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Phase I Examination

Phase I Surgical Knowledge Examination

2018 Examination

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

  • Candidates registered for Phase I who need to cancel their examination must contact both ACVS and Pearson VUE.

Examination Materials


2019 Examination

  • April 8, 2019
    Pearson VUE Test Centers in the continental United States and Canada

Important Dates & Deadlines

Eligibility

  • Deadline to submit log items to ACVS: August 1, 2018
  • Eligibility notification: November 10, 2018

Examination Registration

  • Materials, fees, and deadlines will be announced in late August 2018

Eligbility

Current residents: 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, 2018 for the March 2019 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.

Transitioning examination candidates:Phase I is required only if the written examination has not previously been passed.

Limitations

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 who have not passed the written examination must pass Phase I. Candidates who have not passed the case-based or practical examinations must pass those sections of the Phase II examination. The required examinations must be passed within the remaining attempts of a candidate’s current cycle (each cycle is 3 attempts). Candidates who are unsuccessful at passing all required examinations within 3 attempts must submit a recredentialing application.

Questions?

Address questions about the Phase I Examination to Lynne Marshall (ext. 111).