ACS General Surgery Oral Examination Prep Course Winter 2023

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

  • Individuals 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 Nicole Keating, MS, Senior Administrator, Surgical Skills Acquisition, Maintenance, and Validation, or (312-202-5298), or Jamie Ciccone, Manager, Preceptorship, Coaching and Retooling, or (312-202-5197).
  • For any technical questions, contact
Course summary
Available credit: 
  • 0.00 Certificate of Completion
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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 individuals with preparing for the American Board of Surgery General Surgery Certifying Examination.

Course Dates

Courses will be offered on Tuesday, February 14th, 2023, or Friday, February 17th, 2023. Prior to the course, participants will be asked to complete approximately two hours of didactic materials. On the day of the course, participants will be expected to be available from approximately 7:30 am to 3:00 pm Central Time.

Application Process

  • Tuesday, February 14th, 2023
    Please submit the completed application form to no later than January 27th, 2023.  Space is limited and notifications regarding acceptance will be e-mailed to the participants.
  • Friday, February 17th, 2023
    Please submit the completed application form to no later than January 27th, 2023.  Space is limited and notifications regarding acceptance will be e-mailed to the participants.

Fees, Cancellations and Refunds

Course Fees

  • 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. Accepted individuals can request invoices in lieu of the online payment method. All fees must be submitted by February 3, 2023. There is a $50 administrative fee for cancellations received by February 8, 2023. No refunds will be provided for cancellations received after this date.

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. Four additional courses occurred in Spring and Fall of 2022. The faculty listed below administer the mock oral examinations for these courses on a rotating basis.

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, Co-Chair
E. Christopher Ellison, MD, FACS, MAMSE, Co-Chair
John B. Hanks MD, FACS
Amy P. Rushing, MD, FACS 
Kenneth W. Sharp, MD, FACS, MAMSE
Thomas F. Tracy Jr., MD, FACS
John A. Weigelt, MD, DVM, FACS 

Faculty Members

Mark I. Aeder, MD, MS, FACS
William G. Cioffi, MD, FACS
Joseph A. Corrado, MD, FACS
Lewis M. Flint, MD, FACS, MAMSE
David B. Hoyt, MD, FACS, MAMSE
Lenworth M. Jacobs, MD, MPH, FACS, MAMSE
Gregory J. Jurkovich, MD FACS
Mio Kitano, MD, MS, FACS, FSSO 
Orlando C. Kirton, MD, FACS, MCCM, FCCP, MBA
Mark A. Malangoni, MD, FACS, MAMSE
Kenneth L. Mattox, MD, FACS, MAMSE
Mary C. McCarthy, MD, FACS, MAMSE
Wayne Meredith, MD, MCCM, FACS
Fabrizio Michelassi, MD, FACS, MAMSE
Lisa A. Newman, MD, MPH, FACS
Alexander Parikh, MD, MPH, FACS, FSSO
Charles F. Rinker, MD, FACS
Michael G. Sarr, MD, FACS
William P. Schecter, MD, FACS, FCCM
Carol E. H. Scott-Conner, MD, PhD, FACS, MAMSE
Douglas P. Slakey, MD, FACS
Nathaniel J. Soper, MD, FACS, MAMSE
Steven Steinberg, MD, FACS
John Patrick Walker, MD, FACS
Marshall Z. Schwartz, MD, FACS, FRCS-Eng (Hon)


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

Accreditation Information

This activity is not eligible for CME or CE credits.


Available Credit

  • 0.00 Certificate of Completion
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