Article XI, Section 4 of the Board’s Bylaws provides that the Board, at its discretion, reserves the right to revoke the Certification and Diplomate status of any physician certified by the Board.
These Procedures are adopted to establish an equitable, nondiscriminatory, and consistent process for considering issues involving the conduct of Diplomates who have been Certified and which might warrant revocation or suspension of Certification and Diplomate status or such other action as may be deemed appropriate in the sole and absolute discretion of the Board.
There are certain circumstances in which the Board will initiate proceedings against an individual holding Board Certification and Diplomate Status. Notwithstanding anything to the contrary contained herein, the Board reserves the right to initiate proceedings against a Diplomate for any reason, regardless of whether that reason is specifically articulated in this Policies and Procedures Manual.
The Board may initiate proceedings against a Diplomate pursuant to this Section 5.1 if: (i) the Board is advised by the Federation of State Medical Boards (“FSMB”) or otherwise becomes aware through any source that one or more licenses of the Diplomate have been revoked, suspended, conditioned, limited, restricted or otherwise subject to conditions, (ii) the Board discovers, either as a result of a complaint, report, or internal investigation, that the Certification issued to a Candidate for Certification may have been the result of a misrepresentation or misunderstanding, concerning the Candidate’s eligibility, qualifications, identity, or other relevant certification requirement, whether or not such misrepresentation or misunderstanding could reasonably have been discovered by the Board before the Certification was granted; or (iii) any other reason as determined by the Board in its sole and absolute discretion.
The ABPM staff, in consultation with the Executive Director, shall initially review all proceedings to determine whether the allegations are sufficient to warrant a further investigation by the Board the result of which could result in disciplinary action being taken by the Board against the Diplomate.
In the case of information received from the FSMB, the Executive Director shall take such action as is required:
1. to confirm that the Diplomate who is identified as the subject of action by a State Medical Board is, in fact, a Diplomate Certified by the Board and holding Diplomate status; and
2. to determine, precisely, the nature, duration and extent of the disciplinary action taken together with such background information as might be relevant to the determination of appropriate sanctions against the Diplomate.
In the case of a proceeding initiated by the Board or other source alleging that a Diplomate was granted Certification and Diplomate status because of a misrepresentation or misunderstanding, the Executive Director shall undertake such investigation as the Executive Director deems to be necessary and appropriate to establish, in the first instance, whether the allegations are sufficient to establish that the Diplomate’s Certification was granted in error.
In all other proceedings pursuant to this Section 5, the Executive Director shall undertake such investigation as the Executive Director deems to be necessary and appropriate given the circumstances of the immediate allegations.
Notice to Diplomate
If it is determined by the Executive Director, after consultation with the Secretary, that the Diplomate who is identified as the subject of action by a State Medical Board is a Diplomate of the Board, the Executive Director shall:
1. notify the Diplomate in writing by Certified Mail or Overnight Mail that the Board has initiated proceedings to revoke the Diplomate’s Certification and Diplomate status;
2. enclose with such notice a copy of the order or other relevant documentation of the State Medical Board which identifies the action taken to revoke, restrict, condition or otherwise limit the Diplomate’s license(s);
3. invite the Diplomate to provide the Board in writing with any further information concerning the status of proceedings before the State Medical Board or any information in explanation or clarification of the action taken by the State Medical Board which the Diplomate desires to provide;
4. provide the Diplomate with a copy of the Procedures for Processing Complaints involving Potential Revocation or Suspension of Certification and Diplomate Status.
If the Executive Director determines that it is possible a Diplomate was granted Certification and Diplomate status because of a misrepresentation or misunderstanding as to the Diplomate’s eligibility, qualifications, identity, or other relevant certification requirement, the Executive Director shall report such determination to the Board. If the Board concurs in the Executive Director’s finding, the Executive Director shall:
1. Notify the Diplomate in writing by Certified Mail or Overnight Mail of the finding and the factual basis therefore;
2. Invite the Diplomate to provide such written response as the Diplomate may care to make to deny, refute, clarify, or otherwise dispute the finding;
3. Provide the Diplomate with a copy of the Procedures for Processing Complaints involving Potential Revocation or Suspension of Certification and Diplomate Status.
Response by Diplomate
The Diplomate shall have thirty (30) days to respond after either (i) the date the return receipt on the Certified Mail indicates that the letter of notification was received by the Diplomate or, (ii) the date the Overnight Mail indicates that the letter of notification was delivered to the Diplomate. The response should include copies of all relevant documentation and the names and addresses of any witnesses or other persons who might have information relevant to the allegations, facts, conduct, misunderstandings, or misrepresentations which are the subject of the proceeding.
The Diplomate’s response should be addressed to the Executive Director of the Board at its office in Chicago, Illinois and must be sent by Certified Mail or Overnight Mail. If the Diplomate requires any further information from the Board to enable the preparation of the response or, because of extenuating circumstances or hardship, requires an extension of time within which to respond, the Diplomate shall address such requests and the justification therefore to the Executive Director at the Chicago office who shall provide such information and time extension as the Executive Director deems necessary and appropriate in the Executive Director’s sole and absolute discretion.
If the Diplomate fails to respond to the Board’s letter of notification within the time provided for in subsection 5.4 above, including any extensions thereof authorized by the Executive Director in writing, and assuming that the subject of the proceeding has not otherwise been resolved, the Board shall conclude that all of the factual allegations of the complaint concerning the Diplomate’s conduct or status are true and shall impose such sanction as the Board, in its sole and absolute discretion deems warranted. The sanction shall be determined by the Board at the meeting immediately following the expiration of the time for the Diplomate to respond to the Board’s letter of notification.
