American Board of Dermatology Inc

Newton Center, MA   |  https://www.abderm.org

Mission

The American Board of Dermatology exists to serve the public by setting high standards for dermatologists to earn and maintain Board certification. The American Board of Dermatology is a voluntary, non-profit, private, autonomous organization formed for the primary purpose of protecting the public interest by establishing and maintaining high standards of training, education, and qualifications of physicians rendering care in dermatology. The objective of all of its activities is to provide assurance that a diplomate of the Board possesses and maintains the knowledge and skills essential for the provision of superior, specialized care to patients with cutaneous diseases.

Ruling year info

1945

Executive Director

Randall K. Roenigk M.D.

Main address

2 Wells Ave

Newton Center, MA 02459 USA

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EIN

13-1549125

NTEE code info

Alliance/Advocacy Organizations (B01)

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Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Initial Certification in General Dermatology

The ABD certifies physicians in General Dermatology who have completed a minimum of four years of postgraduate training (including three years of dermatology residency) in a program accredited by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) or the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada (RCPSC) or possess the standard certificate of the Educational Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates. The candidate must hold a currently valid, full, and unrestricted license to practice medicine or osteopathy in his/her state or province of residence. The candidate must pass a series of exams of general dermatology knowledge. Upon successfully completing residency, s/he also must pass an APPLIED Exam, demonstrating s/he can apply knowledge to practice. Upon completing residency and passing the required exams, candidates are awarded certification, verifying that they have demonstrated sufficient professional ability to practice competently, ethically and independently.

Population(s) Served
Adults
Children and youth

The ABD certifies dermatologists in subspecialties who are certified in general dermatology and have completed an additional 12-month training program in a dermatology subspecialty. Candidates must pass a demanding examination in their subspecialty. Subspecialties include Dermatopathology, Pediatric Dermatology, Micrographic Dermatologic Surgery (MDS).

Population(s) Served
Adults
Children and youth

To keep their certification current, the ABD requires board-certified dermatologists to complete activities designed to provide learning and practice improvement opportunities. These activities include continuing medical education (CME) hours, periodic self-assessment, practice improvement activities, and assessment. The ABD now offers CertLink, a longitudinal assessment platform designed to be both educational and evaluative, in lieu of the Continuing Certification examination taken at a testing center.

Population(s) Served
Adults
Children and youth

Where we work

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Number of physicians who achieve certification in Dermatology or a Dermatology subspecialty

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Students

Related Program

Initial Certification in General Dermatology

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Context Notes

This number represents physicians who have completed dermatology residency and passed the initial board certification exam on their first attempt.

Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

The American Board of Dermatology exists to serve the public by setting high standards for dermatologists and dermatology subspecialists by establishing and maintaining high standards of training, education and qualifications of physicians rendering care in dermatology. The objective of all of its activities is to provide assurance that a diplomate of the Board possesses and maintains the knowledge and skills essential for the provision of superior, specialized care to patients with cutaneous diseases. Through assessments and continuing certification activities, the Board aims to support dermatologists and dermatology subspecialists by providing tools for life-long learning in dermatology.

1. Establishing requirements for post-doctoral training in Dermatology, Dermatopathology (in concert with the American Board of Pathology), Pediatric Dermatology, and Micrographic Surgery and Dermatologic Oncology.

2. Participating, through the Residency Review Committee for Dermatology, in the accreditation of Dermatology, Dermatopathology and Micrographic Surgery and Dermatologic Oncology training programs.

3. Participating in the assessment and approval of fellowships in Pediatric Dermatology.

4. Monitoring the training of each candidate as documented in annual progress reports submitted by directors of residency and fellowship training programs.

5. Creating and supplying to program directors in dermatology an annual in-training examination used to monitor the progress of trainees.

6. Assessing the credentials of candidates who apply voluntarily for certification and maintenance of certification in Dermatology or subspecialty certification and maintenance of certification in Dermatopathology or Pediatric Dermatology.

7. Creating and conducting comprehensive examinations to determine the competence of physicians who meet the eligibility requirements for certification and continuing certification in Dermatology or subspecialty certification and continuing certification in Dermatopathology (in concert with the American Board of Pathology) or Pediatric Dermatology.

8. Issuing an appropriate certificate to those dermatologists who meet the requirements of the Board and satisfactorily complete the certifying and maintenance of certification examination in Dermatology, and subspecialty certification and maintenance of certification examinations in Dermatopathology and Pediatric Dermatology.

9. Developing, conducting and monitoring continuing certification programs for the physicians who have been issued time-limited certificates in Dermatology, Dermatopathology and Pediatric Dermatology, and for diplomates with lifetime certification who elect to pursue continuing certification voluntarily.

The ABD works in concert with the American Board of Medical Specialties, the Association of Graduate Medical Education, leaders at accredited dermatology training programs, and others to establish standards and develop programs to help candidates for certification and certified dermatologists meet these standards.
The ABD relies on a part-time executive committee and more than 70 certified dermatologists who volunteer to help write test questions, develop exams, set policies, and lead the work of the ABD.

The ABD has made significant progress in areas serving candidates for certification for for certified dermatologists, known as diplomates.
The ABD has developed and implemented a new Staged Pathway to Initial Certification, replacing in-training exams with a BASIC Exam taken in the spring of a resident's first year of training. This is followed by CORE Exam modules, all four of which must be passed during the second and/or third year of training. These modules assess whether a candidate for certification has attained the core knowledge a practicing dermatologist is expected to have. Once all four CORE Exam modules have been passed and residency training has been completed, a candidate is eligible to sit the the APPLIED Exam, which assess how well a candidate for certification can applly their knowledge in clinical scenarios relevant to the practice of general dermatology. The first APPLIED Exam was administered in October 2021.
Also, the ABD has developed CertLink, an alternative to the high stakes exam diplomates once had to pass every 10 years. Through CertLink, diplomates access a secure portal to answer 13 questions every 3 months. The process is both educational and evaluative. Written references and online resources may be used while answering the questions and immediate feedback is provided. The CertLink exam is design to support and encourage life-long learning for dermatologists.

