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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Public Comments | Subspecialty Certifications | Focused Practice Designations | Future Comment Periods | Resources

Public Comments

  • Online Comment Period: For all requests posted below, the comment period during which comments may be submitted via the ABMS website closed on July 16, 2019. However, if you have comments that you would like to submit prior to September 10, 2019 you may email them to or send them by mail to: American Board of Medical Specialties c/o Richard Hawkins, MD, 353 N. Clark Street, Suite 1400, Chicago, IL 60654. Any comments received by ABMS on or before the close of business on September 10, 2019 will be considered by COCERT. COCERT will consider the application at its meeting on September 16, 2019.

    Virtual Forum for Public Comment: COCERT will provide a virtual forum for public comment at its meeting on Tuesday, September 16, 2019 to discuss the requests posted below. To indicate your interest in participating in the virtual forum, please complete a brief form by Friday, August 23, 2019. Please be aware that due to the amount of committee business, priority will be given to those speaking on behalf of organizations, with some slots allocated to individuals speaking on behalf of themselves. Completion of the form does not guarantee you a slot. Additional information will be sent to all who express an interest in participating.

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 Ended: July 16, 2019

    View Application

    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 Ended: July 16, 2019

    View Application

    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.