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Residency Standards and Requirements

Surgery residents must complete the requirements as outlined in the ACVS Residency Training Standards and Requirements in effect at the start of their residency.  Residency Forms must be submitted to ACVS at the start of training, for changes in Program Director or Resident Advisor, and upon transfer to a new program.

2022-2023 Residency Training Standards and Requirements

Residency Training Standards and Requirements (July 2022-June 2023)

Summary of changes in 2022 - 2023 Residency Training Standards and Requirements

  • Requests for additions to the Approved Journals List will now be reviewed twice a year by the Resident Credentialing Committee. Petitions must be submitted by the February 1 and August 1 deadlines.

ACVS is developing a new online certification management system anticipated to launch in late 2022. The requirements included in this document are considered final. Pending the final launch date, an updated version of the standards may be issued to reflect process and terminology changes required with the introduction of the new system.

2021-2022 Residency Training Standards and Requirements

Residency Training Standards and Requirements (July 2021-June 2022)

Summary of changes in 2021–2022 Residency Training Standards and Requirements

  • The External Surgical Rotation form is required for all cases logged from a site that is not part of the registered residency training program.
  • Seminars may be completed via live, interactive teleconference modalities.
  • Educational events may be completed via live webinars or live, interactive teleconference modalities..
  • Eligibility for the Phase I Surgical Knowledge Examination will be determined by the program and the resident through attestations completed during the examination registration process.
  • "Good-standing" was defined for Phase I eligibility.

2020-2021 Residency Training Standards and Requirements

Residency Training Standards and Requirements (July 2020-June 2021)

Note: The ACVS Board of Regents approved changes to the Phase I examination eligibility requirements. Clarifications have been made to existing Specialty Service rotation requirements to allow for the full Clinical Pathology rotation and part of the Diagnostic Imaging rotation requirements to be fulfilled either in-person or via telemedicine. The 2020 Residency Training Standards and Requirements were amended in August 2020 to reflect this change. 

Summary of changes in 2020 - 2021 Residency Training Standards and Requirements

  • Full-time defined for program registration personnel requirements.
  • ACVS Diplomates must be employed full-time and meet other requirements to qualify as “Supervising ACVS Diplomates”.
  • Reminder: renewing programs must be compliant with availability requirements for ACVIM (Internal Medicine) and additional allied specialists.
  • New process established for programs who wish to transition to inactive status at the conclusion of the current residency training year.
  • Approved Journals List subdivided into a permanent list of core journals and list of journals subject to periodic review.
  • The Resident Credentialing Committee will evaluate the Reviewed Journals list every five years.

Prior Years' Residency Training Standards and Requirements / Residency Program Guidelines

For a summary of changes by year, see the Prior Years' Standards and Guidelines page.