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ABMS Selects 2016-2017 Visiting Scholars

ABMS Selects 2016-2017 Visiting Scholars

The American Board of Medical Specialties (ABMS) Research and Education Foundation has selected three individuals to participate in its Visiting Scholars Program for 2016-17.

Launched in 2014, the one-year, part-time program exposes participants to the fields of professional assessment and education, health policy, and quality improvement (QI). It also facilitates scholar research on areas relevant to physician certification focused on improving patient care. For the second consecutive year the class includes a Visiting Scholar sponsored by the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery (ABOS).

“The Visiting Scholars Program facilitates research that has the potential to address health care needs in the United States and better measure patient outcomes, while assisting physicians with continuous professional development,” noted ABMS President and Chief Executive Officer Lois Margaret Nora, MD, JD, MBA. “It also supports the scholars’ development of leadership skills which are extremely important for their own career growth and success.”

The 2016-2017 class members and their research projects are:

  • Joshua Davis, BA, Medical Student, Sidney Kimmel Medical College at Thomas Jefferson University, Philadelphia, PA
    Project: Board Certification Requirements in Quality and Patient Safety
    Since the release of the 1999 Institute of Medicine report “To Err is Human,” attention to patient safety and QI has become a pervasive part of health care. This study will characterize the Maintenance of Certification (MOC) and Board Certification requirements for quality and safety across the 24 ABMS Member Boards.
  • Sandeep Mannava, MD, PhD, Sports Medicine Fellow, Steadman-Philippon Research Institute, Vail, CO
    Project: The Evolving Role of Simulation-based Surgery Training in Orthopaedic Surgery (ABMS-ABOS Visiting Scholar)
    This project will prospectively examine the role of standardized simulation/cadaveric training during orthopaedic residency, exploring whether simulation training can be practically implemented in orthopaedic surgical training and if it truly improves arthroscopic surgical skills.
  • Tim Xu, MPP, Medical Student, Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, Baltimore, MD
    Project: Impact of Board Certification on Surgeon Performance in National Medicare Data
    This research project will examine the association between MOC status and surgical outcomes using national Medicare data.

“We are excited about the research being undertaken by our Visiting Scholars and the impact this program, now in its third year, continues to have within the Boards Community,” explained David Price, MD, FAAFP, FACEHP, Senior Vice President, ABMS Research and Education Foundation. “We also are thrilled that for the second year in a row, ABOS has agreed to support a Visiting Scholar, and want to acknowledge its support of the Visiting Scholars program.”

For more information about the ABMS Visiting Scholars Program, visit the ABMS website.

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