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Nominations to the Council of the American Board of Surgery

Mar. 12, 2021 Media Contact: Alyson Maloney, 215-568-4000

Update April 7, 2021

The window for submitting nominations to the ABS Council is now closed. Thank you to all who have nominated a colleague or submitted a self-nomination.


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The Council of the American Board of Surgery (ABS) is seeking nominees to serve a six-year term. The Council of the ABS consists of approximately 30 members from across the specialties recognized by the ABS. The Council serves as a resource of knowledge, skill, wisdom, and expertise for the organization, and is where issues that cross specialties are discussed.

Council members each serve on one of the five ABS specialty boards (General Surgery Board, Vascular Surgery Board, Pediatric Surgery Board, Complex General Surgical Oncology Board, and Trauma Burns and Critical Care Board) and one of the four Council Committees, these being the Education and Training Committee, the Assessment Committee, the Research Committee, and the Diplomates and Surgeons in Practice Committee. In addition to commitment, availability, loyalty, and ability to keep confidence, individuals with one or more of the following characteristics are sought:

  • Expertise or experience in competency-based medical education
  • Expertise in large grant applications
  • Experience in-training the teachers (related to faculty training in resident assessment)
  • Experience or expertise in DEI implementation
  • Experience on a credentials committee of a society, hospital, or other organization
  • Practice-focus of Pediatric Surgery, Transplant Surgery, Vascular Surgery, Palliative Care, and/or Surgery of the Hand
  • Practice in a rural setting, or a setting without residents
  • Experience as an Associate Examiner for the ABS
  • Experience as an Item Writer for the ABS
  • Prior service on a specialty board or advisory council of the ABS.

Emphasis will be placed on elements of diversity across all dimensions, including race, color, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, national origin, disability or age or other elements that bring a different voice to the table.

The time commitment including exams is approximately 14-16 days/year.

Nominees will be accepted from societies, peers, or self-nomination. All nominations will require a letter of support from an organization or from an ABMS certified physician. Nomination forms and letters of support must be received by ABS no later than Friday, April 2, 2021. Please use the links below to access the Nominator and Nominee forms:

If you have any questions, please contact our communications department.


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