Vision Commission Reviewing Public Comments, Preparing Final Report

The public comment period for the draft report of the Continuing Board Certification: Vision for the Future Commission closed on Tuesday, January 15 at 11:00 pm CT. The Commission expects to present the final report to ABMS in February 2019.

Continuing Board Certification: Vision for the Future is a collaborative effort that brings together multiple stakeholders to envision a system that is responsive to the needs of those who rely on it and that is relevant, meaningful and of value to physicians.

This ‘Vision Initiative’ includes physicians, professional medical organizations, national specialty and state medical societies, hospitals and health systems, the general public and patients, and the 24 Member Boards of the American Board of Medical Specialties (ABMS). Together, they comprise a Commission that is leading the effort throughout 2018 and early 2019.

The Commission invited and received extensive input from stakeholders. On this site, you may review public testimony that helps inform the future of board certification, and download a copy of the draft report released in December 2018. Stay informed about the Commission’s work: sign up now to receive monthly email updates.

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The Planning Committee:

  • Drafted the charge to the Commission
  • Gathered initial feedback from multiple stakeholders
  • Established the Commission
  • Developed a set of questions for the Commission to address


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The Commission:

  • Included stakeholders in a transparent process
  • Gathered information, held hearings, and addressed the Commission’s charge
  • Conducted a national survey
  • Examined how physicians learn and are assessed today
  • Considered how to incorporate new knowledge and clinical information in programs, to help physicians stay up to date in their specialty
  • Considered recent advances in educational psychology that may support physicians’ autonomy, mastery and purpose



Expected Commission Outcomes:

  • Recommendations regarding principles, frameworks and program models for a continuing board certification system that is meaningful and relevant to practice for physicians and helps to improve care for patients
  • A report with recommendations that will be presented to the American Board of Medical Specialties (ABMS) and its 24 Member Boards for their consideration