NEW FLS Testing Solutions are Now Available from SAGES!

The current pandemic situation has resulted in a lack of testing availability at our current FLS Test Centers. While we continue to work with our existing test centers to open as many testing slots as possible to both internal and external test takers, we know getting back to pre-COVID availability will take some time. To […]

FUNDAMENTALS TESTING AT TEST CENTERS STARTS BACK UP JUNE 1

To all FLS, FES and FUSE Test Center Champions and Proctors, Starting June 1st, SAGES will allow all test centers to resume fundamentals testing. Test centers that are ready to offer testing must be able to accommodate both internal and external test candidates. Test centers will be allowed to remain closed beyond June 1st at […]

UPDATED APRIL 29, 2020: COVID-19 UPDATE: FLS, FES AND FUSE TEST TAKERS

Updated April 29, 2020:  SAGES has made the decision to extend FLS, FES, and FUSE Test Center closures through May 31st, 2020. All exams scheduled during this time have been cancelled. Some test centers have already chosen to remain closed beyond May 31st. A list of those centers can be found at FLS/FES/FUSE Test Center Closings Rescheduling Test takers are […]

COVID-19 UPDATE: FLS, FES and FUSE Test Takers

SAGES has made the decision to temporarily close all FLS, FES and FUSE test centers amid growing concerns over COVID-19. This decision was made after thoughtful discussion with the American Board of Surgery (ABS) and American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology (ABOG). The closure will be effective starting Friday, March 27 and continue through Thursday, […]

FLS Trainer Box Announcement

Recently, VTI Medical sent out an email blast announcing a repair service for laparoscopic trainer boxes. Although the images in this email may look familiar to those of you who have been involved with FLS,  SAGES is no longer associated with VTI Medical for FLS testing. Therefore, if you have an older trainer box in […]

SAGES-ACS Fundamentals of Laparoscopic Surgery™ (FLS) announces new supplier for the FLS Trainer Box and Accessories

SAGES-ACS Fundamentals of Laparoscopic Surgery™ (FLS) announces new supplier for the FLS Trainer Box and Accessories. The committee overseeing the FLS Program, a joint educational program of the Society of American Gastrointestinal and Endoscopic Surgeons (SAGES) and The American College of Surgeons (ACS) will be granting exclusive rights for the manufacture and sale of the […]

FLS Opens International Test Centers, Issues 10,000th Certification

The SAGES/ACS Fundamentals of Laparoscopic Surgery (FLS) Program is celebrating two major milestones in 2015 with the opening of International FLS Test Centers in France and Saudi Arabia and having issued a landmark 10,000 FLS certifications. These remarkable achievements follow on the heels of the FLS program’s 10-year anniversary last October. Expanding FLS training and certification […]

New Retest Policy for FLS

Effective March 1, 2014, any test-taker wishing to retake one or both parts of the FLS exam that they did not complete successfully must do so within 18 months of their original exam date in order to be eligible for a retest voucher. Any test-taker wishing to retest more than 18 months from their original […]

FLS Public Registry is now live!

FLS now publishes a listing of those who have successfully completed the FLS exam.   Each person passing the FLS exam has the choice to be listed on the Registry or to remain unlisted.  The FLS Registry will list the test taker’s name, year of FLS completion, and, National Provider Identification number if available.  The […]

Key Policy Change for FLS

The Fundamentals of Laparoscopic Surgery (FLS) Program is an educational module and assessment tool to evaluate the fundamental knowledge, clinical judgment and technical skills required in the performance of basic laparoscopy.  Over 5,000 certificates have been issued for successful completion since 2004. FLS is now widely utilized to better ensure surgeons possess relevant laparoscopic knowledge […]