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American board of medical specialties

James C Blankenship, Wayne A Powell, Dawn R Gray, Peter L Duffy
Interventional cardiology has finally completed, after 26 years of advocacy, a professional hat trick: independent board certification, membership as a unique specialty in the American Medical Association House of Delegates (AMA HOD), and recognition by the Centers for Medicaid and Medicare Services (CMS) as a separate medical specialty. This article points out how these distinctions for interventional cardiology and its professional society, the Society for Cardiovascular Angiography and Interventions (SCAI), have led to clear and definite benefits for interventional cardiologists and their patients...
October 19, 2016: Catheterization and Cardiovascular Interventions
Laura E Walker, Annie T Sadosty, James E Colletti, Deepi G Goyal, Kharmene L Sunga, Sharonne N Hayes
Since 1995, women have comprised more than 40% of all medical school graduates. However, representation at leadership levels in medicine remains considerably lower. Gender representation among the American Board of Medical Specialties (ABMS) boards of directors (BODs) has not previously been evaluated. Our objective was to determine the relative representation of women on ABMS BODs and compare it with the in-training and in-practice gender composition of the respective specialties. The composition of the ABMS BODs was obtained from websites in March 2016 for all Member Boards...
October 7, 2016: Mayo Clinic Proceedings
Sangeeta Lamba, Paul L DeSandre, Tammie E Quest
BACKGROUND: The American Board of Emergency Medicine joined nine other American Board of Medical Specialties member boards to sponsor the subspecialty of Hospice and Palliative Medicine; the first subspecialty examination was administered in 2008. Since then an increasing number of emergency physicians has sought this certification and entered the workforce. There has been limited discussion regarding the experiences and challenges facing this new workforce. DISCUSSION: We use excerpts from conversations with emergency physicians to highlight the challenges in hospice and palliative medicine training and practice that are commonly being identified by these physicians, at varying phases of their careers...
September 6, 2016: Journal of Emergency Medicine
Charles Anthony Hughes, Patrick McMenamin, Vikas Mehta, Harold Pillsbury, David Kennedy
OBJECTIVES/HYPOTHESIS: The number of trained otolaryngologists available is insufficient to supply current and projected US health care needs. The goal of this study was to assess available databases and present accurate data on the current otolaryngology workforce, examine methods for prediction of future health care needs, and explore potential issues with forecasting methods and policy implementation based on these predictions. STUDY DESIGN: Retrospective analysis of research databases, public use files, and claims data...
August 31, 2016: Laryngoscope
Ruth D Williams
In the early 20th century, the American Medical Association (AMA), specifically its Section on Ophthalmology, played a central role in the founding of America's first medical specialty board, the American Board of Ophthalmology. With the American Ophthalmological Society and the American Academy of Ophthalmology and Otolaryngology, the AMA's contributions to the formation of the American Board of Ophthalmology led to the establishment of sound educational standards for practicing ophthalmologists and helped to advance the culture of medical excellence within the profession that is synonymous with board certification today...
September 2016: Ophthalmology
Lois Margaret Nora, Sylvia Fonte McGreal, Samantha Guastella Nugent
The authors present snapshots of board certification in 1916, the year that the American Board of Ophthalmology was founded, 60 years later in 1976 as periodic recertification emerged, and speculation about what certification might look like in 2036. The concept of board certification and continuous certification in the medical specialties took shape at the beginning of the 20th century with the convergence of a new system of assessment, the emergence of certifying boards, and the creation of the American Board of Medical Specialties (ABMS)...
September 2016: Ophthalmology
Susan H Day
This article reviews globalization of quality standards in medicine, with emphasis on accreditation and certification. In conjunction with the 100th anniversary of the American Board of Ophthalmology, the author explores globalization movements, standards of quality, expectations of others seeking certification, the American Board of Medical Specialties (ABMS) International, interrelationships with the ABMS, and considerations both pragmatic and philosophical in addressing globalization of standards.
