American Board of Medical Specialties Announces New Standards for Continuing Certification

ABMS Board of Directors approved new Standards for Continuing Certification at its October meeting, culminating...


ABMS Officially Recognizes Addiction Medicine as a Subspecialty

On March 14, 2016

ABMS officially recognized Addiction Medicine as a subspecialty at its October 2015 Board Meeting in Dallas, Texas. The American Board of Preventive Medicine (ABPM), a Member Board of ABMS, sponsored the application for the subspecialty to allow physicians certified by any of the 24 ABMS Member Boards to apply for the new certificate.

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Use of Self-directed Module Improves Patient Handovers

On October 26, 2015

Whether a patient is being transferred from the Emergency Department to a medical floor or from the Operating Room to the Surgical Intensive Care Unit, patient handovers are key. The clinical information provided in handovers contributes to continuity of care, patient safety, and a reduction in clinical errors. However, multiple regulatory groups and professional organizations have identified significant shortcomings in handovers.

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MOC Participation Improves Patient Care, Leads to Advocacy Efforts and Practice Transformation

On April 23, 2015

All Marie T. Brown, MD, FACP, wanted to do was meet her Maintenance of Certification (MOC) requirements. Instead, the Oak Park, Illinois-based internist and geriatrician increased immunization rates for her patients and became a national advocate for adult immunization. Next, she improved care processes for patients with diabetes leading to better hemoglobin and blood pressure control. Moreover, the lessons Dr. Brown learned about practice transformation were so powerful that she now lectures on the topic across the country.


ABMS Comments on ABIM’s MOC Announcement

On February 5, 2015

On February 3, the American Board of Internal Medicine (ABIM), an ABMS Member Board, announced a significant review of its Program for Maintenance of Certification (MOC).On February 3, the American Board of Internal Medicine (ABIM), an ABMS Member Board, announced a significant review of its Program for Maintenance of Certification (MOC).

ABMS Member Boards’ MOC Programs serve the public’s health and are an important part of professional self-regulation that provides a discipline-specific framework for continuing professional development and learning in support of ABMS Board Certification.

ABMS supports ABIM in its efforts to make its MOC Program more meaningful for its physicians while maintaining the high level of quality envisioned by the 2015 Standards for the ABMS Program for MOC (ABMS MOC®). An important goal of the standards is to provide physicians a relevant, user-friendly, and meaningful MOC process as those ABMS Member Board-certified physicians care for their patients, families, and communities. ABIM’s acknowledgement that its MOC Program could improve clearly demonstrates that ABIM is listening to the internal medicine community and is serious about making changes as part of its own continuous quality improvement process.

All ABMS Member Boards share a focus on helping to ensure that patients receive the high quality medical care that they have come to expect from Board Certified physicians.

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ABMS Announces New Board of Directors (2014–2015)

On May 13, 2014

The American Board of Medical Specialties (ABMS), composed of 24 Member Boards that oversee physician certification in the United States, announced the election of Valerie M. Parisi, MD, MPH, MBA, as the 35th Chair of its Board of Directors (BOD) along with a new Chair Elect, four new At-Large Members, and three current Board Members to serve on the Executive Committee at its BOD meeting on April 24 held in Washington, D.C.