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The Osler Institute has over thirty years of experience in preparing physicians for their board examinations. We can help you today.
A survey of Osler participants shows significantly higher pass rates for Osler students compared with those who did not take our course.
The difference in pass rates is difficult to explain away by self-selection in attendance over-representing those who would have passed without taking the Osler course.

“Osler gives … unfair advantage” said a Board Trustee. “He’s wrong and right,” reported an Osler participant who heard the trustee’s comment. “The course does give candidates an advantage – but it’s not unfair.” This student had failed his boards before taking the Osler course but told us that he passed easily after doing the course. “This time didn’t even feel like an exam. It was like having a discussion with a colleague.”

The Osler course can work for you too.  

Objectives Methods
Increase basic knowledge and clinical skills Home study questions with answers and review
 Prepare candidates for written and oral board exams  Seminar with Powerpoints and lecture-note syllabus
Provide practicing physicians with a review and update Practice exams for your written and oral boards
Surgery Recertification Review
November 17-20, 2016 Dallas
(Now offering SA Credits!)
Please select your registration type, hotel room requirements and syllabus needs.

Designation: The Osler Institute designates this live activity for a maximum of 40 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™.  Physicians should only claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

The Osler Recertification Review provides up to 40 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™  and   self-assessment credits toward Part 2 of the ABS MOC Program.

This course will be held at: Wyndham Dallas Suites Park Central 7800 Alphia Rd. Dallas, TX 75240

The General Surgery Recertification Review is a 4-day seminar consisting of didactic lectures with e-syllabus, case-based reviews and Q&A sessions designed to provide a review of clinical surgery for practicing surgeons (both general and specialized) preparing to recertify in General Surgery. The course will focus on what is necessary to pass the recertification exam as well as updating your general surgery knowledge base.

Topics: Thyroid **** Parathyroid **** Multiple Endocrine Neoplasia**** Adrenal **** Gastric Neoplasia **** Skin and Melanoma **** Appendix-Small Bowel- Spleen *** Sarcoma **** Nutrition, Acid-Base, Fluids and Electrolytes **** Anorectal and Colorectal Disorders**** Colorectal Neoplasia **** Gastric Bleeding **** Stomach and Duodenum **** Esophageal Surgery **** Biliary and Liver **** Pancreas and Portal Hypertension **** Mediastinum and Chest Wall **** Pulmonary Surgery **** Breast Surgery **** Abdominal Wall and Hernias **** Metabolic Surgery **** Minimally Invasive Surgery **** Pediatric Surgery **** Burn and Inhalation Injuries **** Blood Coagulation & Transfusions **** Genitourinary and Gynecologic Surgery **** Aortic Disease **** Carotid Disease **** Peripheral Artery Disease **** Venous Disorders **** Thoracic Trauma **** Abdominal Trauma **** Pelvic Trauma **** Surgical Critical Care Cases I **** Surgical Critical Care Cases II

The Osler Institute is going green and providing our attendees with the latest technology to assist in their review. Each registrant will receive upon arrival at the course, a USB drive with searchable PDF copies of the presentations offered during the review. A printed syllabus can be preordered for a small additional fee. 

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Surgery Recertification Home Study Audio Review
June 2015 edition


Learn on the go - with nearly 26 hours of material recorded at our live review courses.  The Osler Institute utilizes state of the art equipment to record each of our review courses. Then, based on participant feedback, compiles a set of lectures including the top ranked speakers for each of the topics covered. Each USB Drive includes the lectures in MP3 format - listen to on your phone, computer, or load onto your MP3 player
Included with each set is an electronic copy of the syllabus that corresponds with the audio lectures.

Sample Audio

Section # 1 - Transfusions and Coagulation Disorders by Ahmed Mahmoud *** Immunology and Transplantation by Ahmed Mahmoud *** Cardiac Surgery Adult and Pediatric by Ahmed Mahmoud *** GU Surgery by Ahmed Mahmoud *** GYN Surgery by Ahmed Mahmoud *** Abdominal Wall and Hernias by Ahmed Mahmoud *** Metabolic and Minimally Invasive Surgery by Ahmed Mahmoud *** Amputations Ortho and Hand by Ahmed Mahmoud *** Mediastinum by Ahmed Mahmoud *** Pulmonary Surgery by Ahmed Mahmoud

