The Fundamentals of Laparoscopic Surgery (FLS TM ) was designed for surgical residents, fellows and practicing surgeons to learn and practice laparoscopic skills to have the opportunity to definitely measure and document those skills. The FLS Test measures cognitive knowledge, case/problem management skills and manual dexterity. The assessment includes two components, a computer-based assessment and a performance-based manual skills assessment. The FLS program content has been endorsed by the American College of Surgeons (ACS) and is a joint educational offering of Society of American Gastrointestinal and Endoscopic Surgeons (SAGES) and ACS. The FLS program has also been mandated by the American Board of Surgery (ABS) for all graduating surgical residents beginning in the 2009-2010 academic year. Those who successfully complete both the educational and assessment components will have demonstrated the basic knowledge, judgment and technical skills fundamental to the performance of laparoscopic surgery. The FLS program is also CME accredited. WV Simulation Training and Education for Patient Safety (WVSTEPS) http://www.hsc.wvu.edu/steps/ in conjunction with the WVU Department of Surgery, has been approved by SAGES as the first FLS Test Center in West Virginia. An FLS proctor is available by appointment. First time test takers and re-test takers must register on-line for the FLS exam. Please Click HERE for instructions on how to register for the exam.
For questions, please contact the SAGES office at 310-437-0544 ext.121.
To learn more about the FLS program please visit the FLS web site at http://www.flsprogram.org/
Linda Shaffer, C-TAGME
Department of Surgery
West Virginia University