*** Initial Signup 2020-2021. *** Odyssey Certifying (Oral) Board Preparation:
*** Historical note: As of 21 April 2020, the ABS had cancelled the April and June exams in Philadelphia, affecting a total of about 500 candidates. As of Friday, 1 May, the ABS offered a lottery for two pilot studies of Video Teleconferencing exams of 24 and 50 candidates. The exam dates for the academic year 2020-2021 were listed in-person in Philadelphia, (but the location had to remain adaptable in light of the coronavirus pandemic.) The cancellation of the written exam by the ABS in July 2020 due to errors in the ABS's examination platform has further complicated how the oral exam will be conducted in the 2020-2021 exam period.***
*** As of 30 July 2020, the ABS had moved at least some of the exams in the 2020-2021 academic year to a Video Teleconference format. Given the ongoing increase in covid-19 across the US, I believe it is unlikely that exam will be in person through summer of 2021. ***
*** As of 19 August 2020, the ABS has released dates for exams in the 2020-2021 academic year (normally released in early June each year) but was not allowing candidates to sign up for exams. Remember, the only candidates eligible for the exams are approximately 200 who failed in 2019-2020 in-person exam periods, or the 500 who were cancelled from the April and June 2020 periods. The failure of the ABS to conduct the written exam in July 2020 left another 1,300 surgeons waiting without a working exam solution or exam date, and also unable to move forward with the oral exam. ***
*** ~ 1September 2020, the ABS indicated it would allow candidates to sign up for oral exams in the 2020-2021 academic year (normally released in early June each year.) Candidates who tried to take the written exam in July 2020 (which the ABS cancelled due its failed testing platform) are being allowed to take the Certifying Exam first and take the written exam in April 2021 in a testing center. (Yet the evidence as of November 2020 is that Covid would be even more rampant in the winter of 2021 than when it first appeared in Spring 2020.) And clearly the third surge appeared, peaking in January 2021. As of 5 March 2021, infections and deaths have leveled off after an initial drop from the January high. ***
***I will dynamically update this page with new course dates and new formats.***
Please choose your course and fill in your contact information. Dr. Argy will respond by phone and/or email. You will be able to submit tuition after you have the chance to speak with him to answer any questions. Your information is kept strictly confidential.
(Updated 5 March 2021.)
When are you scheduled to take, or anticipate taking, your oral exam?
General surgery dates are listed first, subspecialty dates then follow.
8-10 June 2021 ABS General Surgery
May 2021 Cardiothoracic
17 April 2020 (DO surgery)
8-10 March 2021 ABS General Surgery
November 2021 Plastic
October 2021 DO General Surgery (uncertain date)
Not sure, probably 2021 General Surgery
Not sure, probably 2021 surgical specialty
Not sure, probably 2022 General Surgery
Not sure, probably 2022 surgical specialty
For which surgical specialty are you preparing?
Choose your Odyssey course(s.) If you have any questions, call Dr. Argy, 508-990-0300, 24/7. (Course options and features are also described on the website.)
Odyssey GROUP COURSES have all been upgraded to an INTENSIVE WORK GROUP format, and ALL ARE VIA VIDEO TELECONFERENCE, with lower cost, greater safety and convenience, while still offering superb, live instruction.) OTHER OPTIONS include: *** PRIVATE TUTORIAL (one-on-one) *** SHARED TUTORIAL (with up to 5 colleagues that you choose, by Video Teleconference, at a lower cost per person than Private Tutorial) *** CRESCENDO (ongoing hourly prep via Video Teleconference) *** AUDIT*** (observing an intensive work group course without having practice scenarios yourself, with the option of adding practice scenarios separately from the course.)
3 Day INTENSIVE WORK GROUP (Fri-Sat-Sun, as Video Teleconference, 9 or fewer candidates, 8 practice scenarios, PLUS 11 hr Content Review, $2,950 includes $500 timely payment discount)
**3 Day AUDIT of 3 Day Intensive Work Group (Video Teleconference, Fri-Sun, no practice scenarios included. Only after Tutorial or Group Course.)
**2 Day AUDIT of 3 Day Intensive Work Group (Video Teleconference, Fri-Sat, no practice scenarios included. Only after Tutorial or Group Course.)
PRIVATE TUTORIAL (one-on-one, 7 hours, in person or by Video Teleconference, 7 hrs, arranged at your convenience, $3,200 includes $500 timely payment discount)
SHARED TUTORIAL (2-5 candidates, 7 hrs, at lower cost per person than Private Tutorial, arranged at your convenience, as low as $1,800 per person including $500 timely payment discount)
CRESCENDO (via Video Teleconference, weekly 2-4 hrs, arranged at your convenience, based on Tutorial pricing with timely payment discount)
REFRESHER (Sat and/or Sun before the exam via Video Teleconference, not offered in all exam periods, will be announced)
EXTRA Practice Scenarios, for Audit candidates, arranged separately with Dr. Argy
** Technical aspects in progress...
Choose the dates for your General Surgery Group Course, Private Tutorial or Shared Tutorial: (dates for 2021-2022 academic year to be determined)
Summary: 3 DAY INTENSIVE WORK GROUP (IWG) COURSE VIA VIDEO TELECONFERENCE (Fri-Sat-Sun, 9 or fewer candidates, at least 8 practice scenarios, $2,950 including discount ) *** 3 DAY AUDIT of Intensive Work Group (IWG) Course (Fri-Sat-Sun Video Teleconference, optional practice scenarios, $1,450 including discount) *** *** 2 DAY AUDIT of Intensive Work Group (IWG) Course (Fri-Sat Video Teleconference, optional practice scenarios, $1,300 including discount) *** TImely payment discount applies to initial signup only, and expires 14 days from date of signup. ***. PRIVATE TUTORIAL: You can enter your preferences for Tutorial dates in the "Other" field.
3 Day Intensive Work Group, 14, 15, 16 May 2021 via VIDEO TELECONFERENCE, (Fri-Sat-Sun)
3 Day AUDIT of Intensive Work Group, 14, 15, 16 May 2021 via VIDEO TELECONFERENCE, (Fri-Sat-Sun)
2 Day AUDIT of Intensive Work Group, 14-15 May 2021 via VIDEO TELECONFERENCE, (Fri-Sat)
** ** Private Tutorial dates can be added in the "Other" field below
** ** Shared Tutorial dates can be added in the "Other" field below
** ** Crescendo dates can be added in the "Other" field below
** ** EXTRA Practice Scenarios, for Audit candidates, arranged separately with Dr. Argy, can be added in the "Other" field below
Attending (P), private practice
Attending (A), academic practice
Attending (M), mix of private and academic
PGY 5 Resident
PGY 4 Resident
Work phone number:
Mobile phone number:
Email address: (an email account you check frequently)
Secondary email address (suggested, or type "none")
How many times have you taken the General Surgery oral board exam?
"0" (zero) means you haven't taken the exam before.
How many times have you taken your specialty (CT, CR, Vascular, Plastic) oral board exam?
"0" (zero) means you haven't taken the specialty exam before.
How did you hear about Odyssey?
Word of mouth
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