ABMS Associate Members

ABMS works in collaboration with its Associate Members to improve the quality of graduate medical education, the standards of medical practice, and the physician certification process. The Associate Members of ABMS include:

Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME)

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ACCME sets and administers standards and criteria for providers of quality Continuing Medical Education (CME) for physicians and related professions. It has the responsibility for accrediting institutions and organizations offering CME and developing standards by which state medical societies will accredit local institutions and organizations.

Approved as an Associate Member in 2004


Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME)

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ACGME is responsible for the accreditation of post-MD medical training programs in the United States. Accreditation is accomplished through Residency Review Committees (RRCs) which process the actual accreditation of residency programs. The ACGME approves the standards and deals with appeals and administrative issues.

Approved as an Associate Member in 2002


American Hospital Association (AHA)

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AHA is the national organization that represents and serves all types of hospitals, health care networks and their patients and communities. Through its representation and advocacy activities, AHA ensures that members’ perspectives and needs are heard and addressed in national health policy development, legislative and regulatory debate, and judicial matters. AHA provides education for health care leaders and is a source of information on health care issues and trends.

Approved as an Associate Member in 1970


American Medical Association (AMA)

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As the nation’s largest physician group, AMA advocates on the issues vital to the nation’s health and health care system.

Approved as an Associate Member in 1989


Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC)

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AAMC is a non-profit association of medical schools, teaching hospitals, and academic societies. The AAMC seeks to improve the nation’s health by enhancing the effectiveness of academic medicine.

Approved as an Associate Member in 1970


Council of Medical Specialty Societies (CMSS)

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CMSS serves to represent the views of specialist physicians in influencing policy, medical education and accreditation from a broad, cross-specialty perspective. Its membership is primarily comprised of United States medical specialty societies that represent physicians certified by an ABMS Member Board.

Approved as an Associate Member in 1973

Educational Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates (ECFMG)


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Through a program of certification, ECFMG assesses the readiness of international medical graduates to enter accredited residency or fellowship programs in the United States.

Approved as an Associate Member in 2002


Federation of State Medical Boards (FSMB)

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FSMB serves as the national voluntary association of all United States licensing and disciplinary boards. The organization promotes the adoption, maintenance and advancement of effective and uniform standards for licensure and discipline in medicine and the healing arts.

Approved as an Associate Member in 1970


National Board of Medical Examiners (NBME)

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NBME offers a versatile selection of high-quality assessments and educational services for students, professionals, educators, regulators and institutions dedicated to the evolving needs of medical education and health care. To serve these communities, they collaborate with a diverse and comprehensive array of practicing health professionals, medical educators, state medical board members, test developers, academic researchers, scoring experts and public representatives.

Approved as an Associate Member in 1970