Young Surgeons Mock Orals and More Workshop

Young Surgeons Mock Orals and More Workshop | ASCRS

Saturday, June 1
Residents/Fellows-in-Training Track:
12:30 – 5:00 pm
Physicians in Practice Track: 12:30 – 5:30 pm
Up to 5 CME Credit Hours
Registration is Required

Candidate Member Fee: $50
Member Fee: $160
Non-Member Fee: $215
Limit: 45 participants per Track

To achieve certification by The American Board of Colon and Rectal Surgery (ABCRS), a candidate must pass a Written Examination (Part I) and an Oral Examination (Part II). The Oral Examination is taken once the candidate passes the Written Examination. Its objective is to evaluate candidates’ clinical experience, problem-solving ability and surgical judgment, and to ascertain the candidate’s knowledge of the current literature on colon and rectal diseases and surgery. Additionally, despite years of intensive surgical training, most fellows and faculty receive very little instruction on how to navigate through the obstacles faced while starting practice. The workshop aims to prepare candidates for these examinations and address critical needs of current fellows and recent graduates.

Each session will consist of an introduction and overview of the structure of the mock oral examination, followed by multiple small group practice mock oral exam scenarios. The oral examinations are administered by different examiners, with critique of the examinees’ performances. The format replicates the actual ABCRS Oral Examination. Additionally, participants will observe their colleagues answer and receive critique on scenarios. Scenarios covered will be those that are heavily tested on the certifying oral examination and are commonly encountered in a standard colorectal practice. Additionally, the session will also provide feedback on performance and guidance in treatment of these various disease processes.

In addition, a mini-symposium with topics related to board review, transition to practice, academic success, and transition of careers. This mini-symposium will be tailored to the participating tracks, i.e. current ACGME fellows or those physicians in practice applying for board certification.

Gap Analysis

What Is: No high quality formal mock examination review courses exist to prepare recent colorectal fellowship graduates for the oral examination.

What Should Be: Recent graduates from fellowships should be well prepared for this examination which is essential for board certification. In addition, early career advice and support is key to improving success of young colorectal surgeons.


At the conclusion of this session, participants should be able to:

  1. Describe the structure of the oral examination.
  2. Demonstrate the ability to answering colorectal oral board style questions in a simulated, high stakes format.
  3. Demonstrate knowledge among colleagues and learn from other examinees.
  4. Explain career level relevant topics to his or her own career.


Jennifer Davids, MD, Worcester, MA
Jason Mizell, MD, Little Rock, AR