Applying to the ABMS Visiting Scholars Program

Important 2022 Dates

June 12 — Application period closes at 11:59 pm (CT)
August — Selected individuals notified
September — Program begins

Review a copy of the 2022-2023 Application[PDF]

Download the ABMS Visiting Scholars Program 2022-2023 flyer[PDF]


Hear from current ABMS Visiting Scholars (recent informational webinar).

During the year-long program, the Visiting Scholars remain at their home organizations and work with self-selected mentors. They participate in monthly interactive webinars where they provide research project updates to their peers and a select panel of subject matter experts and Visiting Scholars alumni who provide guidance, support, and solutions to barriers they may be experiencing in their research work.

The program begins in September. Scholars traditionally attend three in-person leadership meetings and present their research findings before a national audience at the annual ABMS Conference. Scholars say that the program helps shape their career path, advance their research aspirations, and forge long-term relationships. Read the Scholars Impact stories to learn more about their experiences.


The ABMS Visiting Scholars Program is ideal for individuals looking to positively impact their profession as well as specialty certification through research.

  • Early-career physicians, medical and surgical specialists, and research professionals, junior faculty, fellows, and residents, as well as individuals holding master or doctorate degrees in public health, health services research, educational evaluation and statistics, public health policy and administration, or other relevant disciplines.
  • Veterans Affairs trainees and staff, with prior approval by the VA Office of Academic Affiliations.
  • Student visas are not available.

Sandeep Mannava, MD, PhD, Assistant Professor of Orthopedic Surgery at the University of Rochester Medical Center, discusses the benefits of participating in the ABMS Visiting Scholars Program. He not only learned about board certification, lifelong learning, assessment, and health care policy; he had an opportunity to interact with national health care leaders in all these areas.


Projects can be ongoing or launching and may build on existing research at one’s home organization. A research mentor must be selected. Applications should include:

  • A project description including research questions, plan, budget, expected outcomes, and timeline.
  • A statement describing interests and goals for program participation.
  • Two letters of recommendation: one from the chosen research mentor; and one from the department chair, associate dean/assistant dean, residency program director; or another supervisor.
  • A current professional CV.

The deadline to apply is June 12, 2022 at 11:59 pm (CT).

Review a copy of the 2022-2023 Application[PDF]

NOTE: The online application allows responses to be saved for continuing later. Be sure to periodically click on the “Save and continue later” link located at the top of each page after the first page to retain completed work. Please note that the form only will save up to the most recently completed page (must click next). Edits to the application can be made via the save and continue later link.


ABMS Visiting Scholars are selected based on the quality of their proposed research project, the relevance of their research to the ABMS certification community priorities, and the likelihood of making substantial progress on the project during the cohort year. Applications developed in collaboration with one or more ABMS Member Boards may receive priority.

An award of up to $12,500 is provided to support the direct costs of research and travel expenses associated with program participation. The award may be applied to an existing research grant that supports the same research project or research focus area.

Contact the ABMS Visiting Scholars Program for more information.