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Early Career PM&R Diplomates: Apply to be an ABMS Visiting Scholar

Are you looking to advance your leadership and research skills and contribute to advancing specialty certification?

• Consult with research and data science subject matter experts

• Learn from national thought leaders in medical education, certification, and health policy

• Build a professional network of colleagues across the certification community

• Participate in ABMS community meetings, events, and professional health care forums

• Engage with research dissemination strategists across the certification community

The American Board of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation (ABPMR) Foundation has committed to sponsoring an ABMS (American Board of Medical Specialties) Scholar for the 2024-2025 academic year. The ABMS Visiting Scholars Program™ supports the research of early-career physicians and research professionals and facilitates leadership development through engagement with ABMS and the broader certification community.

Research priorities of the ABMS certification community include competency-based medical education and assessments, equity and diversity across the health care continuum, diagnostic excellence, and physician engagement in quality improvement and patient safety initiatives.

During the year-long program, the Visiting Scholars remain at their home institutions and work with self-selected mentors. They participate in monthly webinars where they provide research project updates to their peers, a select panel of subject matter experts, and Visiting Scholars alumni who provide guidance, support, and feedback to barriers they may be experiencing in their research work. You also have the opportunity to attend in-person leadership meetings and present your research findings before a national audience at the ABMS Conference.


Early-career physicians, junior faculty, fellows, and residents are eligible, as well as individuals holding master or doctorate degrees in public health, health services research, educational evaluation and statistics, public health policy and administration, and Veterans Affairs trainees and researchers.


Your project can be ongoing or launching and may build on one at your home institution. A research mentor must be selected. An award of $15,000 is provided to support the direct costs of research and travel expenses associated with program participation.

Applications for the 2024-2025 are now open! Visit the ABMS website for more details.

Interested but want more information? There will be a free educational webinar on April 23, 2024 at 5:00pm CST. Register here!

Originally Published: February 09, 2024