Question Writing Workshop Announcement.

The Board is seeking more board-certified diplomates to write questions.

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

Discover insights and updates from ABCRS in our Fall Newsletter. It’s never too late to stay informed!

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


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!

In Person Examination Sept 9, 2023 at Omni Chicago Hotel

As we enter the endemic phase of COVID, the ABCRS is excited to announce that we will be returning to in-person examinations for the 2023 Certifying (Oral) Exam.

ABMS Announces New Standards

The American Board of Medical Specialties (ABMS) Board of Directors (BOD) has approved new Standards for Continuing Certification (Standards) at its October meeting.

Statement on Racism

“The ABCRS stands with the American Board of Surgery and the American Board of Medical Specialties in their condemnation of racism and recognition of its harm.”

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.