How does ABCRS Determine Board Certification?
The American Board of Colon and Rectal Surgery was established to promote the health and welfare of the American people through the development and maintenance of high standards for certification in the specialty of colon and rectal surgery.
To accomplish this, the Board:
- Determines that candidates possess proper qualifications before taking the examination for certification or maintenance of certification.
- Conducts examinations to determine the ability and fitness to practice the specialty of colon and rectal surgery.
- Awards certificates to those candidates who fulfill its requirements.
The American Board of Colon and Rectal Surgery appoints representatives to the Residency Review Committee. This is a tripartite committee which reviews and evaluates new and previously approved residency programs in colon and rectal surgery in order to maintain the high standards of graduate medical education. It is composed of members representing the Board, the American College of Surgeons, and the American Medical Association.