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High-Yield Topics for the General Surgery Qualifying Exam

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:
  • abdomen
  • alimentary tract
  • breast
  • endocrine
  • skin and soft tissue
  • thoracic
  • vascular
  • 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. 

General Surgery Board Exam Overview
Med School Tutors by Med School Tutors on Jul 12, 2021 in General Surgery

In this post, we cover essential details regarding the General Surgery Qualifying and Certifying Exams to help you prepare your board exam timeline.

What is the General Surgery Qualifying Exam? 

The General Surgery Qualifying Exam is the exam that physicians who complete their general surgery residency must take to become certified by The American Board of Surgery. There are actually two exams including in the qualifying exam: The Qualifying Examination (QE) and the Certifying Exam (CE). 

How to Study for the General Surgery Qualifying Exam
Sheel Patel by Sheel Patel on Jul 12, 2021 in Surgery, Boards, General Surgery

Passing the General Surgery Qualifying Exam (QE) is the first of two steps to becoming a board certified general surgeon. After completing five years of intense general surgery residency, this exam can be considered a way to regurgitate everything you have learned thus far.

However, it is very important to remember that your preparation for the board examination actually begins from day one of residency. It is also important to remember that there is no right or wrong way to study for boards and that the suggested method in this post is one of many ways to prepare. 

General Surgery Board Review: 4 Best Resources for the Qualifying Exam
Sheel Patel by Sheel Patel on Apr 27, 2021 in Boards, General Surgery

The general surgery boards are comprised of two parts: a qualifying exam (written general surgery board exam) and a certifying exam (oral general surgery board exam). When it comes to preparing for board exams, regardless of specialty, there are many resources available. We must identify and select a few of the top resources to ensure consistency and to prevent becoming overwhelmed.

In this post, we outline some of the top resources for general surgery boards written exam prep. 

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