New FLS International Test Centers!

Congratulations to the following International locations on becoming official FLS Test Centers! American University of Beirut Medical Center, Lebanon Johnson & Johnson Institution Beijin, Chayoang District, China College of Physicians & Surgeons – Pakistan, Karachi-Lahore-Islamabad, Sindh-Punjab-Federal Capital, Pakistan For a complete list and map of our FLS Test Centers and step-by-step instructions on how to […]

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 Pricing for Residency Programs

New Pricing for Residency programs in the US and Canada! Please note US Residents must provide ACGME or AOA Program Accreditation Code when submitting an order form. Please click here for more information. If you have any questions please don’t hesitate to contact our department, (310) 437-0544 ext. 137

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 […]

International FLS

SAGES is now accepting FLS Test Center applications from qualifying programs outside the U.S. and Canada!  All applicants MUST review and agree to the FLS International Test Center Standards and Criteria prior to submitting an application.  Please click here for more information, including links to the FLS International Test Center Standards and Criteria, application, and […]

Fundamentals of Laparoscopic Surgery (FLS) and Important Funding Changes

Moving forward, due to the expiration of the Coviden grant, all costs of FLS must now be covered by those purchasing the materials and test vouchers in order that this be a sustainable program. Prices can be discounted  by purchasing Educational Packages for groups of three, and having the purchase made by a member of […]

FLS is featured in a TED talk by Steven Schwaitzberg

Steven Schwaitzberg, MD and Past President of SAGES gave a TED talk recently about the need for a universal translator to help train surgeons for the FLS test.  Worth watching.

Study on FLS usefulness for practicing surgeons

Exam Verifies Laparoscopic Competency for Practicing Surgeons Research suggests FLS should be mandatory for residents and practicing surgeons alike.  Read this report from General Surgery News.