Quick Tips: Written Exam

  • Application with credit card payment - Refer to Fee Schedule
  • Current and valid state medical license/registration certificate which shows an expiration date (WALLET CARD)
    • Temporary and resident licenses are only accepted at this point in the certification process if the applicant is still in plastic surgery residency
  • Valid driver’s license or current passport
  • ECFMG Certificate (if applicable)
  • RCPSC Certificate (if applicable)
  • Verification, if completed full training in general surgery, neurological surgery, orthopedic surgery, otolaryngology, thoracic or urology
  • Admissibility letter or certificate, if completed training in oral and maxillofacial surgery
  • If completing a fellowship after plastic surgery residency, be sure you apply for an unrestricted state medical license. 
    • An active, unrestricted medical license is required by August with the Reply Form in order to register for the examination. 
    • Fellowship licenses are not accepted for the examination.
  • Fellowship training does not affect admissibility to the Written Examination but will delay admissibility to the Oral Examination.  The 9-month Oral Exam case submission cannot include cases from fellowship training.

 

Upon receipt, review and approval of all required Application Materials, including the confirmation and recommendation from the Program Director by July 1st of each year, candidates will be emailed instructions to review the Announcement Letter and to complete the Reply Form.

 

The ABPS Application Approval letter will be posted to the Written Exam tab and may be used as proof of status with the Board.

 

  • The next step after approval of the Application Material is the Reply Form at which time a valid, full and unrestricted state medical license is required. 
    • NOTE:  Temporary, Training, Limited, Resident, Institutional and Fellowship Licenses, etc. ARE NOT ACCEPTED with the on-line Reply Form.
  • REQUIRED:
    • Reply Form with credit card payment
    • Valid, full and unrestricted state medical licenses indicating expiration dates
    • Currently-dated, within the last three months, appointment/reappointment letters verifying plastic surgery privileges from each hospital
    • Current accreditation certificates or documentation from all non-hospital outpatient surgical facilities
    • Current driver’s license or valid passport

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  • The Written Examination is administered annually in October (one day exam).
  • Prometric Test Centers in the United States, Puerto Rico, and Canada.
  • Visit www.prometric.com for a list of locations.  The test sponsor = ABPS.

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When can I schedule my testing appointment?

  • Scheduling permits will be available by the end of August once the Reply Form is approved by the Board.
  • Contact Prometric as soon as possible to schedule your testing appointment.

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How should I prepare for the examination?

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  • Do not activate websites before the start of practice.
  • Use of the Board's logo is prohibited.  
  • Refer to the Board's 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.
  • Refer to the Board's Admissibility Policy.