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Program for Validation and Verification of Surgical Knowledge and Skills

The American College of Surgeons (ACS) Program for Validation and Verification of Surgical Knowledge and Skills (Program for Validation and Verification) is housed within the Division of Education and is responsible for the development and implementation of the five-level mode of verification and the verification and maintenance of individual continuing medical education (CME) credit.

In 2005, the ACS Board of Regents formally approved the implementation of the five-level Program for Verification of Surgical Knowledge and Skills for physicians participating in educational offerings at the College. The model provides a framework for designing and implementing educational courses based on principles of contemporary surgical education. In addition, the model permits provision of appropriate documentation of participants’ knowledge and skills.

The Program for Validation and Verification maintains a database of all state medical and osteopathic board requirements.

The Program for Validation and Verification also verifies and maintains individual CME credit records for members.

For more information on Maintenance of Certification (MOC), please visit the American Board of Surgery website.