A policy which limits exam admissibility has been instituted by the American Board of Surgery for the 2012-2013 academic year. With this change, an individual may be eligible for initial certification in general surgery and vascular surgery for no more than seven years following completion of training.
This new policy will apply to individuals who complete their residency training in general surgery or vascular surgery in the 2012-2013 academic year and thereafter. Individuals who completed their training prior to this period will continue their certification process under the ABS’ previous policies.
More details about this policy are available here.