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Phase II Examination

The Phase II Examination is offered for the first time in 2018.

Phase II Surgical Competency Examination

February 5-6, 2018
Catamaran Resort Hotel, San Diego, California

Examination Registration

  • opens: October 1, 2017
  • registration deadline: November 21, 2017

Eligibility

Residents who have passed the Phase I examination and who submit and have their credentials application accepted in 2017 will be eligible to take the 2018 Phase II Examination. Additionally, previous examination candidates who submit a successful recredentialing application in 2017 are eligible to take the Phase I and Phase II examinations in 2018. Beginning in 2019, all existing examination candidates who have not passed the traditional certification examination will take the Phase I and/or Phase II examination. View the transition policies, including future examination dates.

Examination Materials

Examination materials, including the Information Pamphlet and reading lists, will be available in August 2017.

Examination Format

The Phase II examination will be composed of 2 sections – a practical section and a case-based section.

The practical section will be comprised of a total of 32 questions based on visually presented material of surgically-related diseases or conditions. Candidates will be provided visual images (still and videos), as well as written information for each question. Visual material may depict anatomic specimens, instruments, surgical diseases, pathologic/histologic specimens, imaging studies or other relevant information in order to test the candidate’s recognition and interpretive skills covering all areas of surgical practice. The 32 questions will be divided into two equal parts (16 questions each) with a 20-minute break between parts. The visual material for each question will be shown for 4 minutes, with an additional 30 minutes provided at the end of each part to review answers after the 16 questions are presented. The time allowed for each part will be 94 minutes. Each question will be worth 12 points and a minimum of 20% of the points for the examination will be based on the suggested reading of the current literature.

The case-based section will be comprised of 2 parts, Orthopedic/Neurosurgery and Soft tissue. The case-based section tests the candidate’s management of a sequentially presented surgical case(s) prior to, during, and after surgery. Candidates will be provided visual and written information on the case and should be prepared to answer questions covering all areas of surgical practice. Each part of the case-based section will be administered over approximately 75 minutes, with a 20-minute break between parts. Each part of the case-based section will be worth 250 points and a minimum of 20% of the points for the examination will be based on the suggested reading of the current literature.    

Sample examination questions will be available by August 2017.

Examination Schedule

Date Session
Sunday, February 4, evening  Examination Orientation Session (mandatory)
Monday, February 5, morning Small Animal Practical – Parts 1 and 2
Monday February 5, afternoon Large Animal Practical – Parts 1 and 2
Tuesday, February 6, morning Small Animal Case-Based – O/N and Soft Tissue
Tuesday, February 6, afternoon Large Animal Case-Based – O/N and Soft Tissue

Registration

Complete registration includes submitting the online examination contract and paying the examination fee before the November 21, 2017, registration deadline.  

Examination Fee: the fee for the Phase II Examination will be published in June.

  • Registration opens: October 1, 2017 
  • Registration deadline: November 21, 2017

Questions?

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

Maintenance of Certification

Individuals who are pass the examination and are board certified by the American College of Veterinary Surgeons are subject to time-limited certification and must undergo mandatory maintenance of certification (MOC). Activities acceptable for maintaining certification should result in the acquisition of new knowledge by the Diplomate, such as attending or presenting at continuing education meetings, publishing manuscripts, serving on ACVS committees, and participating in resident training.  View the ACVS Diplomate Maintenance of Certification Policies and Procedures.

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