If the Diplomate responds in a timely manner to the Board’s letter of notification and provides information which could refute, correct, clarify, or explain the facts alleged in the complaint together with appropriate documentation, the Executive Director shall submit such information and documentation to the Board. The Board shall review the record so created and request the Executive Director to obtain any additional information from the Diplomate, the State Medical Board, or any other person or organization which could assist the Board in considering the merits of the complaint or the appropriate sanction against the Diplomate.
Upon receipt of all information which the Board requests and is reasonably obtainable, the Board will render a decision and determine an appropriate sanction, if any against the Diplomate.
The decision of the Board shall be final and binding on the Board and the Diplomate. The Diplomate shall be notified of the decision within thirty (30) days after it is rendered by the Board.
In the event of revocation of Certification, the Diplomate shall immediately return the Certificate and all copies thereof to the Board Offices in Chicago and shall remove all references to ABPM Certification from directories, business cards, advertising, and other displays in which the Diplomate is identified as Certified by, or a Diplomate of, the ABPM.
Requests for Reinstatement of Certification after Revocation/Suspension/Sanction
No request for reinstatement of Certification or Diplomate status or other relief from a revocation, suspension, sanction or other disciplinary action taken or otherwise imposed on a Diplomate pursuant to this Policies and Procedures Manual shall be accepted by the Board for a period of two (2) years after the decision is rendered by the Board, unless the terms and conditions of the sanction imposed by the Board allows for a shorter period within which the former Diplomate may seek reinstatement.
Requests for reinstatement of Certification or Diplomate status shall be reviewed by the full Board and the Board shall have the sole power and authority to determine whether the information and documentation is sufficient to grant the requested reinstatement. Such review will require payment by the former Diplomate seeking reinstatement of the then-current Initial Certification application fee. The request for reinstatement should be addressed to the Executive Director of the Board at its office in Chicago, Illinois and must be sent by Certified Mail or Overnight Mail. The written request should provide all relevant information, supporting documentation, and must be accompanied by the required Initial Certification application fee.
Reinstatement will be on a case by case basis but, in each instance, the following general criteria will be included as part of the process.
1. The reason for the revocation, suspension or other sanction of the former Diplomate’s Certificate has been removed, resolved or otherwise satisfied.
2. The former Diplomate must hold an active, valid and unrestricted medical license in all States, US territories, or Canadian Provinces in which the former Diplomate is licensed to practice medicine at the time of reinstatement.
3. The former Diplomate’s MOC Part 2 and Part 4 activities must be current at the time of reinstatement and which time-period shall include the entire time the former Diplomate’s Certificate was revoked, suspended or otherwise sanctioned by the Board.
4. The former Diplomate must have taken and passed an MOC examination in the Diplomate’s Specialty or Subspecialty within three (3) years of the reinstatement date. In this regard, the Board may make reinstatement subject to the former Diplomate passing the MOC examination.
5. The Diplomate must pay ABPM the then-current reinstatement fee.
Determinations made by the Board pursuant to this subsection shall be binding on the Board and the former Diplomate and not subject to further review.
A reinstated Certificate will be dated from the effective date of the Board’s reinstatement and, subject to the Diplomate’s continued compliance with all licensure requirements, the ABPM’s Policies and Procedures Manual, and all other ABPM certification requirements and policies as they may exist from time to time, will remain valid through the ending date which is ten (10) years from the date the Diplomate’s Certificate was most recently issued/renewed prior to it being revoked, suspended or sanctioned by the Board.
All reinstated Certificates shall be subject to the Bylaws, all licensure requirements, the ABPM’s Policies and Procedures Manual, and all other ABPM certification requirements and policies as they may exist from time to time.
Reinstatement of Certification after Revocation/Suspension/Sanction of a Non-Time-Limited Certificate
Requests for reinstatement of a Non-Time Limited Certificate shall be governed by this Section of this Policies and Procedures Manual.
In the event a Diplomate holding a Non-Time Limited Certificate has such Certificate revoked or suspended pursuant to this Policies and Procedures Manual, such Certificate, if reinstated by the Board, shall become a Time-Limited Certificate. The Diplomate’s Time-Limited Certificate will have an effective date beginning on the first day of the month after the date of reinstatement and, subject to the Diplomate’s continued compliance with all licensure requirements, the ABPM’s Policies and Procedures Manual, and all other ABPM certification requirements and policies as they may exist from time to time (including but not limited to MOC requirements), will remain valid through a date certain as determined by the Board in its sole and absolute discretion.
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|An MPH Degree?*|
|An ABMS Board Certification|
|Practice Years Required||3||3||4||5||6||8|
Credentials: MPH Degree, An ABMS Board Certification
Practice Years Required: 3
Credentials: Residency, An ABMS Board Certification
Practice Years Required: 3
Credentials: MPH Degree
Practice Years Required: 4
Practice Years Required: 5
Credentials: An ABMS Board Certification
Practice Years Required: 6
Credentials: No MPH Degree, No ABMS Board Certification, No Residency
Practice Years Required: 8
*Without an MPH degree, you are still required to complete coursework (worth 3 credits each) in epidemiology, biostatistics, health services administration, environmental health sciences, and social and behavioral sciences. Total practice years refers to the amount of practice time in the specialty area for which certification is being sought.