2020 was a year of balancing the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic and strategic priorities for ACVS certification programs. These challenges continue in 2021, but Eric Parente, director of certification, is pleased to share news and progress.
The challenges of keeping ACVS surgery residents on track for certification in the face of the pandemic have been great. As many of you are aware, we have had to adjust administration of the Phase I and Phase II examinations. This year, for the first time the Phase II examination (February 22) will be in an online format.The Phase I examination (April 12) will be administered completely remotely. The Examination Committee has done an incredible job to maintain the high standards of the examination while adjusting to the challenges of administration.
As part of a project with the gap analysis task force to evaluate the surgical curriculum, an Essential Procedures Survey was launched in January 2020. Those results are now available to ACVS Diplomates (login required). To all those that participated in this study, your input is greatly appreciated. This information will be considered as we evaluate surgical training.
For over a year, we been working to identify a vendor to assist us in launching a new resident training log system. During this process, ACVS recognized including the other aspects of certification under one software program (e.g., program registration, credentials applications, etc.) would be beneficial. We are very close to finalizing our contract with a vendor and beginning this project. The initial estimate from the vendor is to configure the new certification management system by the end of the year. Residents who begin training in July 2022 will use this new log system.