Quick Tips: Oral Exam

  • Candidates admissible to the Oral Examination will have access to the Clinical Case Log
  • Online data collection of cases performed within a 9-month period, beginning July 1st

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Required for case list submission:

  • 1 original case list with signed & notarized affidavits from each institution.
  • 1 Candidate Affidavit.
  • 1 copy of the Statistical Summary Report from the Clinical Case Log.
  • A letter from one hospital confirming privileges in plastic surgery which corresponds to the start of clinical surgical practice. Must be dated in the year of the examination or include privilege start and end dates throughout the case collection and examination period.
  • 1 copy of ALL required advertising material.

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  • Case lists are reviewed upon submission and 5 cases are selected for examination preparation (Case Report Session). Some case lists may be denied. Notification is provided in July.
  • Email the Board Office at oral@abplasticsurgery.org no later than August 1st if you have insufficient case report data such as deficiencies in documentation or missing photographs. Additional cases for preparation may be assigned.
  • Online case report preparation instructions will be provided. 
    • Detailed e-mails will be sent to candidates regarding case report documents.  

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  • After case lists are accepted and approved, the Reply Form will become available in July. 
  • An Announcement Letter, travel flyer, and the 5 Selected Cases for each candidate will be posted at this time.
  • Reply Forms are due in August.

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  • Travel and hotel information will be provided in July with the Announcement Letter, Reply Form and 5 Selected Cases.
  • For 10+ years, the examination has been held at the Pointe Hilton at Tapatio Cliffs Resort in Phoenix, AZ.

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  • Effective January 1, 2017, the Board approved that candidates may advertise board eligible while in the ABPS examination process after receiving an ABPS application approval letter. The term board eligible may be used until admissibility to the ABPS examination process expires.
  • Use of the Board's logo is prohibited
  • Refer to the Advertising Policy 

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  • Candidates are advised to utilize every opportunity to complete the certification examinations. 
  • Candidates must successfully complete both the Written and Oral Examinations required to achieve certification within 8 years after completion of plastic surgery residency training.
  • Reapplication requirements must be fulfilled at the end of the first 5 years of admissibility (application approval).
  • Refer to the Admissibility Policy.