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August 18, 2008

Report of the American Board of Surgery January 2008

Arch Surg. 2008;143(8):809-812. doi:10.1001/archsurg.143.8.809-b

The American Board of Surgery (ABS) convened at its winter meeting from January 5 through 9, 2008, at Amelia Island, Florida, under the chairmanship of Dr Tim Flynn. The principal issues addressed are summarized below (Table).

The curriculum initiative continues to move forward under the direction of Dr Richard Bell. A meeting of the Surgical Council on Resident Education in November led to adoption of the curriculum outline of diseases and operations that the General Surgery Residents' Committee, under the direction of Dr Stan Ashley and Dr Bell, had adopted previously. This outline has been vetted for approximately 2 years by various groups, including surgical program directors, and is now in its final form. It was presented to the executive committee and the full board at this meeting and was adopted as the definition of the areas that general surgery residents are expected to master. It is expected that the curriculum will be a living document that will be reviewed and updated yearly, but it is presently ready to become the defining document for the domain of general surgery and as such will supplant the essential content areas and primary components that have defined general surgery in prior documents.