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Phase I Examination

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: October 1, 2017
  • ACVS registration deadline: December 15, 2017

Pearson VUE appointment scheduling

  • Opens: January 20, 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, 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.

Transitioning examination candidates: Candidates whose recredentialing application is accepted in 2017 may register to take the Phase I examination, if required. Phase I is required only if the written examination has not previously been passed.

Examination Materials

Registration

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

  • Registration opens: October 1, 2017
    • Log in at www.acvs.org/apply to complete the online contract and accommodation request. Candidates will not be able to register until they have received an eligibility notification from ACVS.
    • Examination Fee: $428. The fee can be paid online or by submitting the payment form to ACVS.
  • 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 up to 3 attempts to pass all required 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).