Call for Sessions Is Now Open

ABMS Conference 2019: Innovations in Assessment, Learning and Improvement will attract more than 500 health care professionals, including key leaders and stakeholders from across the health care continuum. ABMS Conference 2019 will accelerate the transformation of Board Certification and the delivery of quality patient care.

ABMS invites its Member Boards and professionals in the areas of assessment and evaluation, patient advocacy, continuing professional development, patient safety, health policy and research, and practice improvement to submit sessions for ABMS Conference 2019. This is an excellent opportunity to disseminate innovative work and strategies that support the value of Board Certification for all stakeholders.

All accepted presenters will be required to register for ABMS Conference 2019 at the early bird registration rate.

The ABMS Conference 2019 Program Planning Committee seeks high-quality sessions that advance best practices in assessment of physicians' knowledge, competence, and performance. Educational sessions may be of original research, evidence-based practices, or encore presentations of previously presented education sessions designed to meet the needs of the target audience. Sessions may support the suggested topics (below) but all submissions that support best practices and innovations in physician assessment will be considered.

Submission Deadline
March 10, 2019 11:59 PM (CT)

Download a Sample Submission Form (PDF)


1. Innovations in Assessment, Measurement and Evaluation of Physician Competence

  • Portfolio-based Assessments

    • Competency-based Assessments

    • Patient-reported Outcomes

    • Peer Review and Feedback Strategies

    • Simulation and Direct Observation

  • Longitudinal Assessment Programs (LAPs)

    • Performance Standard-setting Methodologies

    • Programmatic Design Elements

    • Summative Decisions: Evaluation on and Effectiveness of LAPs

    • Research Design Elements to Support LAP Outcomes Research

  • International Revalidation Methodologies

  • Journal-article-based Assessments

  • Advances in Specialty Medicine Assessments

  • Innovative Approaches to Assessing Professionalism

    • Engaging the Public Voice

  • Novel Approaches to Assessing Physicians’ Competence in the Future

  • Best Practices and Innovations for Initial Certification

    • Alignment with Entrustable Professional Activities (EPAs), ACGME Milestones, or other resident-assessment tracking systems

    • Ensuring training mirrors practice

    • Collaboration with Residency programs to prepare residents for initial certification (e.g., training exams, qualifying exams, patient simulations)

2. Competency-based Continuing Professional Development Across the Certification System

  • Self-directed Learning Plans: e-Portfolios (Platforms and Pathways)

  • Workplace-based Assessments

  • Value-based Care: Quality, Performance and Outcome Measures

  • CPD Accreditation Systems

    • Team-based Care Assessments

    • Professionalism and Physician Well-being Assessments

    • Assessing Leadership Competencies

3. Optimizing Best Practices in Board Certification Operations

  • Addressing Organizational Standards

  • Diplomate Engagement and Feedback Strategies

  • Consumer and Patient Engagement Strategies

  • Leveraging Public Policy and Advocacy Strategies

  • Communications and Marketing Best Practices

  • Evaluation of Continuing Certification Programs and Processes: Commitment to Continuous Quality Improvement (CQI)

  • Partners in the Continuing Certification System

  • Human Resources

4. Leveraging Board Certification to Advance Quality, Performance and Patient Outcomes

  • Portfolio Program

  • Research and Education Foundation

  • Practice Improvement: Methods and Strategies

5. The Impact of Data and Analytics on Board Certification

  • Big Data

  • Health Information IT

  • Interoperability and IT Exchanges

  • Data Analytics to Inform Certification Outcomes

  • Data Strategies to Support the Value of Continuing Certification Programs


  • January 23, 2019: Call for Sessions opens

  • March 10, 2019: Session submission deadline

  • April 22, 2019: Latest date authors will be notified of review decisions


Oral Presentations (15 minutes)
Oral presentations will be grouped together by themes. Each one-hour session will include multiple oral presentations and a facilitated Q&A time with the audience (one presenter per submission).

Didactic/Panel Discussions (60 minutes)
Didactic and panel discussions will be lecture-based and will include a facilitated Q&A time with the audience (maximum of three presenters).


Download a Sample Submission Form (PDF)

  1. Click on Submit Session and follow the instructions.

  2. Enter your information as the session lead.

  3. Enter additional presenters (if applicable).

  4. Enter your session details.

  5. Review the final session summary.

  6. Click Submit.

  7. To save your work, use the options located on the bottom of each page.

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