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One of the requirements for sitting for the Qualifying Exam is a signed Residency Training Affidavit. Each resident's Program Director signs the affidavit, attesting to the resident's satisfactory competence and completion of the program. The Residency Program Manager can download the affidavit from the Residency Program home page under "Residency Tracking" 31 days prior to the residency completion date.

Residents graduating after May 31, 2020 are required to complete the Fundamentals of Laparoscopic Surgery (FLS) course.

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September 17, 2019 2020 Qualifying Exam application available online
October 19, 2019 Last day to apply for 2020 Qualifying Exam without late fee penalty
December 18, 2019 Final deadline to apply for 2020 Qualifying Exam
September 2019 - February 2020 Notifications sent to candidates approved to take the 2020 Qualifying Exam with instructions to reserve a seat at an exam test center
February 24, 2020 2020 Certifying Exam application available online
May 22, 2020, 11:59 p.m. CT Final deadline to apply for this 2020 Certifying Exam
July 13, 2020 Candidates notified to submit case lists and a photograph for the 2020 Certifying Exam, plus reminder to pay the exam fee
August 3, 2020, 11:59 p.m. CT Last day for receipt of case lists, a photograph, and last day to pay 2020 Certifying Exam exam fee without late fee penalty
August 4 - 17, 2020 Late fee applied to 2020 Certifying Exam cost
August 17, 2020 Final date for ABOG's receipt of 2020 Certifying Exam case lists or exam fees (nothing accepted after this date/time)




2020 Qualifying Exam Application $1,500
2020 Qualifying Exam Late Fee (October 19 - November 18, 2019) $1,860
2020 Qualifying Exam Application (November 19 - December 18, 2019) $2,340
2020 Certifying Exam Application $840
2020 Certifying Exam Application Late Fee (April 4 - May 4, 2020) $1,200
2020 Certifying Exam Application Late Fee (May 5 - 22, 2020) $1,680
2020 Certifying Exam Fee $1,025
2020 Certifying Exam Late Fee (August 4 - 17, 2020) $1,420
All application and late fees are non-refundable and non-transferable, including toward a future application. If the candidate must withdraw from the Certifying Examination on or before September 15, 2020 due to a medical or other emergency, a portion of the examination fee MAY be refunded.