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 Comment Option

  • Online Comment Period: For all requests posted below, the comment period during which comments may be submitted via the ABMS website closed on January 21, 2020. However, if you have comments that you would like to submit prior to February 21, 2020 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 February 21, 2020 will be considered by COCERT. COCERT will consider the requests listed below at its meeting on March 2, 2020.
  • Virtual Forum for Public Comment: COCERT will provide a virtual forum for public comment at its meeting on Monday, March 2, 2020 to discuss the requests posted below. To indicate your interest in participating in the virtual forum, please complete a brief form by Friday, February 7, 2020. 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: Co-sponsorship of Subspecialty Certification in Neurocritical Care
    Member Board (s): American Board of Internal Medicine

    Online Comment Period: Ended January 21, 2020

    View Application

COCERT will consider the request at its meeting on March 2, 2020. Note that the Subspecialty Certification in Neurocritical Care is co-sponsored by the American Board of Anesthesiology, American Board of Emergency Medicine, American Board of Neurological Surgery, and American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology, and was approved by ABMS in 2018.

Focused Practice Designations

  • Request: Designation in Urologic Oncology
    Member Board(s): American Board of Urology

    Online Comment Period: Ended January 21, 2020

    View Application

COCERT will consider the request at its meeting on March 2, 2020.

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.


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