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6/15/2021

The American Board of Medical Specialties Comments on Draft Standards for Continuing Certification

The American Board of Medical Specialties (ABMS) has opened an 80-day Draft Standards for Continuing Certification – Call for Comments to obtain input and feedback from all who possess, use, or rely upon the board certification credential as an indicator of a diplomate’s professionalism and proficiency in specialty knowledge and skills. The “Call for Comments” will be open from Tuesday, April 20, 2021 through Thursday, July 8, 2021 at 11:59 p.m. CST. Feedback received will guide and inform the development of the final Draft Standards for Continuing Certification (“Draft Standards”), which will be considered by the ABMS Board of Directors in October 2021.

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5/12/2021

ABAI Board of Directors Launch Strategic Plan for 2021–2026

On March 5, 2021, the ABAI Board of Directors approved the organization's comprehensive five-year strategic plan.

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5/4/2021

ABAI’s Virtual Annual Meeting Update Workshop for the AAAAI

ABAI would like to extend the following invitation to those who were unable to attend the 2021 AAAAI Virtual Annual Meeting ABAI Update Workshop.

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4/21/2021

2021 Update for ABAI COVID-19 Accommodations

Nearly a year ago, the ABAI Board of Directors took a bold and early move to provide a series of accommodations in recognition of the barriers and duress both diplomates and certification exam candidates faced in the early months of the pandemic.

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3/5/2021

Women's History Month Highlight

ABAI wishes to extend congratulations to Dr. Mary Beth Fasano, Dr. Luz Fonacier and Dr. Giselle Mosnaim.

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2/18/2021

New Additions to the CAP Pilot

Beginning with this current CAP block (CAP 2021 – Block 1) two new features have been added.

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2/3/2021

Pushing Forward in 2021

After experiencing an unforeseen year, Ms. Chelsey Williams is looking forward to what 2021 has to offer the American Board of Allergy and Immunology.

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1/21/2021

Become a CAP Test Writing Committee (TWC) Member

ABAI will begin accepting applications for the CAP Test Writing Committee (TWC) to help meet the ongoing demand for article-based and core questions in March 2021.

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1/8/2021

ABAI Welcomes Dr. Lieberman to the Board

Jay Lieberman, MD, currently serves as an Associate Professor at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center and LeBonheur Children’s Hospital.

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1/8/2021

ABAI Welcomes Dr. Wallace to the Board

Dana V. Wallace, MD, ABAI-certified, FAAAAI, FACAAI, is an Associate Professor at Nova Southeastern University College of Allopathic Medicine.

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12/17/2020

ABAI Director Appreciation Post

On behalf of the ABAI Board of Directors and Staff, I would like to extend our deepest appreciation and congratulations on a job well done to Dr.’s Ted Freeman and Kathleen May, completing their term as Director on December 31, 2020.

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9/2/2020

Wishing Mr. Vapniarek a Wonderful Retirement

ABAI congratulates Mr. Lawrence "Larry" Vapniarek on the occasion of his retirement on August 31st, after more than 14 years of dedicated selfless service to the organization as its Chief Operating Officer.

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6/26/2020

ABMS Announces New Board of Directors and Incoming Chair Dr. Larry Green

The ABMS conducted its Board of Directors election during the June 18, 2020 virtual meeting.

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6/21/2020

Dr's Theodore Freeman and Anne-Marie Irani honored at ABMS Board of Directors Meeting.

ABAI leaders were honored at ABMS Board of Directors Meeting.

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6/12/2020

ABAI supports ABMS Statement on the US Withdrawal from the WHO

On June 11th the ABAI Executive Committee unanimously provided support for the recently released ABMS statement and letter to President Trump calling for reconsideration of the decision to withdraw support for the WHO during this COVID-19 pandemic.

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6/5/2020

ABAI Statement on Racism

ABAI press release on racism in America, a public health priority

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6/5/2020

A Special Message to our Diplomates

Special message for diplomates on racism in America and a public health priority

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5/22/2020

ABAI’s Continued Response to COVID-19

The ABAI Board of Directors have demonstrated their continued extraordinary commitment and dedication since completing the unexpected work of developing and approving initial COVID-19 accommodations, https://www.abai.org/covid-19.asp which were well received by diplomates and certification candidates.

