ACS General Surgery Oral Examination Prep Course

The virtual course includes didactic components to be completed individually prior to the course, didactic components completed as a group during the one-day course, as well as individual mock oral examinations conducted with each course participant by senior surgeons. The didactic content will highlight key concepts essential for responding during oral examinations, including the following: 

  • Approaching oral exam case scenarios (rapid thought organization)
  • Applying decision-making algorithms
  • Presenting care plans under examination conditions including initial clinical presentation, imaging/lab results, operative versus non-operative approaches, expected outcomes and management of complications, and longitudinal care
  • Recognizing common pitfalls and redirecting decisions that need to be modified

Each course participant will complete oral examinations with pairs of senior faculty members who will present case scenarios, pose questions based on the scenarios, and provide individualized verbal and written feedback to each participant.


Target Audience

  • Chief residents (PGY-5 or equivalent) preparing for the American Board of Surgery Certifying Examination.  

Learning Objectives

After completing the course, participants will be able to:

  • Rapidly develop concise patient care plans in response to oral case scenarios
  • Succinctly convey care plans, including key decision points and rationale
  • Interact effectively with examiners
  • Apply principles of communication in virtual environments


  • Please direct any questions to
  • For additional information, contact Jennifer Lilly, Senior Administrator, Structured Assessment of Surgical Skills at or (312) 202-5058 or Adegoke Adetunji, PhD, Senior Manager, Innovative Surgical Education and Training at or (312) 202-5237. 
  • For any technical questions, contact

Course summary
Available credit: 
  • 1.00 Certificate of Completion
Course opens: 
Course expires: 

Course Purpose

The American College of Surgeons Division of Education is pleased to offer a new, innovative course especially designed to help candidates prepare for the general surgery certifying examination. The course focuses on the cognitive elements of responding to oral examination questions, such as rapidly organizing thoughts for presentation, applying decision-making algorithms, and conveying care plans with key decision points and rationale. The new ACS General Surgery Oral Examination Prep Course has been developed to assist PGY-5 (or equivalent) residents with preparing for the American Board of Surgery General Surgery Certifying Examination. 

Course Dates

Courses will be offered on Saturday, May 21, 2022 and on Tuesday, June 21, 2022. Prior to the course, participants will be asked to view approximately two hours of didactic materials. On the day of the course, participants will be expected to be available from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm Central Time. 

Application Process

  • Saturday, May 21, 2022 Course
    Please submit the completed application form, including the signature of your program director to no later than May 9.  Space is limited and notifications regarding acceptance will be e-mailed by May 12.
  • Tuesday, June 21, 2022 Course
    Please submit the completed application form, including the signature of your program director to no later than May 25.  Space is limited and notifications regarding acceptance will be e-mailed by June 3.  

Fees, Cancellations and Refunds

The following is the course fee for each category. 

  • Fellows -  $525
  • Nonmembers -  $625

Please do not include payment when submitting the application form. Full payment of the course fee of $525 for ACS members and $625 for nonmembers will be due upon acceptance into the course. Refunds less a $50 administrative fee will be made for cancellations received by May 16 for the May 21 course, and by June 16 for the June 21 course. No refunds will be provided for cancellations received after these dates. 

Disclosure Information

In accordance with the ACCME Accreditation Criteria, the American College of Surgeons must ensure that anyone in a position to control the content of the educational activity (planners and speakers/authors/discussants/moderators) has disclosed all financial relationships with any commercial interest (termed by the ACCME as “ineligible companies”, defined below) held in the last 24 months (see below for definitions). Please note that first authors were required to collect and submit disclosure information on behalf all other authors/contributors, if applicable.

Ineligible company

The ACCME defines an “ineligible company” as any entity producing, marketing, re-selling, or distributing health care goods or services used on or consumed by patients. Providers of clinical services directly to patients are NOT included in this definition.

Financial Relationships

Relationships in which the individual benefits by receiving a salary, royalty, intellectual property rights, consulting fee, honoraria, ownership interest (e.g., stocks, stock options or other ownership interest, excluding diversified mutual funds), or other financial benefit.  Financial benefits are usually associated with roles such as employment, management position, independent contractor (including contracted research), consulting, speaking and teaching, membership on advisory committees or review panels, board membership, and other activities from which remuneration is received, or expected.  ACCME considers relationships of the person involved in the CME activity to include financial relationships of a spouse or partner.

Conflict of Interest

Circumstances create a conflict of interest when an individual has an opportunity to affect CME content about products or services of an ineligible company with which he/she has a financial relationship.

The ACCME also requires that ACS manage any reported conflict and eliminate the potential for bias during the educational activity.  Any conflicts noted below have been managed to our satisfaction. The disclosure information is intended to identify any commercial relationships and allow learners to form their own judgments. However, if you perceive a bias during the educational activity, please report it on the evaluation. 

Speaker and Moderator Disclosures

This innovative course was developed by a core group of expert senior surgeons with many years of experience administering oral examinations, and the first pilot course was offered in 2021. Two additional pilot courses are scheduled for spring of 2022, and the faculty listed below may be administering the mock oral examinations for these courses. 

Faculty Steering Committee

L.D. Britt, MD, MPH, DSc(Hon), FACS, FCCM, FRCSEng(Hon), FRCSEd(Hon), FWACS(Hon), FRCSI(Hon), FCS(SA)(Hon), FRCS(Glasg)(Hon), MAMSE, Chair
E. Christopher Ellison, MD, FACS, MAMSE, Vice Chair
David V. Feliciano, MD, FACS, MAMSE
John B. Hanks MD, FACS
Amy P. Rushing, MD, FACS 
Kenneth W. Sharp, MD, FACS, MAMSE
Thomas F. Tracy Jr., MD, FACS

Faculty Members

Timothy J. Eberlein, MD, FACS, MAMSE
Lewis M. Flint, MD, FACS, MAMSE
Timothy C. Flynn, MD, FACS
David B. Hoyt, MD, FACS, MAMSE
Lenworth M. Jacobs, MD, MPH, FACS, MAMSE
Ronald V. Maier, MD, FACS
Mark A. Malangoni, MD, FACS, MAMSE
Kenneth L. Mattox, MD, FACS, MAMSE
Mary C. McCarthy, MD, FACS, MAMSE
Fabrizio Michelassi, MD, FACS, MAMSE
Alexander A. Parikh, MD, MPH, FACS, FSSO
John J. Ricotta, MD, FACS
Michael G. Sarr, MD, FACS 
Carol E. H. Scott-Conner, MD, PhD, FACS, MAMSE
Douglas P. Slakey, MD, FACS
Nathaniel J. Soper, MD, FACS, MAMSE
Steven M. Steinberg, MD, FACS
John Patrick Walker, MD, FACS


Ajit K. Sachdeva, MD, FACS, FRCSC, FSACME, MAMSE - Nothing to disclose
Patrice Gabler Blair, MPH - Nothing to disclose

Accreditation Information

A Certificate of Completion will be awarded for this course. This activity is not eligible for CME or CE credits.

Course Completion

To receive the Certificate of Completion, participants will need to complete the following:

  • Review all course materials and videos 
  • Course evaluation

Available Credit

  • 1.00 Certificate of Completion
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