Draft Standards for Continuing Certification — Call for Comments

On April 20, 2021

The American Board of Medical Specialties (ABMS) is seeking public commentary on the Draft Standards for Continuing Certification from all stakeholders who possess, use or rely upon the board certification credential as an indicator of a diplomate’s professionalism and proficiency of specialty knowledge and skills. The “Draft Standards for Continuing Certification – Call for Comments” will be open from Tuesday, April 20, 2021 through Thursday, July 8, 2021 at 11:59 pm CST. Feedback received will guide and inform the development of the final Draft Standards for Continuing Certification (“Draft Standards”), which will be considered by the ABMS Board of Directors in October 2021.

ABMS establishes the standards its 24 Member Boards use to develop and implement educational and assessment programs used in the certification of diplomate specialists. The new Draft Standards reflect foundational changes to the manner in which ABMS and its Member Boards deliver on their mission, bringing value to both the profession and the public at large. They were developed after a year of deliberation with key stakeholders in response to the recommendations of the Continuing Board Certification: Vision for the Future Commission as well as of the wider stakeholder community.

The Draft Standards are structured to support and provide diplomates with the tools they need to stay current in medical knowledge; prepare them to address emerging medical and public health issues and help them identify and address opportunities for practice improvement within the systems in which they work, all in a manner that enhances relevance and reduces burden. The Draft Standards also address the needs of patients, families, and communities by assuring that board certified diplomates maintain the knowledge and skills necessary to deliver the quality specialty care upon which they rely.

ABMS has engaged an external party to ensure that the “Call for Comments” review process is unbiased, objective, and thoughtful. While respondents are asked to provide identifying information, it is done solely for analysis purposes by the external party. Individual identification will remain private from ABMS and Member Boards. The “Call for Comments” process is part of an ongoing and deliberate dialogue that encourages continued engagement and collaboration throughout the ABMS community. All comments will be reviewed and considered to ensure the final draft of the Standards presented to the ABMS Board of Directors offers a balanced, consistent and understandable set of criteria with specialty-specific variances where appropriate.


Complete Draft Standards

Download the complete Standards for Continuing Certification Draft for Stakeholder Comment (including Introduction and Appendices)[PDF]

Download the Introduction to the Standards for Continuing Certification – Draft for Stakeholder Comment[PDF]

Download the Appendices to the Standards for Continuing Certification Draft for Stakeholder Comment[PDF]

Download a SAMPLE of the Call for Comments survey[PDF]



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