This information is intended to supplement the ABOG policies on Regaining Eligibility, which are available on the ABOG Policies page.
- Signed letter from ABOG-certified mentor outlining the six-month supervised practice plan as outlined in the ABOG policy. This letter must include the full name and location of the hospital where the supervision will be completed and which ACGME- or RCPSC-accredited OB GYN residency program is affiliated with the hospital. The supervised practice does NOT have to take place at an OB GYN residency program. The hospital should be affiliated with a residency but does not have to be a primary site for the residency.
- Letter from the physician interested in regaining eligibility requesting the plan be approved.
- After completion of supervised practice, mentor must send another signed letter attesting that the physician successfully completed the program as submitted and is capable of practicing independently.
No. The plan must first be reviewed and approved by ABOG. After approval, the physician will be notified, and a date specifying when the supervised practice can begin will be included.
Physicians can check the ACGME website (acgme.org) for a list of accredited residency programs and contact them directly. The supervised practice does NOT have to take place at an OB GYN residency program. The hospital should be affiliated with a residency but does not have to be a primary site for the residency.
If a physician is unable to find an OB GYN affiliated ACGME- or RCPSC-accredited program, a request for an exception may be submitted to ABOG. This request should include the information listed in question one, and also a description of the mentor’s qualifications. The mentor MUST be certified by ABOG in the specialty (or subspecialty, if attempting to regain subspecialty eligibility). This request for an exception will be reviewed by ABOG.
The physician must submit a request for an exception, including any relevant documentation, to firstname.lastname@example.org. This request will be considered by ABOG.
The physician must submit a request for an exception, including any documentation to support the request, to email@example.com. This request will be considered by ABOG.
The physician must be supervised for two months in each of the areas (Obstetrics, Gynecology, Office Practice). For Obstetrics and Gynecology this must include inpatient care/surgery. The supervised practice can be a combination of direct and indirect supervision. If the physician under supervision has an unrestricted license and full privileges, the physician may need minimal direct observation and more chart review and discussion of cases. Ultimately, the mentor must feel comfortable attesting to the candidate’s ability to practice independently.
The physician can join in previously scheduled didactics. There is no need to develop a separate curriculum.
Around the physician’s current practice.
Yes, but only to supplement your patient list. If you are fully supervised (and not in independent practice) during the supervised practice period, you may not use cases from your supervised practice time.
No. If this is due to circumstances beyond your control, you may email a request for exception, with documentation, to firstname.lastname@example.org to have your request considered.
No. Any hospital affiliated with an ACGME- or RCPSC-accredited OB GYN program is an appropriate location to complete supervised practice. It does not have to be the primary residency institution and does not require a resident position to meet ABOG requirements.
Yes. Physicians whose full supervised practice plans have been approved by ABOG may apply for ABOG examinations scheduled to be administered after plan completion. To request an application be added to your portal, please email email@example.com.