Infographic: The Evolution of ABIM Governance

Infographic: The Evolution of ABIM Governance

The Evolution of
ABIM Governance

Our governance structure has changed a great deal since our founding in 1936. In 2016, our members on more than 50 boards and committees help shape ABIM’s programs and policies. It is a diverse group of physicians and public members (including patient advocates, allied professionals and non-internist physicians) and we thank them for their guidance and service.

Fresh Voices To Inform Our Programs

1936 Board of Directors

1936 Board of Directors - 9 men

The founding ABIM Board of Directors consisted of nine men, all of whom were from academia.


Breakdown of 2016 Governance Members

Board of Directors 12, Council 17, Exam Commuttee 184, Self-Assessment Committees 79 and Specialty Boards 107

ABIM’s governance now includes a total of 365 practicing physicians, patient advocates, allied professionals, and non-internist physicians serving across 21 disciplines.1

The Practicing Physician Perspective

100% of the physicians serving ABIM participate in Maintenance of Certification (MOC).2

92% of ABIM’s physician governance members provide direct patient care.

The Range Of Healthcare Perspectives

We are proud of the diversity of job functions among our governance population (physician and public members):

  • Clinical Practice: 48%
  • Program Director: 14%
  • Administration: 10%
  • Public Member: 8%4
  • Research: 7%
  • Teaching: 3%
  • Other: 10%3

Regional Perspectives

United states displaying where our governance members hail from

Our governance members hail from every region of the continental US, which helps bring rural, urban and other perspectives to our work at ABIM.

American Board of Internal Medicine

Data circa August 2016 and is subject to change.

  1. Of the 365 unique ABIM governance members, several sit on multiple boards or committees.
  2. ABIM’s programs are informed by a diverse range of physicians, some of whom are certified by other boards. All members must comply with the MOC Policy for Physicians Serving ABIM.
  3. “Other” denotes an individual with a job function not outlined in the survey including a faculty position, consultant, society leader, retiree and those with multiple roles.
  4. Public members include patient advocates, allied professionals and non-internist physicians.