COCERT Invites Comments

The ABMS Committee on Certification (COCERT) is charged with the review and evaluation of ABMS Member Boards’ requests for new specialty and subspecialty certificates and focused practice designations.

COCERT welcomes comments from all interested parties on the following requests by ABMS Member Boards, for consideration in discussion and deliberation.

ABMS has a fixed, multi-stage process to establish a new specialty or subspecialty certification or designation. The process is both thoughtful and rigorous, involving input from internal and external stakeholders, public comment, consideration by COCERT, and action by the ABMS Board of Directors.

Posted comments will be shared with COCERT and the requesting Member Board(s) to allow them an opportunity to respond. Additionally, comments may be shared with other ABMS organizational units such as committees and work groups as appropriate.

Individuals interested in learning more about the specific requests for certificates or designations may contact the respective ABMS Member Board.

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Call-in Comment Option | Subspecialty Certifications | Focused Practice Designations | Future Comment Periods | Questions | Resources


Call-in Comment Option

  • COCERT will provide an opportunity for public comment by phone at its meeting on September 16, 2019 regarding the request posted below. RSVP details will be posted on August 2. To find out more information about the Open Forum, please subscribe to the COCERT announcements list.

Subspecialty Certifications

  • Request: Eligibility for Subspecialty Certification by the American Board of Dermatology in Micrographic Dermatologic Surgery
    Member Board(s): American Board of Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery and American Board of Plastic Surgery
    Online Comment Period Ends: July 16, 2019

    View Application | Submit Comments

    COCERT will consider the request at its meeting on September 16, 2019. Note that the Subspecialty Certification in Micrographic Dermatologic Surgery issued by the American Board of Dermatology was approved by ABMS in 2018.

    View Original Application for Micrographic Dermatologic Surgery submitted by the American Board of Dermatology


Focused Practice Designations

  • Request: Designation in Metabolic Bariatric Surgery
    Member Board(s): American Board of Surgery
    Online Comment Period Ends: July 16, 2019

    View Application | Submit Comments

    COCERT will consider the request at its meeting on September 16, 2019.

Notification of Future Comment Periods

Upcoming ABMS Member Board requests for public comment are posted below:

  • There are currently no new requests under consideration by COCERT.

ABMS will continue to announce upcoming requests and comment periods via email to interested parties. To be added to this list, please subscribe to the COCERT announcements list.

Questions

If you have questions related to COCERT, please contact COCERTpublicinput@abms.org.

Resources