The AABIP established a certification process in an effort to improve the quality, consistency and scientific rigor within the field of Interventional Pulmonology. This provides patients, healthcare organizations and other interested parties with a standard and readily comprehensible description of the qualifications and experience held by the physician whose services are being engaged. This enhances clinical care, fosters greater collaboration, improves research, advances science and encourages standardization of the training process.
To develop this certification process, the AABIP established a task force consisting of a broad cross section of stakeholders to issue recommendations that would guide the implementation. This task force was comprised of Interventional Pulmonologists from various career stages and practice areas including academic and community settings.
Based on the Task Force recommendations, this document establishes a framework for implementation. This document is intended to apply to an introductory period during which time the board certification process will be implemented and validated. This time period will end in 2017 at the application deadline for the 2017 Board Certification Examination. Following the end of this introductory time period, only graduates of AABIP accredited Interventional Pulmonology Programs will be eligible to take the Board Certification Examination. Details regarding the IP fellowship accreditation process will be released in a future document. It is expected that the currently listed procedural requirements will be maintained and the fellowship programs should use this grace period to remedy any possible deficiencies in their curriculum.
This time period ends in 2017, such that the last year for board certification without a fellowship will be 2016. Only graduates of AABIP Accredited Interventional Fellowship Programs will be eligible to take the Board Certification Examination in 2017. The accreditation process is still in process for ratification of all key stakeholders.
Last updated: 5/25/16