And review books to boot!

ABSITE review books for surgery residents

Here’s a list of ABSITE review books and resources for surgery residents. Below I’ve included additional ABSITE information.

ABSITE REVIEW BOOKS – You may click on the links to read reviews.

The ABSITE Review by Steven M Fiser
The Practice ABSITE Question Book by Steven M. Fiser
The Comprehensive ABSITE Review (Fiser, Comprehensive ABSITE Review) by  Steven M Fiser
The Senior ABSITE Review by Steven M Fiser
The Johns Hopkins ABSITE Review Manual (American Board of Surgery In-Training Examination)
First Aid for the® ABSITE (FIRST AID Specialty Boards)
General Surgery ABSITE and Board Review, Fourth Edition: Pearls of Wisdom
General Surgery Review (For The Written Boards And Absite)
Absite Review, Simplified
Review of Surgery: Basic Science and Clinical Topics for ABSITE
Clinical Review of Surgery – ABSITE Edition
Pass the ABSITE!

The official website for the ABSITE is

What is the ABSITE?

“The American Board of Surgery offers annually to general surgery residency programs the In-Training Examination (ABSITE), a written, multiple-choice examination designed to measure the progress attained by residents in their knowledge of basic science and the management of clinical problems related to general surgery. The ABSITE is furnished to program directors as an evaluation instrument to assess residents’ progress. The results are released only to program directors. It is not available to individual residents and is not required as part of the certification process.” –

Examination Questions

“Since 2006 the ABS has offered the ABSITE as a junior level (PG-1 and -2) and senior level (PG-3 to -5) examination. Both the junior- and senior-level versions consist of 225 multiple-choice questions; examinees are given five hours to take the exam. For the junior-level exam, 60% of the examination focuses on basic science, while 40% centers on the management of clinical surgical problems. In the senior-level exam, 20% of the exam focuses on basic science and 80% on clinical management. The relative emphasis on clinical content categories in the two examinations is shown in the following table.” –

Examination Content

Content Category Junior Level Senior Level
Body as a Whole 66.6% 25%
Gastrointestinal Tract 10.0% 25%
CV/Respiratory 7.8% 16.7%
GU, Head and Neck, Skin, Musculoskeletal, CNS 7.8% 16.7%
Endocrine, Spleen, Lymphoma, Breast 7.8% 16.7%



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