ABMS Statement to DIOs Regarding Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19)

On March 13, 2020

The American Board of Medical Specialties (ABMS) and its 24 Member Boards appreciate the extraordinary efforts of our specialty medical professionals and trainees who are working tirelessly to treat and monitor those exposed to or diagnosed with Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19), and we recognize the associated enhanced health risks and the potential for training disruptions. As with others in our community, our primary concern is for the health and well-being of these individuals and patients and the desire to maintain a strong and effective health care workforce.

In most cases, specialty boards’ existing leave policies will cover training disruptions caused by quarantine, and boards are supportive of creative strategies to recognize learning opportunities that can take place during such times. In situations in which quarantine impedes completion of on-time training, boards are receptive to case-by-case discussions and do not wish to penalize trainees for situations beyond their control.

We encourage those with questions to contact their respective ABMS Member Boards for details and updates regarding COVID-19 related leave policies and the status of board examinations.

ABMS Member Boards

See main ABMS COVID-19 Information page.

See also ABMS Statement Regarding Continuing Certification During COVID-19


As documented cases of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) continue to increase around the world, ABMS offers the following information and resources for physicians and their patients and families:

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