Section # 2 - Pediatric Surgery by Marc Lessin *** Thyroid Surgery by James Recabaren *** Parathyroid Surgery by James Recabaren *** Adrenal Surgery by James Recabaren *** Multiple Endocrine Neoplasia by James Recabaren *** Head and Neck Surgery by James Recabaren *** Small Bowel Appendix and Spleen by James Recabaren *** Sarcomas by James Recabaren *** Melanomas by James Recabaren *** Breast Surgery by James Recabaren

Section # 3 - Gastric Neoplasia by James Recabaren *** Stomach and Duodenum by Nikolai Bildzukewicz *** Hepatic and Biliary Systems by Nikolai Bildzukewicz *** Pancreatic surgery and Portal Hypertension by Nikolai Bildzukewicz *** Anorectal and Colorectal by Nikolai Bildzukewicz *** VS Aortic Diseases by Paul Lajos *** VS Carotid Diseases by Paul Lajos *** VS Peripheral Artery Disease by Paul Lajos *** Venous Diseases by Paul Lajos *** Colonic Neoplasia by Nikolai Bildzukewicz *** Esophageal Surgery by Nikolai Bildzukewicz

Section # 4 - Head and Neck Trauma by Gregory York *** Thoracic Trauma by Gregory York *** Abdominal Trauma by Gregory York *** Pelvic Trauma by Gregory York *** Burn and Inhalation Injuries by Gregory York *** Shock and MOF by Gregory York *** Ebola Facts by Gregory York *** Nutrition Acid-base and Fluids by Gregory York *** Perioperative  Care Complications and Infections by Gregory York *** Cardiac and Pulmonary Critical Careby Gregory York *** Questions and Answers by Gregory York

General Surgery Board Review

GSBR.jpg Now in its thoroughly updated Fourth Edition, General Surgery Board Review is indispensable for surgical residents and general surgeons preparing for the American Board of Surgery’s certification and recertification examinations. This study guide maintains the core features that have made it one of the most popular board review books in the field, including questions and answers after each chapter and succinct but detailed reviews of all topic areas found on the ABSITE and certification exam.  There’s a new chapter on bariatric surgery and minimally invasive procedures.

  • Over 100 sample questions and answers are included to facilitate review and increase understanding
  • All chapters have been rewritten; new chapters on Minimally Invasive Surgery and Bariatric Surgery
  • In response to changes in the ABSITE exam, this study guide has been clinically refocused and new questions cover the most recent developments in surgical science and practice
  • Provides a current, concise, methodical review of all areas covered in the exams--both general surgery and all surgical subspecialties
Table Of Contents
Introduction  ***  1: Diseases of the Esophagus  ***  2: Diseases of the Stomach and Duodenum  ***  3: Diseases of the Small Intestine  ***  4: Diseases of the Colon, Rectum  ***  5: Hepatobiliary Surgery  ***  6: Surgical Diseases of the Pancreas   ***  7: Peripheral Arterial Disease  ***  8: Venous and Lymphatic Disease  ***  9: Diseases of the Breast  ***  10: Principles of Surgical Oncology  ***  11: Melanoma, Sarcoma, Lymphoma  ***  12: Gynecologic Disorders  ***  13: Pediatric Surgery   ***  14: Trauma  ***  15: Transplantation  ***  16: Thyroid and Parathyroid Disease  ***  17: Adrenal Surgery  ***  18: Head and Neck Surgery  ***  19: Thoracic Surgery  ***  20: Management of Burns  ***  21: Surgical Critical Care  ***  22: Neurosurgery for the General Surgeon  ***  23: Orthopedic Surgery  ***  24: Selected Principles of Plastic and Hand Surgery  ***  25: Urologic Surgery  ***  26: Surgical Nutrition  ***  27: Principles of Laparoscopy  ***  28: Bariatric Surgery  ***  29: Principles of Anesthesia for the General Surgeon  ***  30: Surgical Infections and Principles of Antibiotic Use

About the Author(s)
Larry A. Scher MD, FACS
Albert Einstein College of Medicine/Montefiore Medical Center, Bronx, NY

Gerard Weinberg MD, FACS, FAAP
Albert Einstein College of Medicine/Montefiore Medical Center, Bronx, NY
General Surgery ABSITE and Board Review: Pearls of Wisdom, Fourth Edition

GSPW A quick-hit, question-and-answer review for the American Board of Surgery In-Training Exam

