The American Board of Surgery (ABS) recently recognized Dr Santin of Ohio Vein & Vascular, Inc as a Board Certified Surgeon in the field of General Surgery. The ABS is an independent, nonprofit organization founded in 1937 to certify individuals who have met a defined standard of education, training and knowledge in the field of surgery. The ABS offers board certification in general surgery, vascular surgery, pediatric surgery, surgical critical care, surgery of the hand, hospice and palliative medicine, and complex general surgical oncology. It is one of 24 member boards of the American Board of Medical Specialties.
The requirements for this recognition are successful completion of an accredited general surgery residency (most often 5 years of training or more) as well as satisfactory completion of a series of exams. Dating back to last fall, Dr Santin successfully passed the written “Qualifying Examination” for the ABS. This exam was comprised of over 200 clinical questions regarding the care of surgical patients.
Most recently, Dr Santin traveling to St Louis for an oral examination by the ABS. This exam consisted of three 30-minute oral examinations delivered by Diplomats of the ABS. Diplomats are more senior surgeons who have achieved Board Certification and additional training on examining their fellow surgeons for a series of competencies.
This fall, Dr Santin plans to take the first of two exams seeking Board Certification in Vascular Surgery. A prerequisite of attaining the Vascular Surgery specialty certification is successful completion of the written General Surgery “Qualifying Examination”.