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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. View the Thesis Prep Guide for specific guidelines to use to prepare and submit your thesis. 



Subspecialty Thesis Submission Instructions

The final deadline for submitting a PDF version of your thesis is September 30, 2020, 11:59 CT. Please save your thesis as a PDF using the following naming convention:

  • ABOG ID #-Last Name-Your Subspecialty-Thesis.
  • For example: 9000000-Smith-REI-Thesis

A thesis affidavit is also required at the time of thesis submission. Please save as a PDF and use the following naming convention:

  • ABOG ID #-Last Name-Your Subspecialty-TA.
  • For example: 9000000-Smith-REI-TA

Your thesis and the thesis affidavit should be uploaded to your ABOG portal.

If you previously submitted a thesis and were unsuccessful in passing the examination, you must upload a PDF copy of the thesis using the naming convention above. You may submit a previously submitted thesis or another work that was completed during fellowship. However, thesis requirements change frequently. The thesis must fulfill the requirements for the year of the exam. Prior acceptance of a thesis does not assure re-acceptance. The thesis affidavit for a previously submitted thesis does not need to be resubmitted.


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 also available to download and print.

A&P Repair-Anterior and posterior colporrhaphy
AB abortion
AIDS Acquired immunodeficiency syndrome
ASCUS Atypical cells of undetermined significance
BMI Body mass index
BSO Bilateral salpingo-oopherectomy
BTL Bilateral tubal ligation
CBC Complete blood count
CD Cesarean delivery
CIN Cervical intraepithelial neoplasia
cm Centimeter
CT Computerized tomography
D&C Dilatation and curettage
D&E Dilatation and evacuation
DEXA Dual-energy x-ray absoptiometry
DHEAS Dehydroepiandrosterone sulfate
DM Diabetes mellitus
DVT Deep vein thrombosis
E2 Estradiol
EBL Estimated blood loss
ECC Endocervical curettage
EFW Estimated fetal weight
EGA Estimated gestational age
EKG/ECG Electrocardiogram
FGR Fetal growth restriction
FSH Follicle-stimulating hormone
FHR Fetal heart rate
GBS Group B strep
GDM Gestational diabetes mellitus
gm Gram
HIV Human immunodeficiency virus
HCG Human chroionic gonadotropin
HPV Human palillomavirus
HRT Hormone replacement therapy
HSV Herpes simplex virus
IM Intramuscular
IV Intravenous
IUD Intrauterine device
IUFD Intrauterine fetal death
IUP Intrauterine pregnancy
kg Kilogram
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
ml Milliliter
MRI Magnetic resonance imagine
NST Non-stress test
OA Occiput-Anterior - may be preceded by R (right) or L (left)
OP Occiput Posterior
OT Occiput Transverse
PAP Papanicolaou smear
PCOS Polycystic ovarian syndrome
PP Postpartum
PPH Postpartum hemorrhage
PROM Premature rupture of membranes
PTL Preterm labor
SAB Spontaneous abortion
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
TSH Thyroid - stimulating hormone
TVH Total vaginal hysterectomy
US Ultrasonography
VBAC Vaginal birth after cesarean delivery