Overview of the Commission

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

In addition, the work of the Commission will include:

  • Review the information gathered to date through meetings and surveys
  • Provide opportunities for physicians to provide their perspectives on continuing board certification
  • Hear the perspectives of and presentations from:
    • Member Boards about programs, initiatives and innovations
    • Specialty societies about their programs and contributions to continuing board certification
    • State medical societies about their members’ perspectives on continuing board certification
    • Patient organizations and other representatives from the public
    • AMA, ACCME, ACGME, FSMB, NBME and other health care organizations
    • Academic Medical Centers, hospitals and health systems about their work and contributions to continuing board certification
    • Credentialing organizations and other users of the credential
    • ABMS Portfolio Program sponsors
    • Experts in assessment, quality improvement and performance measurement
  • Compile and analyze the information and data provided
  • Review the literature and scholarly work related to assessment, certification, quality improvement and other areas
  • Develop briefing documents on key questions and issues after meetings and seek feedback on these briefing documents
  • Analyze themes and emerging ideas
  • Establish a recommended framework for the future system of continuing board certification
  • Create a final report with a set of recommendations for presentation to and consideration by the ABMS

During the course of the Commission’s work, the Commission will generate several briefing documents for community consideration and feedback. The purposes of these documents are to present information about current and proposed practices, to test concepts and ideas, and to continue to engage the broader community in this process. The Commission will communicate with the broader community about the concepts and ideas and will engage in a series of discussions with stakeholders about different aspects of continuing board certification. This process is intended to facilitate the Commission building an achievable, sustainable model.

In addition, portions of the Commission meetings will be open to guests; guests will be able to hear testimony, presentations and discussions. The Commission will also meet in closed session.

The Commission is expected to release a draft report for public comment in November 2018, and a final report will be sent to the ABMS in February 2019.

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The Nomination Process for Commission Members

The Planning Committee will identify members to serve on the Commission based on their interests, background and experience. Commission members will not be representing organizations or groups of organizations; however, it is expected that some members of the Commission will have experience with different types of organizations engaged in board certification.

The Planning Committee will select a diverse group of individuals to serve on the Commission – diverse in background, experience, and thought. The Committee invited applications from physicians at different stages of their careers and from a variety of practice types, and especially from physicians early in their careers including residents and fellows, physicians from rural practices, and physicians from backgrounds underrepresented in medicine.

The Planning Committee also invited applications from public members who are not physicians and health care professionals.

The call for nominations closed on January 8, 2018. Members who are selected will be notified in late January 2018 and publicly announced in February 2018.

Criteria for Commission Members

To ensure diverse perspectives, the Planning Committee will select members who meet one or more of the following criteria:

  • Practicing physicians who participate in continuing board certification in a variety of practice environments (i.e., private practice and academic health centers)
  • Individuals from diverse backgrounds and/or experiences (e.g., age, gender, ethnicity, race, disabilities, practice environment, specialty experience, geography, etc.)
  • Experience with and knowledge of patient advocacy and consumer issues
  • Experience with and knowledge of hospitals and health systems
  • Experience with and knowledge of health care and public policy
  • Experience with and knowledge of state and federal legislative and regulatory processes
  • Experience with and knowledge of assessment methodologies and programs
  • Experience with and knowledge of military and veteran affairs
  • Leadership in and knowledge of continuing board certification
  • Leadership in and knowledge of medical education across the continuum
  • Leadership in and knowledge of quality/practice improvement in medicine


The Commission members are expected to participate in meetings from February 2018 through January 2019 held in locations such as Washington, DC, Chicago and a location in the Western United States. The venues will be posted in the near future.

The Vision Initiative will pay for the reasonable and usual travel expenses of Commission members.

The proposed schedule for Commission meetings is:

  • March 19-21, 2018
  • May 30-31, June 1, 2018
  • August 29-30, 2018
  • October 15-16, 2018
  • January 22-23, 2019

The Commission will also have two-hour conference calls between meetings. The Commission will release a draft report for public comment in November 2018 and will submit its final report to ABMS in February 2019.


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