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Fundamentals of Laparoscopic Surgery - FAQs For Program Administrators

Watch this video to learn more about the FLS requirement.


If our program or hospital wants to pay for our residents to complete FLS, what do we do?

The Society of American Gastrointestinal and Endoscopic Surgeons (SAGES) is the non-profit organization that offers FLS. Educational packages can be purchased on the FLS website at https://www.flsprogram.org/testing-information/test-packages/. A package includes study guides for three residents and three test vouchers for $1,575.


Why is ABOG not requiring a Gynecologic surgery-specific course and assessment as prerequisites for certification?

The FLS is a standardized curriculum and high-stakes examination that has been validated. The test questions and tasks have been field-tested for efficacy, and the FLS Test Committee continually reviews their statistical properties. The assessments are proctored by accredited FLS testing centers.


Our residents have already completed the FLS curriculum at our hospital. Do they have to do the formal testing or can we attest to their competency?

All residents who graduate in the academic year 2020 must complete the formal FLS curriculum and certification at an FLS testing center. In order to apply for the examination, ABOG must receive confirmation that they have successfully passed the examination.


Can our hospital become an FLS testing center?

Institutions wishing to become FLS Test Centers must first complete an FLS Test Center application and submit the application, along with the application fee to the SAGES FLS Program office. The FLS Test Center application is available, along with the FLS Test Center Standards and Criteria at https://www.flsprogram.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/03/FLS-Test-Center-Standard-and-Criteria-2015-1.pdf.


When should our residents take FLS?

A candidate must complete FLS before they apply for their Qualifying Examination (QE). They will be instructed to supply a copy of the certificate of completion at the time of their application. They can take FLS at any time during residency, but the ideal time may be during the second year as residents are gaining more exposure to laparoscopy.