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4/7/2020

COVID-19 Updates

ABAI recognizes the hardships encountered by patients, families, and the allergists and clinical immunologists providing specialty care in the advent of COVID-19.

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4/7/2020

Honoring the Legacy of Dr. Chitra Dinakar

On behalf of the ABAI, I would like to extend our most sincere thoughts and prayers to the many family, friends and colleagues of Dr. Chitra Dinakar.

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1/14/2020

ABAI Welcomes Dr. Lester to the Board

Dr. Mitchell R. Lester received his undergraduate and medical degrees from Brown University in Providence, RI.

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1/14/2020

ABAI Welcomes Dr. Mosnaim to the Board

Dr. Giselle S. Mosnaim currently practices Allergy and Immunology in the Division of Pulmonary, Allergy, and Critical Care Medicine at NorthShore University HealthSystem and is a Research Scientist at the NorthShore University HealthSystem Research Institute.

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1/13/2020

ABAI announces next Director of Operations.

The American Board of Allergy and Immunology (ABAI) is pleased to announce the selection of Ms. Chelsey Williams as the next Director of Operations.

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12/11/2019

Notes from the Chair: An Update from the 2019 ACAAI Meeting

The ABAI was very busy at the 2019 American College of Allergy, Asthma, and Immunology (ACAAI) meeting, held November, 7-11 in Houston, TX.

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11/26/2019

ABAI Board of Directors Fall Meeting 2019 - A Word from Dr. Nelson

The ABAI Board of Directors fall meeting was held in Philadelphia October 18-19, 2019.

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10/24/2019

ABAI Board of Directors Annual Meeting

ABAI’s Board of Directors met for their annual meeting in Philadelphia, PA, October 18-20, 2019. The occasion also marked the retirement of ABAI Chief Operating Officer Lawrence J. Vapniarek who served in that role for 14 years.

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8/26/2019

Retirement Announcement

ABAI COO Mr. Vapniarek Retiring
Mr. Lawrence (“Larry”) Vapniarek will be retiring after 14 years serving as the Director of Operations and Chief Operating Officer of the American Board of Allergy and Immunology (ABAI) on January 31, 2020.

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8/7/2019

President's Message

Thank you again for the opportunity to serve as your new president. Today I would like to provide you some initial impressions following my first 6 months.

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6/14/2019

Notes from the Chair: Theodore M. Freeman, MD

By now, everyone is familiar with the Continuous Assessment Program (CAP) Pilot.

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3/12/2019

CAP Articles - 2018 Block 1

The article list for CAP 2018 Block 1 is now available

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1/10/2019

ABAI Welcomes Dr. Stokes to the Board

Jeffery R. Stokes, MD, serves as Professor of Pediatrics at St. Louis Children's Hospital. He obtained his BS and MD degrees from Kansas State University and University of Kansas Medical School, respectively. He completed two fellowships at the University of Wisconsin Hospitals and Clinics in Pediatric Pulmonary Medicine and Allergy/Immunology. He has been a co-investigator on numerous studies during his 20 years of practice, with 14 years at Creighton University Medical Center; while there, he had the responsibility of training over 20 Allergy/Immunology Fellows as Program Director.

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1/10/2019

ABAI Welcomes Dr. Ogbogu to the Board

Princess Ogbogu, MD, is the Director of the Division of Allergy and Immunology at The Ohio State University,and Associate Professor of Medicine; she’s also Co-Training Program Director for the Allergy/Immunology fellowship at Ohio State as well. She attended Kent State University for her BS, and received her MD from Northeast Ohio Medical University.

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12/13/2018

In Memoriam: William Thomas Shearer, M.D., Ph.D. 1937 - 2018

Former ABAI Director and Board Chair, William Thomas Shearer, M.D., Ph.D., 81, died peacefully on Tuesday, October 9, 2018 at his home in Houston Texas after a courageous battle with a long medical illness. He will be remembered for his generous spirit and love of medicine, his family and his devoted spouse Lynn Des Prez.

