July 24, 2024

American Heart Association Endorses Creation of New American Board of Cardiovascular Medicine

The American Heart Association (AHA) has announced its full support for the proposal to establish a new American Board of Cardiovascular Medicine (ABCVM). The AHA’s national Board of Directors voted in favor of the proposal, which was initially put forth by a consortium of professional societies including the American College of Cardiology (ACC), the Heart Failure Society of America (HFSA), the Heart Rhythm Society (HRS), and the Society for Cardiovascular Angiography & Interventions (SCAI).

The aim of the ABCVM is to provide certification specifically for cardiovascular physicians. The independent board would focus on competency-based training and ongoing certifications that align with the skills needed by cardiovascular physicians. By doing so, it seeks to enhance the quality of care for patients with cardiovascular disease.

The proposal, which was unveiled by the consortium on September 21, 2023, has the backing of the AHA and will be jointly submitted to the American Board of Medical Specialties (ABMS). The ABMS is the recognized authority for physician certification in the United States.

The AHA’s collaboration with the consortium builds on a longstanding relationship with the ACC in developing clinical practice guidelines for cardiovascular care. The leaders of the ABCVM will include representatives from the member organizations of the consortium.

The new certification board will replace the current Maintenance of Certification process of the American Board of Internal Medicine (ABIM). The focus of the ABCVM will be on providing relevant education, training, and support that aligns with the specialization within cardiology and the latest advancements in cardiovascular medicine.

Currently, physician certification by the ABIM is a requirement for employment in large hospitals and health systems. The creation of an independent certification board for cardiovascular medicine aims to ensure that cardiovascular professionals maintain the necessary expertise to deliver high-quality care and improve patient outcomes.

The AHA, which primarily receives funding from individuals, has strict policies in place to prevent any influence from funding sources on the association’s scientific content. The proposal to establish the ABCVM has been welcomed as a positive step forward in advancing cardiovascular medicine and ensuring the highest standard of care for patients.


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