Register now for two 2013 surgery oral examination courses

Two Clinical Performance and Oral Examinations in Surgery courses will be offered in the coming months: first on May 10–15 at Amelia Island Plantations in Florida, and then on September 8–13 in Stowe, VT. The courses have been added to accommodate increased demand and maintain minimal class sizes.

Leaders of the Association of Program Directors in Surgery reviewed the outcomes of this course in 2011 and published the results in January 2012 in the Journal of Surgical Education. The report notes that, based on preliminary results, the success rate among those providing follow-up was 97 percent for surgeons who followed their remediation plan.

The course provides an opportunity for surgeons who have not passed the certifying examination or senior residents/fellows who anticipate difficulty with the certifying examination to receive individual feedback on their oral examination skills and knowledge base. The expanded course will begin with an evening reception on the first day and allow for more individual assessment. All participants will be videotaped in a mock certifying examination on the fifth day of the course and participate in a debriefing session on the final day. Each debriefing will include a behavioral analysis, content areas of weakness, a plan, and questions for review along with a video of the participant’s mock exam.

Go to for a full description of the course and to register online. Questions about the program should be sent to Pamela Rowland, PhD, at, or, or by calling 919-843-3546.

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