Continuing certification should be integral to physicians’ self-regulation and their professional identity. In a transparent process that includes significant input from a diverse audience, the Vision Initiative will assess the current state of continuing board certification and envision its framework for the future as a process that is valued by physicians, patients, hospitals and health systems.

GOALS OF THE VISION INITIATIVE

The Vision Initiative will foster an inclusive, open, collaborative and candid dialogue across stakeholder groups, to:

  • Consider a range of principles, frameworks and program models for continuing board certification
  • Be responsive to the needs of those who rely on the credential: patients, hospitals, and medical practices
  • Be relevant, meaningful and of value to physicians
  • Create meaningful recommendations for ABMS and its Member Boards

FOUNDATIONAL ASSUMPTIONS

The organizations and participants in the process are committed to:

  • Professional self-regulation as both a privilege and a responsibility
  • The role of continuing board certification as part of the professional self-regulatory system