American Board of Medical Specialties Statement on the Journal of the American Medical Association Research Letter Regarding Member Board Certification Fees and Finances
Position Statements

American Board of Medical Specialties Statement on the Journal of the American Medical Association Research Letter Regarding Member Board Certification Fees and Finances

ABMS and its 24 Member Boards are committed to establishing and maintaining high quality standards for physician specialists. More than 860,000 physicians in the United States are Board Certified by one or more of the 24 ABMS Member Boards. ABMS Board Certification is a recognized benchmark of public trust and represents a physician’s personal commitment to providing a high standard of quality patient care.

ABMS Announces New Board of Directors
Press Releases

ABMS Announces New Board of Directors

ABMS is pleased to announce the election of members to its Board of Directors (BOD), including a new Secretary-Treasurer, six new At-Large Members, and six re-elected At-Large Members. Additionally, two new and two current Board Members were elected to serve on the Executive Committee at the ABMS BOD meeting held June 21-22 in San Diego.

Measuring Competence in Quality and Safety
Visiting Scholars

Measuring Competence in Quality and Safety

All residents, no matter what specialty they pursue, are expected to demonstrate competence in quality improvement and patient safety. But is that fair to ask given their training? All physicians are expected to have a working understanding of quality and safety principles within their specialty. But are they being evaluated to ensure that they do? These are the questions that Joshua J. Davis, MD, set out to answer in his research project as part of the ABMS Visiting Scholars Program.

Building a New Generation Committed to Quality Care: The Portfolio Program’s Value as a Professional Development and Educational Tool
ABMS Insights, Guest Column

Building a New Generation Committed to Quality Care: The Portfolio Program’s Value as a Professional Development and Educational Tool

Quality Improvement activities allow the implementation of small, repeated, systematic changes aimed at improving patient care quality, safety, and outcomes. The design, planning, and implementation of QI initiatives by physicians leading to Improvement in Medical Practice (Part IV) Maintenance of Certification credit are essential to the formative growth of medical professionals who can critically assess system errors, systematically study the contributing factors, and creatively design and implement solutions that result in higher quality, safer, and evidence-based care.

ABMS Statement Regarding State of Texas SB 1148 and Similar State Legislative Efforts
Position Statements, ABMS Insights

ABMS Statement Regarding State of Texas SB 1148 and Similar State Legislative Efforts

ABMS is disappointed by the passage of Texas Senate Bill (SB) 1148. This legislation establishes dangerous precedent by allowing the state to interfere with physician professional self-regulation, as well as dictating to independent organizations—such as insurers and hospitals—which quality standards they may use. Fortunately, the exemptions included in the law will allow hospitals and health systems in Texas to continue to have the right to use Board Certification as a quality indicator.