Pearson VUE

Pearson VUE delivers high-stakes exams that empower professions to certify and license individuals who safeguard and advance their communities across the globe.

United Ostomy Associations of America

A nonprofit organization that supports, empowers, and advocates for people who had or will have an ostomy or continent diversion surgery.

Society of American Gastrointestinal and Endoscopic Surgeons (SAGES)

SAGES innovates, educates, and collaborates to improve patient care.

Diseases of the Colon & Rectum

DCR is recognized as one of the world’s leading publication in colorectal surgery, ranking in the top 10% of all peer-reviewed surgery journals.

ASCRS Research Foundation

The Research Foundation of the American Society of Colon and Rectal Surgeons is to raises funds and awards grants to support research and educational programs related to colon and rectal diseases.


ASCRS U is the premier online resource for practicing and in-training colorectal surgeons, as well as general surgeons, residents and medical students with an interest in topics related to colorectal care.

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.