Draft Standards for Continuing Certification — Call for Comments

ABMS News Release (04/20/21)

The American Board of Medical Specialties (ABMS) is soliciting public commentary on the Draft Standards for Continuing Certification from all stakeholders who have, use, or rely on the board certification credential as an indicator of a diplomate's professionalism and proficiency of specialty knowledge and skills. The new Draft Standards reflect basic changes in the way in which ABMS and its Member Boards fulfill their mission, adding value to both the profession and the public at large. The standards are organized to support and provide diplomates with the skills needed to stay current in medical knowledge; ready them to address emerging medical and public health issues and help them identify and tap opportunities for practice improvement within the systems in which they operate, in order to enhance relevance and reduce burden. The standards also tackle the needs of patients, families, and communities by assuring that diplomates maintain the knowledge and skills necessary to provide quality specialty care. All comments will be reviewed and weighed to guarantee the final draft of the standards presented to the ABMS Board delivers a balanced, consistent, and understandable set of criteria with specialty-specific variations where suitable. The comments period is open from April 20 through July 8.

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