The ABMS Visiting Scholars Program supports projects that address interests of the ABMS Research and Education Foundation, ABMS Member Boards and the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation. Recent research priorities include:

  • Diagnostic excellence within and across specialties
  • Competency-based medical education and assessments across the medical education continuum
  • Racial equity and diversity across the health care continuum
  • Physician engagement in quality improvement and patient safety
  • Research priorities of co-sponsor ABMS Member Boards of Ophthalmology, Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery, Orthopaedic Surgery, Radiology, and Urology

Scholars say that the program helps shape their career path, advance their research aspirations, and forge long-term relationships.


with research and data science subject matter experts


from national thought leaders in medical education, certification, and health policy


a professional network of colleagues across the certification community


in ABMS community meetings, events, and professional health care forums


with research dissemination strategists across the certification community

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“Being a Visiting Scholar was an incredible opportunity to develop my research skills, including creating metrics for low-value care and generating physician expert panels. My Scholar research is the foundation for much of the work I do today.”

Caitlin W. Hicks, MD, MS American Board of Surgery, ABMS Visiting Scholars Alum

“When I was chosen as an American Board of Medical Specialties (ABMS) Visiting Scholar in the Class of 2017–2018, I never anticipated how it would advance my passion to improve the bedside experience for patients.”

Brian T. Garibaldi, MD, MEHP American Board of Internal Medicine, ABMS Visiting Scholar Alum

“The Visiting Scholars Program was an opportunity for me to develop as a leader and gave me a broader view of how medicine is structured in the U.S. Without question, the program helped me to improve my leadership skills, which are critical as a physician, colleague, and researcher.”

Regan W. Bergmark, MD ABMS Visiting Scholars Program Alum

“Thanks to the program, I have connected with colleagues and professionals across many specialties that are experts in assessment, competency-based education, quality improvement, and patient safety.”

Victoria Wurster Ovalle, MD American Board of Pediatrics, ABMS Visiting Scholars Alum

“The Visiting Scholars Program was the first in a line of grant support from ABMS, ABPeds, and others that has allowed me to develop, fund, and sustain my program of research.”

Daniel J. Schumacher, MD, PhD, Med American Board of Pediatrics, ABMS Visiting Scholars Alum

“These young scholars are the people we depend on to understand the value of board certification and physician self-regulation into the future.”

David F. Martin, MD Executive Medical Director, American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery

“We want to develop a pipeline of junior investigators who are interested in and committed to advancing diagnostic excellence. That is why the Moore Foundation has sponsored the ABMS Visiting Scholars Program since 2017.”

Daniel Yang, MD Program Director of Diagnostic Excellence for the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation

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