General Surgery ABSITE and Board Review is your most effective weapon in preparing for the ABSITE (American Board of Surgery In-Training Exam) and the general surgery board exams. It is a quick, active-recall review of the most important information you need, with over 3000 rapid-fire questions and numerous performance-improving pearls. Like “flashcards in a book,” the rapid-fire Q&A format facilitates study alone or with a partner. Only correct answers are given to prevent you from memorizing the wrong answer. The fourth edition includes more most/least likely questions, a common question format on the boards, and updated art. A series redesign makes the book easier to read and more pleasing to the eye.
This rapid, effective review ensures your best possible performance in the shortest possible study time. There is no easier or faster way to guarantee that you perform your best on these exams!
  • Bull's Eye Hits on ABSITE and general surgery board exam topics--the meaningful and the frequently tested
  • Tools to Imprint Your Memory--pearls, drills, mnemonics, visual imagery, even humor, and other tested learning aids
  • Fast Results--from rapid-fire, to-the-point Q&As that quickly embed the facts you need to know and enhance quick recall
  • No Confusing Wrong Answers to clutter your memory
Table of contents
Introduction  ***  1. Abdomen Pearls: Liver, Gallbladder, Pancreas, and Spleen  ***  2. Esophagus, Stomach, Duodenum, and GI Physiology Pearls  ***  3. Small Intestine, Colon, Rectum, and Anus Pearls  ***  4. Appendix, Abdominal Wall, and Retroperitoneal Pearls  ***  5. Surgical Critical Care Pearls: Shock, Electrolytes, Nutrition, and Wound Care  ***  6. Trauma and Burn Pearls  ***  7. Surgical Infection and Complication Pearls  ***  8. Surgical Endocrinology Pearls  ***  9. Breast Pearls  ***  10. Skin, Soft-Tissue, and Miscellaneous General Surgical Pearls  ***  11. Vascular Surgery Pearls  ***  12. Thoracic and Cardiac Surgery Pearls  ***  13. Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery Pearls  ***  14. Orthopedic and Hand Surgery Pearls  ***  15. Pediatric Surgery Pearls  ***  16. Genitourinary and Gynecology Pearls  ***  17. Head, Neck, and ENT Pearls  ***  18. Neurosurgery Pearls  ***  19. Anesthesia Pearls  ***  20. Medical Oncology, Hematology, and Coagulation Pearls  ***  21. Immunology and Transplantation Pearls  ***  References and Suggested Text Readings for General Surgeons

Author comments
Matthew Blecha, MD, is Associate Director of Surgical Education in the Department of Surgery at St. Joseph Hospital in Chicago. He graduated from Jefferson Medical College in Philadelphia, PA, in 2001 and completed his general surgery residency at St. Joseph Hospital in Chicago, IL in 2006. He scored in the 90th percentile or higher on his ABSITE exams.
Safe Answers

SafeAnswers This is a 351 pages comprehensive review textbook covering the most commonly asked questions on the ABS certifying and recertifying exam with detailed, step by step discussion of their best and safest answers.

Safe Answers is a unique review text designed to help surgeons and surgical residents to prepare for the American Board of Surgery exams. 

It is organized in a systematic, clear and accurate fashion.

It takes the reader step by step through the safest answers for the purpose of the Board exam.

It took the Author originally three years of research and numerous interviews with board examinees and an extensive review of the most recent and solid literature.

Ever since it was first published in 1994, Safe Answers has been the most widely used reference by surgeons to prepare for their certifying and recertifying board exam.

The 2014 Edition 351  pages is all new and most relevant to 2016 Exams

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Lodging charges are not included in the registration fee. If not staying under the Osler room block at the course hotel there is a per day charge to cover the cost of the meeting space, food and beverage package plus associated fees and taxes; costs may vary by location. Said costs are all included in the Osler room block rate along with applicable room taxes.

Cancellation Policy: Subject to a $100 fee, refunds will be made for cancellations received at least 14 days before the course begins.

The Osler Institute is going green and providing our attendees with the latest technology to assist in their review. Each registrant will receive upon arrival at the course, a USB drive with searchable PDF copies of the presentations offered during the review. In addition a printed syllabus is available for a small additional fee.

“…well worth it. I'll be back”*

“The faculty was outstanding. The most pleasant thing was learning a tremendous amount”*

*Comments by Osler participants