September 2016: Ophthalmology
Suzanne T Anderson, Lois M Nora, Christine W McEntee, Matthew E Fitzgerald, Samantha Guastella Nugent
The mission of the American Board of Ophthalmology (ABO) is to serve the public by improving the quality of ophthalmic practice through a continuing certification process that fosters excellence and encourages continual learning. Since 2001, achieving this mission has been enhanced by including public directors in the ABO governance. We review the evolution of including nonprofessional members on the governing boards of professional regulatory and self-regulatory organizations generally, provide history about the incorporation of non-professional public directors into the governance structure of the American Board of Medical Specialties and the ABO, and offer insights about the perceived impact of public directors on the ABO...
September 2016: Ophthalmology
R Michael Siatkowski
Over the course of a century, American medical specialty boards including the American Board of Ophthalmology (ABO) have developed significant expertise in assessing physician competence on completion of postgraduate training and, more recently, in defining appropriate criteria for continuous learning and quality improvement in practicing physicians. This article explores why maintaining career-long excellence is an evolving challenge, but one that is at the heart of the ABO's mission to protect the public by improving patient care...
September 2016: Ophthalmology
Anthony J Comerota, Robert J Min, Suman W Rathbun, Neil Khilnani, Thom Rooke, Thomas W Wakefield, Teresa L Carman, Fedor Lurie, Suresh Vedantham, Steven E Zimmet
BACKGROUND: In every field of medicine, comprehensive education should be delivered at the graduate level. Currently, no single specialty routinely provides a standardized comprehensive curriculum in venous and lymphatic disease. METHOD: The American Board of Venous & Lymphatic Medicine formed a task force, made up of experts from the specialties of dermatology, family practice, interventional radiology, interventional cardiology, phlebology, vascular medicine, and vascular surgery, to develop a consensus document describing the program requirements for fellowship medical education in venous and lymphatic medicine...
August 17, 2016: Phlebology
Beth-Ann Shanker, Mark Soliman, Paul Williamson, Andrea Ferrara
BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVES: Laparoscopic colorectal surgery is an established safe procedure with demonstrated benefits. Proficiency in this specialty correlates with the volume of cases. We examined training in this surgical field for both general surgery and colon and rectal surgery residents to determine whether the number of cases needed for proficiency is being realized. METHODS: We examined the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) and American Board of Colorectal Surgeons (ABCRS) operative statistics for graduating general surgery and colon and rectal surgery residents...
July 2016: JSLS: Journal of the Society of Laparoendoscopic Surgeons
Brandon M Lingenfelter, Xuezhi Jiang, Peter F Schnatz, David M O'Sullivan, Shahab S Minassian, David A Forstein
BACKGROUND: The in-training examination (ITE) offers formative assessments of residents' developing medical knowledge. Identification of an ITE performance level associated with success on the specialty board examination allows identification of "at risk" residents. OBJECTIVE: This study sought to identify a threshold score for obstetrics and gynecology residents' performance on the Council on Resident Education in Obstetrics and Gynecology (CREOG) ITE that predicts successful performance on the American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology (ABOG) written examination...
July 2016: Journal of Graduate Medical Education
Mohammed J Al Fayyadh, Stephanie F Heller, Taufiek Konrad Rajab, Aimee K Gardner, Jordan P Bloom, Jeremy A Rawlings, John T Mullen, Douglas S Smink, David R Farley, Ross E Willis, Daniel L Dent
OBJECTIVE: A nondesignated preliminary surgery (NDPS) position encompasses 1 year of training provided by many general surgery residencies. Our aim was to assess factors predicting success and provide evidence for program directors to support career guidance to preliminary residents. METHODS: Retrospective cohort study of 221 NDPS residents who entered 5 university-based institutions were identified from 2009 to 2013. Records for trainees were reviewed. We defined primary success as obtaining a categorical position in the specialty of choice and secondary success as obtaining a categorical position in any specialty immediately after finishing their NDPS training...
