Revalidation of Surgeons in Practice

  • Ajit K. SachdevaEmail author
Part of the Innovation and Change in Professional Education book series (ICPE, volume 17)


Revalidation of surgeons in practice continues to evolve rapidly. Articulating the overall aim of revalidation as adherence to safe standards of practice, this chapter explores common goals and nuanced differences in approaches to revalidation in various countries. The different approaches are a result of disparate regulatory systems and roles of professional organizations. After describing contemporary factors affecting revalidation as an important professional consideration, its relationship to continuing professional development is explored. The author describes two types of revalidation: “Global” and “Focused.” The latter relates to changes in the practices of individual surgeons and is illustrated through three case studies. Finally, strategies to support revalidation efforts are proposed.


Revalidation Maintenance of certification Professional practice Regulatory body Medical board Continuing professional development Patient safety Practice-based learning and improvement Quality Recertification Reentry Focused Professional Practice Evaluations Ongoing Professional Practice Evaluations Quality framework CanMEDS Continuing medical education 



The opinions expressed in this chapter are those of the author and do not necessarily represent the official position of the American College of Surgeons.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Division of EducationAmerican College of SurgeonsChicagoUSA

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