Tuesday, June 5, 2012

ABMS Board Eligibility Periods and Transition Dates

Last week, the American Board of Medical Specialties (ABMS) published their "ABMS Board Eligibility Periods and Transition Dates." Most physicians have between 5 to 7 years to remain "board eligible" before they must either: 1) become board certified, or 2) start over. I'm over-simplifying, but gone are the days of being grandfathered into a "board eligible" status (BE or board eligible was never formally recognized by the ABMS until now).

When you see a job advertisement that specifies that a physician must be BE or BC, you'll know what they're talking about:

BE = board eligible
BC = board certified

The ABMS Board Eligibility Policy can be viewed here.

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