FLS - Fundamentals of Laparoscopic Surgery

The Definitive Laparoscopic Skills Enhancement and Assessment Tool

Master, Certify, Distinguish

  • Validate Your  Laparoscopic Skills  with the FLS  Certification

Society of American Gastrointestinal and Endoscopic Surgeons

Over 7000 Members


GLAP - Global Laparoscopic Advancement Program


Program Objectives

  • Advanced participants’ laparoscopic knowledge and technical skills in a safe-learning environment.
  • Provide guidance from international expert laparoscopic surgeon.
  • Refine participants’ laparoscopic skills through guided tips and tricks.
  • Review the FLS curriculum and prepare for FLS testing.
Proctored FLS Testing
  • Timed, 80-question, multiple-choice exam administered online.
  • Designed to test the understanding and application of the basic fundamentals of laparoscopy with emphasis on clinical judgment or intraoperative decision making.
  • Evaluates laparoscopic skills based on efficiency (speed) and precision (accuracy) of the surgeon’s maneuvers.
  • Tests 5 non-procedure specific simulation tasks incorporating most of the psychomotor skills necessary for basic laparoscopic surgery.
  1. FLS Knowledge-Based Curriculum: 13 online modules
  2. FLS Testing: Two-part (written and skills) FLS exam to measure your cognitive and technical skills.

FLS establishes a standard set of didactic information and manual skills serving as a basic curriculum to guide surgical trainees and practicing surgeons in the performance of basic laparoscopic surgery.

  • Master the curriculum and skills in this inanimate modality
  • Perform laparoscopy more effectively, with greater skill and safety, and with lower complication rates.
  • Improve the quality and safety of surgical care delivered to their patients.
  • FLS is an universal certification for all surgical specialties that utilize a laparoscope (i.e. general surgery, gynecology, pediatric surgery, urology)
  • FLS is eligible for participants of the COSECSA conference, at any level of training or practice (i.e. trainees at membership or fellowship level, junior or senior consultant surgeons)
  • FLS is a rigorous exam requiring thorough preparation to achieve success
  • Test takers must careful review the 13 online modules
  • SAGES will hold 2 virtual coaching sessions in November to review sample multiple-choice questions and demonstrate best technique for each skills

Examination Centers

Tikur Anbesa Specialized Hospital is the largest and oldest public hospital in Ethiopia. It serves as a teaching hospital for the College of Health Sciences at Addis Ababa University and operates under the Ethiopian Federal Ministry of Health. The hospital offers a wide range of medical services and is known for its expertise in various specialties, including cardiology, oncology, neurology, orthopedics, and pediatrics, among others.

The hospital plays a significant role in providing healthcare services to the local population and also serves as a referral center for patients from other regions of Ethiopia. It has a large number of beds and is equipped with modern medical facilities and advanced diagnostic and treatment technologies.

Tikur Anbesa Specialized Hospital has a dedicated team of medical professionals, including doctors, nurses, and support staff, who work together to deliver quality healthcare services to patients. The hospital aims to provide comprehensive medical care, promote medical education and research, and contribute to the overall improvement of healthcare in Ethiopia.

Alert specialized Comprehensive Hospital is a medical facility on the edge of Addis Ababa, specializing in Hansen’s disease, also known as “leprosy”. It was originally the All Africa Leprosy Rehabilitation and Training Center (hence the acronym), but the official name is now expanded to include tuberculosis : All Africa Leprosy, Tuberculosis and Rehabilitation Training Centre.

ALERT’s activities focus on its hospital, rehabilitation of leprosy patients, training programs for leprosy personnel from around the world, and leprosy control (administration of the Ethiopian Ministry of Health’s regional leprosy control program). From the beginning, ALERT provided leprosy training for medical students from Addis Ababa University. Also at ALERT is the Armauer Hansen Research Institute, founded in 1970, specializing in leprosy research. There is currently a 240-bed teaching hospital, which includes Dermatology, Ophthalmology, and Surgery departments, also an Orthopedic workshop, and a rehabilitation program.

CURE Children’s Hospital of Ethiopia was established in 2008. CURE Ethiopia performs over 3,000 life-changing reconstructive and orthopedic surgeries every year for children suffering from treatable disabilities. Strategically located in the capital city of Addis Ababa, the teaching hospital has 70 beds and four operating rooms. CURE International uses this facility to multiply its efforts by partnering with The College of Surgeons of East, Central, and Southern Africa (COSECSA) to serve as a regional learning institution by implementing an orthopedic pediatric training program at the residency and fellowship levels. In addition to world-class clinical service, CURE Ethiopia ministers to the emotional and spiritual needs of patients and their communities.