This program is designed to prepare nascent surgeons for the Virtual
ABS Certifying Examination.
We attempt to help each participant understand his/her strengths and weaknesses in the following areas:
Verbal & Non-verbal Communication Skills
An intense program with a high faculty/student ratio provides practical guidance for immediate achievement in each of these competencies. Our feedback from past participants has been outstanding and those who have followed our debriefing plans have enjoyed subsequent success on the ABS Surgery Certifying Examination. We have presented our results at national surgery meetings and published our results in peer reviewed surgery journals.
Approximately one month before the course, participants will receive a detailed schedule, several pre-course assignments, and a communication skills inventory.
Throughout the course, participants will receive educational materials, including strategies for improved performance on the Virtual ABS Certifying Examination, and a personal digital video of their formal mock oral examinations for review and self-critique. Each participant will receive a follow-up letter within a month of the course as part of their process improvement plan. This letter will summarize the items discussed in the faculty review of their performance.
Participants will engage in multiple opportunities to build relationships with others enrolled in the course with the goal of maintaining these relationships during post-course preparation for the ABS Virtual Certifying Examination.
Strategies for effectively managing stress and exam anxiety will also be available to participants.
Course components include, but are not limited to the following:
Didactics: Behaviors that Affect Outcomes
Round Table Faculty-Participant Lunches
Didactics: Review of the ABS Process
Small Group Mock Orals for Performance Enhancement
Mini Mock Orals in Larger Group
Small Group Research Activities
Small Study Groups for Motivational Stimulation
Immersive Simulation for the ABS Certifying Examination
Digital Video of Formal Mock Oral
Individual Debriefing for Performance Improvement
The 2021-22 offerings of The Surgery Certifying Examination (CE) Course are partnering with a ZOOM-type platform to provide an interactive format for participants and our national faculty to simulate the ABS Certifying Examination. This virtual process will still honor the value of individual 1:1 and small group analysis. The traditional 1:1 pre-course interviews with Dr. Rowland will begin via ZOOM approximately 1 month prior to the course. Virtual support options will continue throughout the CE process for each participant.