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Nominations to the Council of the American Board of Surgery

Oct. 19, 2021 Media Contact: Alyson Maloney, 215-568-4000

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, or Trauma Burns and Critical Care Board) and one of the four Council Committees, (Education and Training Committee, Assessment Committee, Research Committee, or 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 implementation science
  • Experience in individual practice improvement
  • Experience or expertise in physician wellness/burnout
  • Experience in international GME
  • Experience in under-served/critical access
  • Practice-focus of Pediatric Surgery, Transplant Surgery, Vascular Surgery, Palliative Care, and/or Surgery of the Hand
  • Canadian diplomate with an American board certification
  • 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 (i.e., completion of the Nominate/Support Form) from either an organization or from an ABMS certified physician. Both the nominator and nominee forms must be completed for each candidate by November 29, 2021. Please use the links below to access the Nominator and Nominee forms:

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