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The Continuing Board Certification:

Vision for the Future Commission released its final report to the American Board of Medical Specialties Board of Directors early this month. This set of recommendations marked the end of the Commission’s work.

The goals of the Continuing Board Certification: Vision for the Future Commission were to address the Commission charge as developed by the Planning Committee and to provide a set of recommendations about the future of continuing board certification for consideration by ABMS. As part of its work, the Planning Committee developed a charge for the Commission that encompasses a framework and set of key questions about board certification.

 Read the Report Recommendation

In response, the American Board of Medical Specialties released the following statement:

The American Board of Medical Specialties (ABMS) and its 24 Member Boards commend the members of the Continuing Board Certification: Vision of the Future Commission (Commission) for their dedication and hard work in creating their final report for the ABMS Board of Directors. We appreciate the diligent, transparent, inclusive and thoughtful approach taken throughout the process.

We also want to thank the Commission Co-Chairs Christopher Colenda, MD, MPH, and William Scanlon, PhD, for their leadership and oversight of the Vision Initiative process. In addition, we want to acknowledge all who offered testimony, shared best practices, participated in the stakeholder survey, shared ideas, offered their comments on the draft report and were engaged with the Vision Initiative. Their contributions were of great value and had an enormous impact in forming the Commission’s final report for consideration by the ABMS Board.

As a Community, we are committed to working with our stakeholders to improve the continuing certification process so that it becomes a system that demonstrates the profession’s commitment to professional self-regulation, offers a consistent and clear understanding of what continuing certification means, and establishes a meaningful and relevant program that brings value to a physician’s practice and meets the highest standard of quality patient care. The ABMS Board of Directors will be discussing the report at its February meeting and will develop a framework for addressing and operationalizing the Commission recommendations, the details of which will be shared with stakeholders throughout the greater Boards Community.



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