Examination Content

  • The examination is based on a broad range of professional activities encompassing the specialty of plastic surgery.  Because the examination emphasizes current surgical practice and continuing education, the emphasis is different from the cognitive emphasis of the initial Written Examination of the Board.
  • The examination is designed in a modular form to allow diplomates to match the examination modules to their practice profiles.
  • The examination consists of 200 multiple-choice questions. Diplomates may take a Comprehensive Plastic Surgery examination module or one of the specialty examination modules. The specialty modules are Cosmetic Surgery, Craniomaxillofacial Surgery and Hand Surgery. Each of the 4 exams include 50 questions on the core of plastic surgery practice.


The secure examination is largely derived from previously published questions available in the public domain, such as the ASPS In-Service Examinations and CME questions published in the journals, Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery (PRS) & Aesthetic Surgery Journal (ASJ) in recent years.


Under the new internet-based testing format, the study material is incorporated into the exam which precludes the need for additional study. However, the following options are available for those who wish to prepare for the exam:

    • ASPS Exam Study Guide - single modules corresponding to exam modules are available. Cme's are also available upon completion.
    • CME articles in the journals for Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery and Aesthetic Surgery



Result letters and Performance Reports are provided in June.  An email notification will be sent once the results are posted online, accessible after secure log-in.


The AMA awards 60 CME credits for successful completion of the CC program. Additional information can be found on the AMA website.


On the AMA website, look for "Direct credit" - requires login, click on "create account." Membership in AMA not required.