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.
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:
- Geographic subdivisions smaller than a state
- 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
- Telephone numbers, fax numbers, email addresses, social security numbers, medical record numbers, health plan beneficiary numbers, account numbers, certificate and/or license numbers
- Biometric identifiers, including finger and voice prints
- Full face photographic images and any comparable images
- 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&P||Repair – anterior and posterior colporrhaphy|
|AIDS||Acquired immunodeficiency syndrome|
|ASCUS||Atypical cells of undetermined significance|
|BMI||Body mass index|
|BTL||Bilateral tubal ligation|
|CBC||Complete blood count|
|CIN||Cervical intraepithelial neoplasia|
|D&C||Dilatation and curettage|
|D&E||Dilatation and evacuation|
|DEXA||Dual-energy X-ray absorptiometry|
|DVT||Deep vein thrombosis|
|EBL||Estimated blood loss|
|EFW||Estimated fetal weight|
|EGA||Estimated gestational age|
|FGR||Fetal growth restriction|
|FHR||Fetal heart rate|
|GDM||Gestational diabetes mellitus|
|HIV||Human immunodeficiency virus|
|HCG||Human chorionic gonadotropin|
|HRT||Hormone replacement therapy|
|HSV||Herpes simplex virus|
|IUFD||Intrauterine fetal death|
|IUGR||Intrauterine growth restriction|
|LAVH||Laparoscopic-assisted vaginal hysterectomy|
|LEEP||Loop electrosurgical procedure|
|LGA||Large for gestational age|
|LH||Luteinizing hormone or laparoscopic hysterectomy|
|LMP||Last menstrual period|
|MIS||Minimally invasive surgery|
|MRI||Magnetic resonance imaging|
|OA, OP, OT||Occiput positions – may be preceded by R (right) or L (left)|
|PCOS||Polycystic ovarian syndrome|
|PROM||Premature rupture of membranes|
|S/D (ratio)||Systolic/diastolic ratio|
|SGA||Small for gestational age|
|SROM||Spontaneous rupture of membranes|
|STD/STI||Sexually transmitted disease/infection|
|SUI||Stress urinary incontinence|
|SVD||Spontaneous vaginal delivery|
|TAH||Total abdominal hysterectomy|
|TVH||Total vaginal hysterectomy|
|VBAC||Vaginal birth after cesarean delivery|