The ABMS Visiting Scholars Experience

The ABMS Visiting Scholars Program is a one-year, part-time research program that provides early-career physicians, and others who have relevant advanced degrees, the chance to contribute to the fields of professional development, physician self-regulation and quality improvement. ABMS Visiting Scholars gain hands-on exposure to the fields of:

  • Initial Board Certification
  • Continuing Certification
  • Physician assessment and continuing professional development
  • Quality improvement
  • Regulatory policy, assessment, and the performance improvement work of ABMS and Member Boards
  • Health services research and scholarship in areas that improve patient care, quality, and physician performance

VIDEO: Dr. Sandeep Mannava, 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 of these areas.

Program Supports Self-directed Research and Professional Development

The ABMS Visiting Scholars Program provides a unique opportunity for early-career health care researchers and program leaders to conduct projects of their own design, present their findings to national audiences, develop their skills and build professional networks and lifelong relationships.

Scholars remain at their home institutions, working with mentors who can help them achieve their research aims. Scholars participate in monthly leadership seminars via videoconference with national health care policy, physician assessment, quality improvement, and professional development experts. In addition, Scholars participate in three in-person events during the 12-month program to present their research, attend an ABMS Board committee meeting, and engage one-on-one with Member Board executives and the leadership of ABMS Associate Members, including the American Hospital Association, the American College of Continuing Medical Education, the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education, and the American Medical Association.

Following their capstone presentations, Scholars join a growing group of Program alumni and are encouraged to remain active members of the ABMS Member Boards community. Visiting Scholars alumni participate in ABMS and Member Board workgroups and special committees, and help assure the continued success of the Visiting Scholars Program by recommending candidates, mentoring Scholars, sharing their experiences, and leading panel presentations and discussions.

How Do Scholars Benefit?

  • Scholars develop professional relationships with the ABMS Member Boards Community and leading professional health care organizations.
  • Scholars become familiar with the policy and health care delivery environment surrounding Continuing Certification.
  • Scholars’ work is nationally recognized and disseminated.
  • Scholars enjoy meaningful networking opportunities with each other and join the ranks of Program alumni who are committed to quality improvement, patient safety, and health care system improvement.
  • Scholars conduct projects that bring real value to their programs and organizations.

“The Visiting Scholars Program was one of the most formative experiences in my early career development. My experience pursuing scholarly work while engaging with seminal quality improvement and health policy leaders helped me secure leadership opportunities ordinarily not open to someone right out of residency; others saw my program participation as developmental and skill-building, and confirmation of my abilities.”

—Iahn Gonsenhauser MD, MBA, serves as Interim Chief Quality & Patient Safety Officer, and Assistant Professor, Clinical, Division of Hospital Medicine, Ohio State University (OSU), Wexner Medical Center. Dr. Gonsenhauser was among the inaugural Visiting Scholars Program class when he was an internal medicine resident at OSU (2014-2015).

2020 Informational Webinar for 2020-2021 Candidates

View the June 3, 2020 ABMS Visiting Scholars Program Informational Webinar below [34:06]: