ABVM General Examination

ABVM Endovascular Examination

Eligibility Requirements:
    A.     All candidates for certification must possess a valid, unrestricted, and unchallenged medical license in the jurisdiction where they practice
    B.     Hold current primary board certification (ABIM, AOBIM)
    C.     Meet training requirements for vascular medicine (see below)
    D.     Pay the required examination fee (ABVM-GE)
Certification Process to attain status as Diplomate of ABVM:
    A.     Meet all of the eligibility requirements
    B.     Pass the computer-based general vascular medicine examination
Training Requirements:
    A.    Formal Training Pathway
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        1.    

Cardiology fellowship in an accredited program that includes formal vascular medicine training (Level 2) as outlined in the Clinical Competence document of the American College of Cardiology -OR- vascular medicine fellowship training program of at least 12 months duration that meets the requirements endorsed by the SVMB (Vasc Med 2003; 8:47-52)
        2.     A letter of documentation from the program director and copy of the fellowship certificate are required.
        3.     Physicians enrolled in three year vascular medicine fellowships are required to complete at least one year of training before applying for the general vascular medicine exam.
    B.    Practice Training Pathway
  The practice pathway will be available through 2016.
        1.     General internal medicine or a subspecialty of internal medicine (Cardiology, Hematology, Nephrology, etc.) -AND-
        2.     Demonstration of commitment to the care of vascular patients by:   
a.   Dedication of at least 50% of practice to vascular medicine -OR-
b.   Active involvement in vascular medicine research
        3.     Documentation of clinical competency 
The Board requires documentation by the local department chair or a physician colleague in the respective discipline who
a.   has detailed and intimate knowledge of the physician's practice pattern and level of expertise in vascular medicine within the local medical community.
    C.    Eligibility of Non-ABIM/ABOM          Candidates
  Candidates holding primary board certification from organizations other than the American Board of Internal Medicine or the American Board of Osteopathic Medicine, including those certified outside the United States, will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis. In general, special approval of eligibility for the examination in general vascular medicine will be granted only when all of the following conditions are satisfied:
        1.     Successful completion of formal fellowship training in vascular medicine in a recognized program in the U.S.
        2.     At least one year of practice in vascular medicine beyond the fellowship period.
        3.     A record of training others in vascular medicine in an established educational program.
Eligibility Requirements:
    A.     Must possess a valid, unrestricted license to practice medicine in the jurisdiction of practice.
    B.     Hold current primary board certification (ABIM, ABOIM, ABS, ABR) or specialty board certification in Cardiology, Cardiothoracic Surgery, Interventional Radiology, Vascular Surgery or Vascular Medicine (ABVM General Examination).
    C.     Meet the training requirements for peripheral intervention through either the practice pathway or fellowship training pathway as outlined below.
    D.     Attestation of privileges or fellowship training statement as outlined below.
    E.     Pay the required examination (ABVM Endovascular Examination) fee.
Certification Process to attain status as Diplomate of ABVM:
    A.     Meet all of the eligibility requirements.
    B.    Pass the computer-based endovascular examination
Training Requirements:      
             
  PRACTICE PATHWAY
    A. Active hospital privileges for diagnostic and interventional peripheral procedures.
    B. Performance of peripheral interventional procedures during the 12 months immediately prior to application.
    C.     Performance of at least 100 diagnostic peripheral arteriograms with at least 50 as the primary operator at the attending physician level (cases performed as a trainee are not counted toward this total) in the hospital where the applicant holds privileges. All qualifying procedures must have been performed within two years of application. Fifty percent of qualifying procedures must have been performed within the 12 month period immediately prior to application.
    D.     Performance of at least 50 therapeutic peripheral interventional procedures, at least 25 as the primary operator at the attending physician level (cases performed as a trainee are not counted toward this total) in the hospital where the applicant holds privileges. All qualifying procedures must have been performed within the 24 month period immediately prior to application.
                     -OR-
  FELLOWSHIP TRAINING PATHWAY
    A. Successful completion of a formal ABIM-accredited fellowship that included training in peripheral interventional procedures within three years of application.
    B.     Performance of the requisite number of diagnostic (100) and therapeutic (50) peripheral interventional procedures, at least half as primary operator.
    C.     Written attestation of acceptable performance of peripheral procedures by the fellowship program director.
    D. Counting of cases and procedures follow the guidelines outlined in the COCATS-2 document published by the American College of Cardiology (www.vascularweb.org/practiceresources/
Documents/Credentialing%20Resources/
Clinical_Competence_ACC.pdf
).
    E. If application is greater than three years from the completion of fellowship, then additional documentation of case volumes since fellowship is required and must meet the criteria specified for the Practice Pathway. This documentation will require a letter of attestation from the Director of the Cardiac Catheterization Laboratory or Chief of Medical Staff in the hospital where privileges are held and the procedures were performed.