The General Surgery Qualifying Exam is usually taken by general surgery residents after completing residency. The examination consists of approximately 300 multiple-choice questions, which are designed to evaluate the applicant’s knowledge of general surgical principles and applied science.The exam content includes questions from two main topics: patient care and surgical/medical knowledge. These two topics are then divided into sub-topics to cover different organ systems, such as:
- alimentary tract
- skin and soft tissue
- head and neck
In addition to these organ systems, the exam also focuses on questions regarding perioperative care, trauma, critical care, endoscopy and other miscellaneous topics.
Even though the exam should have a question or two on most (if not all) of these topics, there are definitely topics that will benefit from a review prior to the exam so as not to miss them in the qualifying examination.