Visiting Scholars

Applications for 2020-2021 ABMS Visiting Scholars Program Now Available

Applications for 2020-2021 ABMS Visiting Scholars Program Now Available

The American Board of Medical Specialties (ABMS) is accepting applications for the 2020-2021 ABMS Visiting Scholars Program™.

Visiting Scholars Informational Webinar Postponed

Due to the novel coronavirus outbreak (COVID-19), the March 25 informational webinar about the 2020-2021 ABMS Visiting Scholars Program has been postponed (new date to be determined). In the meantime, the 2019–2020 informational webinar describes the benefits for Scholars and their institutions, alumni experiences, and what makes a successful candidate.

Visiting Scholars Application Deadline Moved

The application deadline for the 2020–2021 ABMS Visiting Scholars Program has been moved from Friday, May 8 to Friday, June 5, 2020 at 5:00 pm (CT). It is expected that the Visiting Scholars will be named in July 2020, according to the original schedule.


The ABMS Visiting Scholars Program positions early career physicians, and others with relevant advanced degrees, as future health care leaders. The program facilitates research in areas relevant to physician assessment, performance and quality improvement, continuing professional development, and initial and continuing certification.

The one-year, part-time program provides the Visiting Scholars with opportunities to:

  • Conduct research of value to their programs and organizations
  • Develop professional relationships with ABMS and its Member Boards, and other leading professional health care organizations
  • Have their work nationally recognized and disseminated

Remaining at their home institutions and organizations, the Visiting Scholars will participate in program webinars and pursue their research projects in collaboration with identified mentors. They also will attend two three-day meetings with ABMS and Member Board leaders and the leadership of ABMS Associate Members, among others. Once the year is over, scholars can continue their ties with the Boards Community through an alumni network. Visiting Scholars will receive a financial award of $12,500 to support their research and program participation.

The Visiting Scholars Program is open to early career physicians; junior faculty; fellows; residents; and individuals holding a master or doctorate degree in public health, health services research, public health policy, and administration or other related disciplines.