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Fundamental Use of Surgical Energy Test Taker FAQs

What is FUSE?

The Fundamental Use of Surgical Energy (FUSE) program is designed to determine whether a successful candidate has the knowledge fundamental to the safe use of surgical energy-based devices in the operating room, endoscopy suite and other procedural areas. The FUSE program covers the following areas:

–          Fundamentals of Electrosurgery

–          Mechanisms and Prevention of Adverse Events

–          Monopolar Devices

–          Bipolar Devices

–          Radiofrequency for Soft Tissue Ablation

–          Endoscopic Devices

–          Ultrasonic Energy Devices

–          Microwave Energy Systems

–          Energy Devices in Pediatric Surgery

–          Integration of Energy Systems with Implants

–          Cardiac Devices

–          Prevention of OR Fires

Who developed the FUSE program?

The FUSE Task Force, consisting of members of the Society of American Gastrointestinal and Endoscopic Surgeons (SAGES), is responsible for the development the FUSE program. The Task Force also has representative members from AAGL, AORN and the AUA.

What does the FUSE program encompass?

The FUSE program consists of an online educational teaching module and a multiple-choice exam. There is also a text book which has been written by members of the FUSE Task Force and is available for purchase from Springer and various other online outlets.

What is the FUSE Assessment?

The assessment component is a multiple-choice exam administered via computer documenting cognitive knowledge, and takes 60-90 minutes to complete. The assessment must be given in the presence of an approved FUSE exam proctor.

If I participated in the FUSE beta exam, will I have to take the test again for certification?

Results from the FUSE Beta Test were distributed in September 2014. If you correctly answered enough of the final questions, a FUSE certificate was mailed to the address provided when you completed the beta test form.

If you did not pass an appropriate number of final questions we sent you a complimentary test voucher to take the exam at an official FUSE test center.

If your contact information has changed, please contact us at (310) 437-0544 ext. 149 or info@fuseprogram.org.