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

  • 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 Dermatology, Ophthalmology, Orthopaedic Surgery, Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery, Plastic Surgery, Radiology, Thoracic Surgery, 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

The application period for the 2023–2024 cohort is now CLOSED

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“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

“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

“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

“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

“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

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