The Liaison Committee for Specialty Boards Invites Third-Party Comments

On October 14, 2022

The Liaison Committee for Specialty Boards (LCSB), which is charged with receiving and evaluating applications for approval of new specialty boards of the American Board of Medical Specialties (ABMS), invites comments from third parties regarding an application from the American Board of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery (ABOMS) to become a member board of ABMS.  

The LCSB endorses the value of obtaining input from internal and external stakeholders. Therefore, as a part of this evaluation process, the LCSB will accept written third-party comments via an online submission form. Anonymous comments will not be accepted. Comments received will be shared with the LCSB as well as with the Applicant Board.

Third-Party Comment Option

Applicant Board: American Board of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery

Online Comment Period Ends: January 15, 2023

Criteria for Recommending Approval of New ABMS Certifying Boards

In order to be recommended for approval by the LCSB, a new medical specialty board must demonstrate that all of the following requirements have been satisfied.

  1. The emergence of a new medical specialty must be based on a substantial advancement in medical science and represent a distinct and well-defined field of medical practice. It may entail special attention to the problems of patients according to age, gender, organ system, or interaction of patients with their environment.
  2. To promote public and professional understanding that there is a single standard of preparation for and evaluation of expertise in each specialty, only one medical specialty board will be recognized in each specialty.
  3. The training needed to meet requirements for certification by the applicant must be sufficiently distinct from the training required for certification by approved ABMS Boards and sufficiently complex or extended so that it is not feasible for it to be included in established training programs leading to certification by approved ABMS Boards.
  4. A medical specialty board must demonstrate that candidates for certification will acquire, and its diplomates will maintain, capability in a defined area of medicine and demonstrate special knowledge and competencies in that field.
  5. Evidence must be presented that the new board will establish defined standards for training and that there is a system for evaluation of educational program quality. The required graduate medical education programs must be accredited by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME), or a plan must be presented for the interim approval of training programs, under conditions defined by the applicant and in accordance with ABMS requirements for training programs, until ACGME approved training programs are established and functioning. In addition, a plan must be presented to accommodate the certification of individuals who complete their graduate medical education prior to the establishment of ACGME accredited programs in the specialty defined by the applicant board.
  6. The applicant medical specialty board must demonstrate support from the relevant field of medical practice and broad professional support.
  7. Operational Plan: The operational plan submitted to the LCSB must include sufficient detail to allow a judgment to be made in the following areas.
    1. Governance Structure. Demonstrate that the composition of the board provides for representation of appropriate organizations and that board members have sufficient expertise and stature for the effective operation of the board.
    2. Business Plan. The financial support for a valid, objective program of candidate and diplomate evaluation, as well as other necessary activities in graduate education, must be presented. The data should include projected numbers of examinees for initial and continuing certification and projected certification fees.
    3. Content of the Field. Data should be presented on the core content/competencies and scope of practice, based on a detailed analysis of the professional area, including present and future public needs.
    4. Requirements for Certification. A specific plan for development and validation of the requirements for certification, recertification and continuing certification should be presented, along with an outline of and rationale for the qualifications to be required of applicants for certification.
    5. Evaluation Plan. A detailed plan for evaluation of individual candidates for initial certification and diplomates for continuing certification should be presented.

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