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Frequently Asked Questions about SESAP 16

Ordering SESAP 16

Which SESAP 16 package should I select?

The best SESAP 16 package for you depends on several factors. The first is whether you will need Continuing Medical Education (CME) credit before October 31, 2019. The second is your learning preference—web, print, or both.

All SESAP 16 packages contain the same questions and critiques. With the web program, both the CME and NonCME versions allow the user to log out and resume studying at the same point at a later time. However, the CME version has modes for initial self-assessment, testing, and study, and each category must be completed before moving to the next one. The NonCME version provides more flexibility to move across categories. It records answers for future reference but does not provide scores.
Visit the Order SESAP page for more information and a complete list of packages and pricing.

What areas of general surgery does SESAP 16 cover?

SESAP 16 consists of 850 newly constructed, multiple-choice questions with concise critiques and supporting references. The questions address 14 major content areas of general surgery: head and neck, breast, alimentary tract, abdomen, vascular, endocrine, trauma, perioperative care, surgical critical care, problems in related specialties, oncology, skin/soft tissue, legal/ethics, and patient safety/systems of care.

Can residents buy SESAP 16? Do I have to be a member of RAS-ACS?

Residents can purchase and use SESAP 16 for study purposes but are not eligible to earn CME credit. Residents typically select a NonCME package. Residents who choose to complete the CME version of SESAP 16 will be awarded a Certificate of Completion.

Resident membership in the American College of Surgeons (RAS-ACS) is $20 annually and provides a substantial discount on SESAP 16, along with other generous member benefits. To explore resident membership before purchasing, please visit Benefits for Residents.

Nonmember residents in a surgical residency program accredited by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education can also purchase SESAP 16, but orders may not be placed online. Nonmember residents must first submit a letter of verification from a program director or administrator.

Visit the Order SESAP page to order as a Resident member or nonmember.

Does SESAP offer a shared package or group license?

SESAP is designed and licensed for individual use only. Institutions may not purchase SESAP 16 for shared use, and multiple subscribers may not use the same account.

When will I receive my supplemental print copy of SESAP 16?

Supplemental print copies of SESAP 16 are available to individuals who purchase the CME Web with Supplemental Print package. You must complete the online program before receiving the supplemental print. Once you claim all 90 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™, your print copy of SESAP 16 will be shipped automatically the next business day. It should arrive within 5–7 business days for domestic orders.

If you ordered the CME Web with Supplemental Print package, do not plan on claiming all 90 CME credits, and wish to receive the supplemental print, please contact us at

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 16 on a mobile device?

The web version of SESAP 16 is fully optimized for use on tablets and mobile phones and includes all the same features, functionality, and content available for desktop computers.

Is my computer or device compatible with SESAP 16?

SESAP 16 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 16 be available online?

All CME credit for SESAP 16 must be claimed by October 31, 2019. Web access to SESAP 16 will be discontinued on December 31, 2019, when the program is retired.

Can I work offline on SESAP 16?

Internet access is required to earn CME credit for SESAP 16. The NonCME version offers print packages, which include a self-scoring booklet for self-assessment.

Claiming CME Credit

How many CME credits can I earn from SESAP 16?

Participants can earn up to 90 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 16, participants must purchase a CME 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 incorrect questions 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.

Should I claim CME credit by category or all at once?

SESAP 16 offers two options for claiming CME credit—by category or all at once at the end of the program. You will be asked to choose an option when logging in to the program for the first time.

If you choose to claim by category, you may submit your CME credit separately after each category is successfully completed. You may claim CME credit across multiple months or years through October 31, 2019. An evaluation form will need to be completed for each category in order to claim CME credit.

If you choose to claim all at once, all 90 credits will be claimed on the same date. You are required to complete the entire SESAP 16 program to earn CME credit this way. You will be asked to complete one evaluation form. If you select this option and later do not want to claim all 90 CME credits, please contact us at

How do I claim my SESAP 16 CME credit?

If you choose to claim CME credit by category, a “Claim CME Credits” button will appear next to any completed category on your Categories homepage. Clicking this button will initiate the CME claiming process and change the button to read “CME Credit Claimed.” Please note that you must complete an evaluation form for each category in order to claim CME credit. If you did not complete an evaluation form initially, you will be prompted to do so when claiming.

If you choose to claim CME credit all at once at the end of the program, there will be a “Claim CME Credits” button on the top-left corner of your Categories homepage. Once you have completed the program, the button will change from gray to blue. Clicking this button will initiate the CME claiming process and change the button to read “CME Credit Claimed.” Please note that you must complete an evaluation form for the program in order to claim CME credit. If you did not complete an evaluation form initially, you will be prompted to do so when claiming.

How can I access my CME certificate?

All subscribers can access SESAP 16 CME certificates in the following ways:

  • After claiming CME credit, you will receive a confirmation email. Open the email and click on the CME certificate link.
  • While in the SESAP 16 program, go to the Toolbox menu and choose “Print Certificate.”

Additionally, members of the ACS 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 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 dropdown 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 our CME team at

Nonmembers must submit their CME credits to the ABS directly and should call the ABS at 215-568-4000 for instructions.

Can I use SESAP 16 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.