ABMS Visiting Scholars Program

Program Information

Background and Purpose

The American Board of Medical Specialties (ABMS) Visiting Scholars Program is a one-year, part-time program that is intended to provide exposure to the fields of professional assessment and education, quality improvement (QI), and regulatory policy while promoting research and scholarship in areas related to Board Certification and Maintenance of Certification (MOC)/Continuing Certification (CC) that are important to the ABMS Member Boards Community.

Scholar Benefits

  • Scholars receive support from ABMS leadership to enhance their research projects related to Board Certification and MOC/CC
  • Scholars receive a unique education about current ABMS issues and initiatives through interactive monthly videoconferences and in-person meetings with health care and Member Board Community leaders
  • Scholars receive an introduction to the ABMS Member Boards Community through in-person participation in committee meetings, conferences and forums, and discussions with leadership
  • Scholars are linked to appropriate contacts within ABMS and the Member Boards Community who will assist with the spread and scale of the scholars’ research projects
  • Scholars will have ongoing engagement with the ABMS Member Boards Community through an alumni network

Who Should Apply?

The program is open to early career physicians; junior faculty including assistant professors, instructors, fellows, and residents; and individuals holding advanced degrees in public health, health services research, and other relevant disciplines.

Applicants should have a project that is ongoing or ready to begin and a designated institutional mentor to help guide their work. The project may build on existing research at the scholar’s institution.


Download the Visiting Scholars brochure and summary to learn more about the program.

More About Board Certification and MOC/CC

Learn more about the ABMS Program for Maintenance of Certification (ABMS MOC®).

Become an ABMS Visiting Scholar

Application Process

The application period for the 2017-2018 Visiting Scholars Program has closed. Scholars who are selected will be notified in July 2017 and publicly announced in September 2017.

Look for the 2018-2019 application period to open in early 2018.

Current Class

Regan Bergmark, MD, ABMS Visiting ScholarRegan Bergmark, MD, Gliklich Healthcare Innovation Scholar, Harvard Medical School, Massachusetts Eye and Ear

Project: Standardized Health Outcomes Measures: Utilization by Specialty

Johnathon Bernard, MD, ABMS Visiting ScholarJohnathan Bernard, MD, MPH, (ABMS/ABOS Visiting Scholar), Attending, Sports Medicine and Shoulder Surgery, National Sports Medicine Institute, Johns Hopkins Medical Institutions

Project: The Role of Orthopaedic Surgery Milestones in Assessing Competency of Technical and Arthroscopic Skill of Residents; Development of a Cadaveric Surgical Model on Meniscal Injuries using Arthroscopic Video and Surgeon Point of View Recording

Martin Casey, MD, ABMS Visiting ScholarMartin Casey, MD, MPH, Resident, Icahn School of Medicine, Mount Sinai Hospital, Elmhurst Hospital

Project: Variation in Charges and Revisit Rates for Emergency Department Asthma Visits

Souvik Chatterjee, MD, ABMS Visiting ScholarSouvik Chatterjee, MD, Pulmonary Critical Care Fellow, National Institutes of Health, Johns Hopkins University

Project: The Human Dx Project: An Objective Assessment of Diagnostic Reasoning

Brian Garibaldi, MD, ABMS Visiting ScholarBrian Garibaldi, MD, Associate Program Director, Osler Medical Residency Program, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine

Project: A New Bedside Tool to Assess the Physician Exam skills of Practicing Physicians

Shannon Martin, MD, ABMS Visiting ScholarShannon Martin, MD, MS, Assistant Professor of Medicine, The University of Chicago

Project: Understanding Associations of Maintenance of Certification on Resource Utilization and Physician-Reported Knowledge and Experience in Consultation