The Association of Program Directors in Surgery was founded in 1977 to provide a forum for the exchange of information and for discussion on a wide range of subjects related to post-graduate surgical education.


APDS President Announces New APDS Website

In September, 2019 APDS undertook an extensive redesign, rebuild and expansion of its website. Today, the new APDS website has been launched--see it at!

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COVID-19 Resources for Program Directors

The current pandemic poses significant challenges for program directors as they continue to educate surgery residents and ensure their safety in the workplace. In response, the APDS has compiled some useful resources and links for program directors and education staff. This portion of the site will be updated as further information is available.

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APDS Video Highlights More Education on Demand

Papers & Poster Sessions
Close to 100 seven minute oral presentations with accompanying Power Points

APDS Panel Session III: Alphabet Soup
Moderator: Benjamin Jarman, MD, FACS, President-Elect APDS, Gundersen Lutheran Medical Foundation, LaCrosse, WI

APDS Presidential Address
David Harrington, MD, President APDS, Brown University/Rhode Island Hospital, Providence, RI
Review of the Unwritten Jobs of the Program Director

Announced last week - the 2020 #PediatricSurgery QE, #VascularSurgery QE, #ComplexGeneralSurgicalOncology QE & #SurgicalCriticalCare CE have been postponed. Emails were sent to affected candidates on Friday -

Our very own President, @BenjaminJarman2 with the PD perspective on @BehindTheKnife podcast, "What Happened - American Board of Surgery 2020 Qualifying Exam Failure"- available today via
#medtwitter @gundersenhealth @AmBdSurg

If you were a candidate affected by the 2020 #VirtualQE, please join us this evening at 6 pm ET for our second Town Hall, where ABS President & CEO @BuyskeJ will continue to answer questions that we have received regarding the exam.

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APDS/ASE/ARAS Annual Meeting

2021 Surgical Education Week

Westin Copley Place, Boston, MA

April 27 – May 1, 2021

April 27-29 (APD) April 29-May 1 (ASE)

Call for Abstracts: Open on September 1, 2020
Registration: Open early January, 2021