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.

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 […]

ACS and SAGES Recommend FLS Certification for General Surgeons Who Perform Laparoscopy!

We’re very pleased to announce ACS and SAGES Recommend FLS Certification for General Surgeons Who Perform Laparoscopy.  See below for full press release and statement: ACS and SAGES Recommend FLS Certification for General Surgeons Who Perform Laparoscopy The only validated measure of surgeon’s knowledge and skills related to the most widely performed surgeries in the […]