Why Take the FES Test?

Individual Surgeons

We believe FES will set the standard for endoscopic surgery. Surgeons are increasingly required to document their competency. FES offers surgeons the opportunity to assess and document their own knowledge and skills before they are required to.

FES is useful in assessing whether or not a practicing surgeon possesses the basic knowledge and skills fundamental to the performance of gastrointestinal endoscopic surgery.

Many surgeons who were already in practice during the advent of the endoscopic revolution learned basic information and skills that were still a “work in progress”.

Surgical Residency Program Directors

FES provides objective evidence to residency programs that an individual has gained the basic knowledge and skills fundamental to the performance of endoscopic surgery before the trainee completes their program.

There are a variety of easy ways to provide FES to all residents that are headed to general surgery:

  • The FES Consortium Educational Fund, made possible by generous gifts from Olympus Corporation of the Americas, and Boston Scientific Inc., provides access to the FES curriculum and test vouchers at a discount to qualified surgical residency programs and fellowships in North America. For more information visit the FES Consortium Educational Fund page.
  • Individual residents may buy an Individual Package, study at home and then take the test at a Test Center, SAGES Annual Meeting, ACS Clinical Congress or specially designated FES testing event.
  • Your Program can purchase an education package (Group Package A or Group Package B) that includes the online study guide and the option for group testing at a regional Test Center, SAGES Annual Meeting, ACS Clinical Congress or specially designated FES testing event.

Department of Surgery

FES testing for your full-time surgical faculty or attending staff can provide a validated means for documentation of basic endoscopic skills, and may offer benefits as a reference point in discussions with patients, contractual partners, and credentialing bodies.  A variety of packages are available for one surgeon or for many, depending on departmental needs.