How we listen

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Seeking feedback from people served makes programs more responsive and effective. Here’s how this organization is listening.

done We shared information about our current feedback practices.
  • Who are the people you serve with your mission?

    Patients, diplomates of the American Board of Dermatology, residents and fellows in training who become candidates for certification, program directors and dermatology training programs, public (including payors and the government), ABMS member board communities, ABD community (including test communities and other volunteer activities), professional specialty societies in dermatology.

  • How is your organization collecting feedback from the people you serve?

    Electronic surveys (by email, tablet, etc.), Paper surveys, Focus groups or interviews (by phone or in person), Case management notes, Community meetings/Town halls, Constituent (client or resident, etc.) advisory committees, Suggestion box/email,

  • How is your organization using feedback from the people you serve?

    To identify and remedy poor client service experiences, To identify bright spots and enhance positive service experiences, To make fundamental changes to our programs and/or operations, To inform the development of new programs/projects, To identify where we are less inclusive or equitable across demographic groups, To strengthen relationships with the people we serve, To understand people's needs and how we can help them achieve their goals,

  • What significant change resulted from feedback?

    The ABD has added communication capabilities to become more effective in providing useful communication to diplomates and to engage stakeholders more effectively. The ABD has increased the number of informational emails and established a "Perspectives" section on our website to explain the reasoning behind and anticipated outcomes of new programs. The ABD also has set up an email address for feedback ([email protected]) to encourage more comments and questions from diplomates, and we respond directly as appropriate.

  • With whom is the organization sharing feedback?

    The people we serve, Our staff, Our board, Our community partners,

  • How has asking for feedback from the people you serve changed your relationship?

    Feedback from the people we serve has resulted in many changes. One example is the move away from the requirement to pass a high-stakes exam every 10 years. Most diplomates (certified dermatologists) spent significant time and resources preparing for the exam. The ABD has replaced it with CertLink, an online, open-book assessment. Diplomates access a secure portal to answer 13 multiple-choice questions every 3 months. The process is both educational and evaluative. Written references and online resources may be used while answering the questions and immediate feedback is provided.

  • Which of the following feedback practices does your organization routinely carry out?

    We collect feedback from the people we serve at least annually, We take steps to get feedback from marginalized or under-represented people, We aim to collect feedback from as many people we serve as possible, We take steps to ensure people feel comfortable being honest with us, We look for patterns in feedback based on people’s interactions with us (e.g., site, frequency of service, etc.), We engage the people who provide feedback in looking for ways we can improve in response, We act on the feedback we receive, We tell the people who gave us feedback how we acted on their feedback, We ask the people who gave us feedback how well they think we responded,

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    We don't have any major challenges to collecting feedback,

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American Board of Dermatology Inc

Board of directors
as of 11/4/2021
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Dr. Hensin Tsao

Boston, MA

Term: 2021 - 2022

Edward Cowen

Potomac, MD

David Allen

Ogden, UT

Chris Bichakjian

Ann Arbor, MI

Anna Bruckner

Aurora, CO

Keith Choate

New Haven, CT

Karynne Duncan

St. Helena, CA

Tammie Ferringer

Danville, PA

Mercedes Gonzalez

Coral Gables, FL

Warren Heymann

Marlton, NJ

Christine Ko

New Haven, CT

Moise Levy

Austin, TX

Julia Nunley

Richmond, VA

Mary Stone

Iowa City, IA

Allison Vidimos

Cleveland, OH

Carl Washington

Decatur, GA

Bruce Bartels

Jaffrey, NH

Stephen Purcell

Allentown, PA

Jason Castillo

Clovis, CA

Board leadership practices

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Yes
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? No

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 9/2/2021,

Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? GuideStar partnered on this section with CHANGE Philanthropy and Equity in the Center.

Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Male, Not transgender (cisgender)
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

No data

Gender identity

No data

 

No data

Sexual orientation

No data

Disability

No data

Equity strategies

Last updated: 08/31/2021

GuideStar partnered with Equity in the Center - an organization that works to shift mindsets, practices, and systems to increase racial equity - to create this section. Learn more

Data
  • We review compensation data across the organization (and by staff levels) to identify disparities by race.
  • We ask team members to identify racial disparities in their programs and / or portfolios.
  • We analyze disaggregated data and root causes of race disparities that impact the organization's programs, portfolios, and the populations served.
  • We disaggregate data to adjust programming goals to keep pace with changing needs of the communities we support.
  • We employ non-traditional ways of gathering feedback on programs and trainings, which may include interviews, roundtables, and external reviews with/by community stakeholders.
  • We have long-term strategic plans and measurable goals for creating a culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.
Policies and processes
  • We use a vetting process to identify vendors and partners that share our commitment to race equity.
  • We have a promotion process that anticipates and mitigates implicit and explicit biases about people of color serving in leadership positions.
  • We seek individuals from various race backgrounds for board and executive director/CEO positions within our organization.
  • We have community representation at the board level, either on the board itself or through a community advisory board.
  • We help senior leadership understand how to be inclusive leaders with learning approaches that emphasize reflection, iteration, and adaptability.
  • We engage everyone, from the board to staff levels of the organization, in race equity work and ensure that individuals understand their roles in creating culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.