ABMS releases statement on competency-based medical education

The American Board of Medical Specialties (ABMS) released the following statement on September 22…

“In response to the extraordinary circumstances and disruptions in residency and fellowship training programs across the country due to the novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, the American Board of Medical Specialties (ABMS) is offering guidance and clear expectations surrounding competency-based medical education. The recommendations, developed by a Task Force with representatives from ABMS and the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education, were created for program directors, designated institutional officials and ABMS Member Boards, and acknowledge that while traditional, time-based or volume-based competency measures may require modification, there must always be a trusted and practical means of determining that a resident or fellow is ready to progress to the next phase of his/her professional career.

“Adopted by both organizations, we have posted these guidelines on our website and encourage you to share them with your key stakeholders as appropriate. Please feel free to contact me or ABMS Senior Vice President, Certification Standards and Programs, Greg Ogrinc, MD, MS at gogrinc@ABMS.ORG with any questions.”


Richard E. Hawkins, M.D.
President and Chief Executive Officer
American Board of Medical Specialties