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Frequently Asked Questions about SESAP 17

Ordering SESAP 17

Which SESAP 17 package should I select?

The most appropriate SESAP 17 package for you depends on several factors. The first is whether you are eligible for continuing medical education (CME) credit and if you will need the CME credit before October 31, 2022. Individuals who are not CME-eligible may only purchase NonCME packages.

The second is whether you would like to purchase all 13 categories or purchase by category.  If you would like to receive a print version of the program, you must purchase all 13 categories.

Visit the Order SESAP page for more information and a complete list of packages and pricing.

What areas of general surgery does SESAP 17 cover?

SESAP 17 consists of 650 newly constructed, case-based, multiple-choice questions with concise critiques and supporting references. The questions address 13 major content areas of general surgery: abdomen, alimentary tract, breast, endocrine, head and neck, legal/ethics, oncology, perioperative care, problems in related specialties, skin/soft tissue, surgical critical care, trauma, and vascular surgery. Visit the SESAP content webpage for a description of each category.

Can residents buy SESAP 17? Do I have to be a member of RAS-ACS?

Residents can purchase a NonCME package of SESAP 17. CME credit is not available to residents through SESAP 17, and residents should purchase a NonCME package. Residents may generate a Residents Report from the web program to document progress for Program Directors.

Membership in the American College of Surgeons is $20 annually for Resident Members and provides a substantial discount on SESAP 17, along with other generous member benefits. To explore resident membership before purchasing, please visit the Resident Member page.

Nonmember residents in a surgical residency program accredited by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education or equivalent program may also purchase SESAP 17 but must first submit a letter of verification from a program director or administrator. Please call 312-202-5419 for more information on the process for nonmember residents.

Visit the Order SESAP page for pricing and ordering information.

Does SESAP offer a shared package or group license?

SESAP is designed for individual use only. Institutions may not purchase SESAP 17 for shared use, and multiple individuals may not use the same account.

When will I receive my print copy of SESAP 17?

CME print copies of SESAP 17 are available to individuals who purchase all 13 categories and select the CME with Print package. You must complete the online program before receiving the CME print. Once you claim all 109 CME credits, your print copy of SESAP 17 will automatically ship.

If you ordered the CME with Print package and do not plan on claiming all 109 CME credits, but wish to receive the print copy, please contact us at

For those who order NonCME packages with print, the print syllabi are shipped once all 13 categories are purchased.

What is SESAP 17 Advanced?

SESAP 17 Advanced will be launched in 2020 and will feature additional in-depth content for surgeons seeking further knowledge in specific areas. Modules in abdomen and alimentary tract, breast, endocrine, surgical critical care, and trauma will address clinical problems and areas that are complex and may be ambiguous or still evolving.

SESAP 17 Advanced modules have as prerequisites the corresponding SESAP 17 categories. For example, the surgical critical care category of SESAP 17 is required to purchase the surgical critical care module of SESAP 17 Advanced.

Please note: Both the abdomen and alimentary tract categories of SESAP 17 are required to purchase the combined abdomen/alimentary tract module of SESAP 17 Advanced.

Subscribers who purchase all 13 categories of SESAP 17 will fulfill all prerequisites for SESAP 17 Advanced.

Can I add additional categories to an existing SESAP 17 order?

If you purchase SESAP 17 by category, you may return later to purchase additional categories. Purchases will be allowed through October 2022. Add categories online.

Can I add a print to an existing SESAP 17 order?

If you purchase all 13 categories at once, you may return later to order a print edition.

Add a print edition

If you purchase by category, you must purchase all categories before ordering a print edition. Please e-mail or call 312-202-5419 for assistance with this request.

Using the Program

How can I retrieve my username or password?

You can retrieve your username and reset your password here.

If you are an ACS member, your SESAP login is the same as your ACS member login and password.

Can I use SESAP 17 on a mobile device?

The web program of SESAP 17 is optimized for use on tablets and smartphones and includes the same content available for desktop computers.

Is my computer or device compatible with SESAP 17?

SESAP 17 is compatible with Mac and PC desktop computers, as well as Apple and Android mobile devices. Please visit the SESAP Technical Requirements page for a complete list of technical specifications.

How long will SESAP 17 be available online?

All CME credit for SESAP 17 must be claimed by October 31, 2022. Web access to SESAP 17 will be discontinued on December 31, 2022, when the program is retired.

Can I work offline on SESAP 17?

Internet access is required to earn CME credit for SESAP 17. Print syllabi can be ordered and, for CME packages, the books will be shipped after all CME credit has been claimed. For NonCME packages, the print syllabi are available once all 13 categories are purchased. A Self-Scoring Booklet is available in the NonCME web program to download and print for personal use with the printed syllabus.

Claiming CME Credit

How many CME credits can I earn from SESAP 17?

Participants can earn up to 109 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™, all of which can be used for self-assessment purposes.

What are the requirements to earn CME credit?

To earn CME credit for SESAP 17, participants must purchase aCME Web version and complete the program online. Participants will be asked to read each question, select an answer, and review the corresponding critique and preferred answer. Participants will test their mastery of the content by answering the same questions in a scrambled fashion and must achieve a cumulative score of 80 percent within three (3) attempts. If the score is less than 80 percent, the learner will be asked to review the questions answered incorrectly and answer those questions again until 80 percent is achieved. If a score of 80 percent is not achieved after the third round, the learner will be asked to start the section over again. For further information, visit About SESAP CME.

How do I claim my SESAP 17 CME credit?

Once you have successfully earned CME credit for a whole category, a “Claim” button will appear next to the category on your CME Credits dashboard. Clicking this button will initiate the CME claiming process and change the button to read “Claimed.” You must complete an evaluation form for each category in order to claim CME credit.

How can I access my CME certificate?

All subscribers can access SESAP 17 CME certificates in the following ways:

  • After claiming CME credit, you will receive a confirmation e-mail. Open the e-mail and click on the CME certificate link.
  • While in the SESAP 17 program, go to the account menu and choose “CME Credits” or click “Print Certificate” from the CME Credits dashboard.

Additionally, ACS members may log in to From the drop-down menu, select “MyCME,” select “Transcript,” and click “Print Certificate.”

How can I share my CME credit with the American Board of Surgery (ABS)?

ACS members can send their CME credit transcript to the American Board of Surgery (ABS) by following these steps:

  1. Members will need a 13-digit authorization code. Please call the ABS at 215-568-4000 to obtain this code.
  2. Log into with your username and password.
  3. Select “MyCME” from the drop-down menu in the upper right-hand corner.
  4. Select "Send to ABS" and enter the authorization code to submit your transcript to the ABS.

If you experience any difficulty, please contact the CME team at

Nonmembers must submit their CME to the ABS directly and should call the ABS at 215-568-4000 for instructions.
Can I use SESAP 17 to meet my state’s special regulatory CME requirements?

SESAP may help fulfill your state’s CME special regulatory requirements. Please visit CME State Requirements for a list of requirements by state.

How do I achieve Education Credits of Excellence for SESAP 17?

Education Credits of Excellence are entirely optional and are designed to encourage further learning and to challenge surgeons who want to pursue a higher level of recognition. Surgeons are able and encouraged to study the items in the self-assessment portion as much as they wish prior to taking the CME test. Those surgeons who achieve 100 percent on the first attempt of the CME test for a category (or each part for categories with multiple parts) will receive a certificate for Education Credits of Excellence for that category. Education Credits of Excellence are being offered by the ACS Division of Education, as supported by the ACS Board of Regents. Certificates for Education Credits of Excellence may be accessed in the SESAP 17 web program.