Requirements and Processes for ABPS Written and Oral Examinations

American Board of Plastic Surgery (ABPS)

For more than 10 years, Anthony Perrone, MD, has been training and practicing as a plastic surgeon. The chief plastic surgeon at MaineGeneral Medical Center in Augusta, he completed comprehensive training after earning his MD that included a fellowship in hand and microsurgery in addition to another in plastic and reconstructive surgery. Dr. Anthony Perrone also maintains board certification with The American Board of Plastic Surgery (ABPS).

An independent organization, ABPS promotes safe and ethical plastic surgery. Toward this end, it administers certifications to professionals. Each candidate for board certification must complete a written and an oral examination.

In order to complete the written exam, candidates must apply and pay for their certification. The Board needs proof of a valid state medical license or registration certification, along with an ECFMG and RCPSC Certificate, if applicable. Furthermore, candidates must verify that they’ve completed training in general, neurological, orthopedic, or thoracic surgery. Assuming a candidate completes these requirements, he or she is sent a reply form. When returning this form, he or she must include appointment letters verifying his or her privileges to practice plastic surgery and current accreditation certificates.

After candidates pass their written exam, they are asked to submit a nine-month case list as part of their oral exam. Each case list must include a statistical summary report and further verification of hospital privileges. There must be at least 50 operative cases included on the finalized copy, and the Board encourages candidates to begin taking pictures of each case starting July 1st, the beginning of the case collection period. Similar to the written exam, candidates also receive an oral exam reply form that must be returned with appointment letters, certificates, and explanations for any questions asked about the submitted cases.