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2/12/2018

ABAI Staff Spotlight:

Brianna Wilkins
Test Development Assistant

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2/12/2018

ABAI Welcomes New Directors

The ABAI welcomed five new directors to serve on their BOD with terms starting on January 1, 2018. Read about the new directors: Mariana Castells, MD, PhD; Corinne Keet, MD, PhD; Aidan Long, MD; Wanda Phipatanakul, MD; Sarbjit Saini, MD.

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12/18/2017

Dr. Irani recognized for service to the ABAI

In November 2017, the ABAI held its annual fall board meeting in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.

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12/18/2017

ABAI honors departing Directors

In November 2017, the ABAI held its annual fall board meeting in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. After two consecutive days filled with meetings, the directors were able to discuss and implement new and exciting changes to the MOC program that are coming up in 2018. The ABAI also bid farewell to the following directors; David I. Bernstein, MD; Joshua A. Boyce, MD; William K. Dolen, MD and Calman Prussin, MD, who have all served in multiple roles over their six-year terms on the Board.

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5/12/2017

Notes from the Chair: David I. Bernstein, MD

I am honored and excited to serve as the Chair of ABAI Board of Directors during 2017

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5/11/2017

ABAI Staff Spotlight:

Cecilia MacCormack
ABAI Computer, Database and Website Administrator

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1/23/2017

ABAI’s new Continuous Assessment Program unveiled in the January/February issue of JACI In Practice

An article published in the current issue of JACI In Practice outlines the changes that the ABAI is implementing to transform the current Part III Secure Exam into a continuous, primarily article-based model that offers more flexibility to diplomates and ongoing learning as hallmarks of a new pilot program.

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12/1/2016

Annual Meeting of the ABAI Board of Directors

ABAI’s Board of Directors met for their annual meeting in Birmingham, AL, in the fall of 2016.

11/29/2016

ABAI Selects Michael R. Nelson, MD, PhD, as President Elect

PHILADELPHIA, PA – November 21, 2016 – The American Board of Allergy and Immunology (ABAI), the entity overseeing the certification of physicians specializing in Allergy and Immunology announced that its Board of Directors has elected Michael R. Nelson, MD, PhD, as the organization’s president-elect. Dr. Nelson will begin his duties as President on January 1, 2019. He succeeds retiring President Stephen I. Wasserman, MD.

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11/29/2016

Update on ABAI Maintenance of Certification Program

The Directors of the American Board of Allergy and Immunology have approved an updated Continuous Assessment Pilot Program that will be implemented in January of 2018. These changes will promote a continuous process for lifelong learning and self-assessment to keep skills clinically relevant and knowledge current in a rapidly changing practice environment. A survey in the spring of 2016 revealed that diplomates did not want to take a proctored, secure examination at an examination center with a high examination fee. Many diplomates also preferred a continuous assessment program and a higher annual fee in lieu of examination fee.

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10/20/2015

Welcome to the new ABAI website

The American Board of Allergy and Immunology (ABAI) is pleased to introduce a fresh redesign of its website, www.abai.org, to serve its varied audiences.

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8/7/2015

ABAI offices are moving

I have exciting news regarding the ABAI office that I want to share with you. In med- September, the ABAI offices will be moving to a new location. The move will positively affect the ABAI in several ways. The current office, is located in an old building which is ranked as a Class C property in the historic district of the city. Services including security are provided by the building but are minimal. Our humble offices house six full-time staff in a small space that we have now outgrown.

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7/9/2015

ABAI Newsletter - Summer 2015 Published

The 2015 ABAI Annual Newsletter has been published can be viewed using the Annual Newsletter link to the left.

5/6/2015

ABAI License and CME Submission for MOC

At their recent meeting, the ABAI Directors voted to change the licensure and CME reporting requirements for program. EFFECTIVE IMMEDIATELY, diplomates are NO LONGER REQUIRED to submit copies of their medical licensecertificates annually. This means, you do not have to submit copies of your medical license(s) or CME certificatesABAI office. However, if you choose, you may continue to use the diplomate web portal as a repository to track yactivity with the continued capability of uploading your CME certificates should you choose to do so. However, the ABAI office will no longer upload copies of the CME certificates.

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