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Phase I Examination

All residents whose training began after August 1, 2013, or who could not submit a Credentials Application for the August 1, 2016, deadline must take the new Phase I and Phase II examinations. Additionally, candidates who are required to submit a recredentialing application in 2017 will be required to take the Phase I and Phase II examinations. View information on the examination transition, including a schedule of examination dates.

Phase I Surgical Knowledge Examination

Examination Date  

  • March 26, 2018
    Pearson VUE Test Centers in the continental United States and Canada

Important Dates & Deadlines

Eligibility

  • Deadline to submit log items to ACVS: August 1, 2017
  • Eligibility notification: November 10, 2017

Examination Registration

  • ACVS registration opens: November 10, 2017
  • ACVS registration deadline: December 15, 2017

Pearson VUE appointment scheduling

  • Opens: January 20, 2018

Eligbility

Residents must have 50 approved activity weeks, 2 approved seminars, and 2 satisfactory Semi-Annual Reviews spanning those weeks and seminars to take the Phase I Examination. Training must be submitted for review by the Resident Credentialing Committee (RCC) by the August 1 log review deadline immediately preceding the examination date (e.g., August 1, 2017 for the March 2018 Phase I Examination). Residents are encouraged, but not required, to take the Phase I Examination in the second year of the residency.

Eligibility Notification: Residents who are eligible to take the examination will be notified by email no later than November 10. Residents should contact ACVS if they have not received notification by mid-November.

Examination Materials

  • The Phase I Information Pamphlet will be available in August 2017. The pamphlet contains all policies and procedures related to the examination, as well as the reading lists. 
  • Reading Lists: The final reading lists for 2017 are below. The reading lists for 2018 will be available in August 2017.

Examination Format

The 2018 Phase I Surgical Knowledge Examination consists of approximately 125 multiple choice questions with one correct answer.

Registration

Complete registration includes submitting the online examination contract (and request for accommodations, if applicable) and paying the examination fee. The examination fee will be published in August 2017. Once registration is accepted, residents will schedule their test appointments at a Pearson VUE test center.

  • Registration opens: November 10, 2017 
  • ACVS registration deadline: December 15, 2017, 11:59pm Eastern time
  • Pearson VUE appointment scheduling begins: January 20, 2018

Time Limits

Residents whose training started after August 1, 2013

The Phase I Examination must be passed within 6 years of the residency start date. In order to be eligible to take the Phase II Surgical Competency Examination, all residency training requirements must be completed and approved by the RCC; the Phase I Examination must be successfully passed; and a Credentials Application must be approved by the RCC and Board of Regents.

Former residents whose training started prior to August 1, 2013 who could not submit a credentials application as of August 1, 2016

The Phase I Examination must be passed within 3 attempts. In order to be eligible to take the Phase II Surgical Competency Examination, all residency training requirements must be completed and approved by the RCC; the Phase I Examination must be successfully passed; and a Credentials Application must be approved by the RCC and Board of Regents.

Candidates transitioning from the traditional examination

Candidates have 3 attempts to pass all examination parts (Phase I and/or Phase II as needed). Candidates who are unsuccessful at passing the examination after 3 attempts must submit a recredentialing application. There is no time limit to complete the examination process.

Questions?

Address questions about the Phase I Examination to Lynne Marshall (lmarshall@acvs.org) or Kimberly Soehnlein (ksoehnlein@acvs.org).