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Subspecialty Thesis, Case List De-Identification, & Approved Abbreviations


A thesis is required for all candidates pursuing certification in any of ABOG's subspecialties. See PDF on this page, "Thesis Prep Doc" for specific guidelines to use to prepare and submit your thesis. 

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Pursuant to the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA), the Secretary of the DHHS issued a Final Privacy Rule (HIPAA Privacy Rule) governing the terms and conditions by which health care providers can make available individually identifiable health information.

The HIPAA Privacy Rule permits the release of patient information if the information does not permit the patient to be individually identified. Therefore, you must exclude from the case lists submitted to ABOG such information as could permit the identification of an individual patient.

The HIPAA Privacy Rule specifically enumerates the categories of information which must be removed from patient case lists in order for such case lists to be de-identified and thereby become available for submission.

Section 164.514(b) of the Privacy Rule provides that you may determine that health information is not individually identifiable health information only if the following identifiers are removed:

  1. Names
  2. Geographic subdivisions smaller than a state
  3. Date of birth, admission date, discharge date, date of death, and all ages over 89 except that such ages and elements may be aggregated into a single category of age 90 or older
  4. Telephone numbers, fax numbers, email addresses, social security numbers, medical record numbers, health plan beneficiary numbers, account numbers, certificate and/or license numbers
  5. Biometric identifiers, including finger and voice prints
  6. Full face photographic images and any comparable images
  7. Any other unique identifying number, characteristic, or codes.

The de-identification of patient case lists does not allow the omission of any cases involving patients under your care that are otherwise required to be reported. Any effort to use the HIPAA rule to avoid listing patients will disqualify you from the examination and result in additional disciplinary action as appropriate. The completeness of your case list is subject to audit by ABOG.

Following is a list of approved abbreviations for use in case list preparation.

A PDF is available at bottom of this page to download and print.

A&PRepair – anterior and posterior colporrhaphy
AIDSAcquired immunodeficiency syndrome
ASCUSAtypical cells of undetermined significance
BMIBody mass index
BSOBilateral salpingo-oophorectomy
BTLBilateral tubal ligation
CBCComplete blood count
CDCesarean delivery
CINCervical intraepithelial neoplasia
CTComputerized tomography
D&CDilatation and curettage
D&EDilatation and evacuation
DEXADual-energy X-ray absorptiometry
DHEASDihydroepiandrosterone sulfate
DMDiabetes mellitus
DVTDeep vein thrombosis
EBLEstimated blood loss
ECCEndocervical curettage
EFWEstimated fetal weight
EGAEstimated gestational age
FGRFetal growth restriction
FSHFollicle-stimulating hormone
FHRFetal heart rate
GDMGestational diabetes mellitus


HIVHuman immunodeficiency virus
HCGHuman chorionic gonadotropin
HPVHuman papillomavirus
HRTHormone replacement therapy
HSVHerpes simplex virus
IUDIntrauterine device
IUFDIntrauterine fetal death
IUGRIntrauterine growth restriction
IUPIntrauterine pregnancy
LAVHLaparoscopic-assisted vaginal hysterectomy
LEEPLoop electrosurgical procedure
LGALarge for gestational age
LHLuteinizing hormone or laparoscopic hysterectomy
LMPLast menstrual period
MISMinimally invasive surgery
MRIMagnetic resonance imaging
NSTNon-stress test
OA, OP, OTOcciput positions – may be preceded by R (right) or L (left)
PAPPapanicolaou smear
PCOSPolycystic ovarian syndrome
PIHPregnancy-induced hypertension
PPHPostpartum hemorrhage
PROMPremature rupture of membranes
PTLPreterm labor
SABSpontaneous abortion
S/D (ratio)Systolic/diastolic ratio
SGASmall for gestational age
SROMSpontaneous rupture of membranes
STD/STISexually transmitted disease/infection
SUIStress urinary incontinence
SVDSpontaneous vaginal delivery
TAHTotal abdominal hysterectomy
TSHThyroid-stimulating hormone
TVHTotal vaginal hysterectomy
VBACVaginal birth after cesarean delivery
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