COCERT Invites Comments

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

The Public Comment process was designed by ABMS as a fixed, multi-stage process for establishing a new specialty or subspecialty certification, or focused practice designation. This thoughtful and rigorous process involves obtaining input from internal and external stakeholders, public comment, consideration by COCERT, and action by the ABMS Board of Directors.

COCERT welcomes comments from all interested parties on the following requests by ABMS Member Boards.

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 stakeholders and 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

  • Virtual Forum for Public Comment: COCERT will provide a virtual forum for public comment at its meeting on Wednesday December 7, 2022 to discuss the request posted below. To indicate your interest in participating in the virtual forum, please complete a brief form by Monday, December 5, 2022. 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

  • Member Board (s): American Board of Anesthesiology, American Board of Family Medicine, American Board of Emergency Medicine, American Board of Preventive Medicine
    Proposed Subspecialty Certification: Health Care Administration, Leadership and Management
    Online Comment Period Ended: October 28, 2022

COCERT will consider the request at its December 7, 2022 meeting.

Focused Practice Designations

  • There are currently no new requests under consideration by COCERT

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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