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Academy of Surgical Research :: Certification Exam F.A.Q.

Q: When should my application be submitted by?
A: April 15th
Q: When will I be notified of my acceptance/ exclusion?
A: A certification letter will be mailed by July 1st.
Q: Where can I take the exam?
A: Currently, the exam is offered only at the yearly meeting of the Academy, which is held in different cities in September or October of each year; the site will be known at least one or two years in advance. Contact the Academyís office or Certification Committee for information for the location in a given year.
Q: What do I do if Iím excluded?
A: Contact us; the review may be extended for applications that are not initially accepted but may be with further clarification from the applicant.
Q: Should I only review the study guide and not bother with the reading list?
A: Like the reading list, the study guide is another reference and should not be memorized or used by itself.
Q: How do I submit my documentation to take each test?
A: Packets are now submitted electronically by uploading the completed application, caselogs and narratives appropriate to the applicable certification exam to; payment of the $200 non-refundable application fee must be made before application will be accepted.
Q: What is the fee for taking each exam?
A: There is a $200 application fee each time the candidate applies to take a new certification exam. There is no fee to retake a failed exam if it is taken the year after the candidate did not pass.
Q: How many questions are on the test?
A: 200 Total:
150 Multiple choice and True/False
50 Questions on re-printed pictures/figures
Q: What is a passing score?
A: You must obtain a score of 68% in order to pass your exam.
Q: How long do I have to take the test?
A: 4 hours are allocated.
Q: What documentation is required for the Surgical Research Anesthetist (SRA)?
A: 30 cases; 30 minutes or longer; minimum of two species; 2 anesthesia narratives.
Q: What documentation is required for the Surgical Research Technician (SRT)?
A: 12 survival procedures in at least one species; minor procedures as listed in description; 2 narratives of different procedures represented in the case log.
Q: What documentation is required for the Surgical Research Specialist (SRS)?
A: 12 cases minimum, two different procedures, unless the majority of cases are in rodents, in which case a total of 24 cases, four different procedures is required.
Q: I can't sit for the first year's exam; can I sit for the second year?
A: Yes, but you must contact the committee as soon as you know you won't be able to take the exam to receive a deferment. You may be asked to submit an updated log depending on the dates of your original cases, and you will need to submit an application the following year (no additional fee).
Q: I can't sit for the first year's exam or the second year exam; can I sit for the third year's exam?
A: Yes, but you must contact the committee as soon as you know you won't be able to take the exam to receive a deferment. You will then need to submit an updated two (2) year case log, two (2) updated narratives applicable to your exam, and your original application (no additional fee).
Q: Can I be excluded from taking the exam?
A: Yes, the committee will contact you with the reason.
Q: Will I be required to be a member in good standing with the Academy to maintain my certification(s)?
A: Yes, this will be an annual requirement.
Q: How many Continuing Education Credits (CEU) do I need to keep my certification?
A: Minimum of 15 CEUs per 24-month period.
Q: Is the Annual Meeting of the Academy of Surgical Research the only place I can earn CEUs?
A: No, relevant surgical lectures at other meetings is acceptable; speaking or presenting, conducting labs or participating in them, publishing papers or aiding in publishing papers or auto-tutorials are acceptable ways of earning CEUs.
Q: Who do I contact for questions pertaining to an exam?
A: Academy of Surgical Research
15490 101st Ave N #100
Maple Grove, MN 55369
(763) 235-6464


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