July 6, 2016: Journal of Surgical Education
Richard A Krasuski, Thomas M Bashore
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July 12, 2016: Circulation
Cynthia S Gadd, Jeffrey J Williamson, Elaine B Steen, Douglas B Fridsma
In 2005, AMIA leaders and members concluded that certification of advanced health informatics professionals would offer value to individual practitioners, organizations that hire them, and society at large. AMIA's work to create advanced informatics certification began by leading a successful effort to create the clinical informatics subspecialty for American Board of Medical Specialties board-certified physicians. Since 2012, AMIA has been working to establish advanced health informatics certification (AHIC) for all health informatics practitioners regardless of their primary discipline...
July 2016: Journal of the American Medical Informatics Association: JAMIA
Richard E Hawkins, Mira Bjelotomich Irons, Catherine M Welcher, Mellie Villahermosa Pouwels, Eric S Holmboe, Earl J Reisdorff, Joshua M Cohen, Susan Dentzer, David G Nichols, Cynthia A Lien, Thomas D Horn, R Barrett Noone, Rebecca S Lipner, Kevin W Eva, John J Norcini, Lois Margaret Nora, Jeffrey P Gold
This article describes the presentations and discussions at a conference co-convened by the Council on Medical Education of the American Medical Association (AMA) and by the American Board of Medical Specialties (ABMS). The conference focused on the ABMS Maintenance of Certification (MOC) Part III Examination. This article, reflecting the conference agenda, covers the value of and evidence supporting the examination, as well as concerns about the cost of the examination, and-given the current format-its relevance...
June 28, 2016: Academic Medicine: Journal of the Association of American Medical Colleges
J Buethe, J Nazarian, K Kalisz, M Wintermark
Diagnostic imaging is the most rapidly growing physician service in the Medicare and privately insured population. The growing share of medical costs devoted to imaging procedures has led to increasing concerns among the key federal agencies and private payers. In an attempt to educate health care providers, patients, and families on the importance of making optimal clinical decisions, the American Board of Internal Medicine Foundation organized the Choosing Wisely initiative with strong collaboration from specialty societies representing nearly all medical disciplines...
June 9, 2016: AJNR. American Journal of Neuroradiology
Linjun Shen, Dorthea Juul, Larry R Faulkner
INTRODUCTION: The development of recertification programs (now referred to as Maintenance of Certification or MOC) by the members of the American Board of Medical Specialties provides the opportunity to study knowledge base across the professional lifespan of physicians. Research results to date are mixed with some studies finding negative associations between age and various measures of competency and others finding no or minimal relationships. METHODS: Four groups of multiple choice test items that were independently developed for certification and MOC examinations in psychiatry and neurology were administered to certification and MOC examinees within each specialty...
2016: Journal of Continuing Education in the Health Professions
Michelle Ciucci, Corinne A Jones, Georgia A Malandraki, Katherine A Hutcheson
Dysphagia evaluation and management has rapidly become the primary practice area of medical speech pathologists since its adoption in our field less than three decades ago. As a specialty, swallowing and swallowing disorders comprise the largest represented discipline with 10,059 specialty interest group members within the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association and 298 board-certified specialists in the American Speech Hearing Association. There are national and international organizations, such as the Dysphagia Research Society and its interdisciplinary journal Dysphagia, that provide continuing education for clinicians and a platform for dysphagia researchers...
August 2016: Seminars in Speech and Language
Ryan S Din, Sandra C Yan, David J Cote, Michael A Acosta, Timothy R Smith
STUDY DESIGN: Observational cross-sectional survey OBJECTIVE.: To compare defensive practices of U.S. spine and non-spine neurosurgeons in the context of state medical liability risk. SUMMARY OF BACKGROUND DATA: Defensive medicine is a commonly reported and costly phenomenon in neurosurgery. While state liability risk is thought to contribute greatly to defensive practice, variation within neurosurgical specialties has not been well explored. METHODS: A validated, online survey was sent via email to 3,344 members of the American Board of Neurological Surgeons...
May 11, 2016: Spine
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