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News and Announcements

CALL FOR PUBLIC COMMENTS: The American Board of Medical Specialties (ABMS) has opened its 80-day “Draft Standards for Continuing Certification – Call for Comments”, beginning today through Thursday, July 8, 2021 at 11:59 p.m. CST. The “Call for Comment” is actively seeking input and feedback from all stakeholders who possess, use, or rely upon the board certification credential as an indicator of a diplomate’s professionalism and proficiency in specialty knowledge and skills. The feedback received will guide and inform the development of the final Draft Standards for Continuing Certification (“Draft Standards”), which will be considered by the ABMS Board of Directors in October 2021.

EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR SEARCH: The American Board of Colon and Rectal Surgery (ABCRS) seeks a highly respected and accomplished colon and rectal surgeon to serve as its next Executive Director. The selected individual will replace current ABCRS Executive Director Bruce G. Wolff, MD, whose tenure is ending. The position is expected to be filled in 2021, with the selected candidate formally taking office in September 2022. Click Executive Director Search for a full job description. Interested applicants should submit cover letter and resume in confidence to: Scott R. Steele, MD via email. Inquiries should also be directed to Scott R. Steele, MD.

Statement on Racism

“The ABCRS stands with the American Board of Surgery and the American Board of Medical Specialties in their condemnation of racism and recognition of its harm.”

American Board of Surgery Statement
The American Board of Surgery stands with the medical community to decry the sickness of racism. We acknowledge that systemic racism in this country damages the health, welfare, safety, and very lives of people of color and therefore our whole society. We affirm our commitment to identify and work to eliminate the impact of racism in our organization, our profession, and our country.

American Board of Medical Specialties Statement
The American Board of Medical Specialties (ABMS) and its 24 Member Boards believe that the institutionalized racism and the violence against communities of color haunting our nation and our culture for centuries is a public health issue that must be addressed.

The trauma of violence and intolerance has a cumulative, direct impact on the health and well-being of a person and is associated with a higher incidence of chronic illness and lower life expectancy. That, coupled with social disparities that limit access to quality care, leave minority communities—especially those of color—vulnerable to systemic health issues as witnessed during the novel coronavirus pandemic.

As a health care community, we must stand against all forms of discrimination and violent acts based on intolerance. We are committed to working together to bring about fair and equal access to health care resources and to establish a system that supports the health and well-being of all our communities regardless of their race, religion, or sexual orientation.

COVID-19 UPDATES

ABCRS will be updating COVID-19 information as it becomes available.  ABCRS is monitoring the situation on a regular basis and will make decisions regarding Initial and Continuing Certification requirements accordingly.    At this time, please contact the ABCRS office via email with any questions or concerns.

WHAT ABCRS DOES FOR DIPLOMATES

As a Diplomate of the American Board of Colon and Rectal Surgery, you are recognized nationally and internationally as a specialist in management of diseases of the colon and rectum. Our diplomates have attained the highest certification in this specialty, and through participation in Continuous Certification, demonstrate their expert qualifications in the field of Colon and Rectal Surgery. The Board activities have at the core the commitment to protect and promulgate the acknowledged expertise of ABCRS diplomates in caring for patients with diseases of the colon and rectum. Visit What ABCRS Does For Diplomates for more information.

Purposes and Functions of the Board

The American Board of Colon and Rectal Surgery was established to promote the health and welfare of the American people through the development and maintenance of high standards for certification in the specialty of colon and rectal surgery.

To accomplish this, the Board:

Determines that candidates possess proper qualifications before taking the examination for certification or maintenance of certification.
Conducts examinations to determine the ability and fitness to practice the specialty of colon and rectal surgery.
Awards certificates to those candidates who fulfill its requirements.

 

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