ABMS Visiting Scholars Program

The application period for the 2018-2019 program is now closed. The selection committee wishes to thank all current applicants. Selected Scholars will be notified in July 2018 and publicly announced in September 2018.


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, quality improvement (QI), and regulatory policy while promoting research and scholarship in areas related to Board Certification and Continuing Certification that are important to the ABMS Member Boards Community.

Download Program Materials
View Informational Webinar
Current and Past Classes and Projects

Scholar Benefits

  • Scholars pursue professional goals through relationships with the ABMS Member Boards Community and other leading health care organizations
  • Scholars become familiar with the policy and the health care delivery environment in which continuing certification occurs
  • Scholars participate in interactive monthly videoconferences with national health care leaders, conferences, forums, and ABMS leadership committee meetings
  • Scholars enjoy ongoing engagement with each other, program alumni, and the ABMS Member Boards community
  • Scholars conduct projects of value to their programs and organizations
  • Scholars build networks that inform their research and support their professional development
  • Scholars’ work is nationally recognized and disseminated
  • Scholars receive a grant to support research and travel expenses associated with their program participation 

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.

Detailed Program Information

  • View the Informational Webinar: This presentation includes details about the Program, benefits for scholars and their institutions, what makes a successful candidate, alumni perspectives, project experiences, opportunities gained, directed research opportunities available in your field, and a Q&A session with past participants and directors. [47:50]
  • Board Certification/Continuing Certification: Learn more about the ABMS Program for Continuing Certification.

Download Program and Application Materials

Application deadline was 5:00 pm CST on May 1, 2018. Scholars who are selected will be notified in July 2018 and publicly announced in September 2018.


Meet the Current Class

Learn about past Visiting Scholars classes and what they are doing now.

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