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New Exam Council and Credentials Committee Appointments by American Board of Interventional Pain Physicians (ABIPP)

Tuesday, November 17, 2009 General News J E 4
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PADUCAH, Ky., Nov. 16 The American Board of Interventional Pain Physicians (ABIPP) has recently appointed an examination council and credentials committee to conduct the ABIPP Part II examination.

The new council consists of Mark V. Boswell, MD, PhD, Chair, Sal Abdi, MD, Ramsin Benyamin, MD, Sukdeb Datta, MD, Sudhir Diwan, MD, Frank Falco, MD, Standiford Helm, II, MD, Leland Lou, MD, Laxmaiah Manchikanti, MD, Allan T. Parr, MD, Vallejo Ricardo, MD, Rinoo Shah, MD, Vijay Singh, MD, and Art Watanabe, MD.

ABIPP Executive Director, Mark V. Boswell, MD, PhD, stated that, "Interventional pain management is an evolving specialty. As any other evolving specialty, there are gaps in training and accountability. ABIPP has taken on the challenge of establishing and maintaining the highest standards of practice of interventional pain management by fostering education and training. The obvious next step is to establish criteria for the designation of board certification in interventional pain management and competency."

ABIPP currently conducts the ABIPP Part II examination and has been certifying physicians with ABMS subspecialty certification; has provided the ABIPP Part I examination with additional competency certifications in practice management and substance management and has conducted Part I examinations.

ABIPP will conduct its first Part II examination in September, 2010. The examination will consist of hands-on practical examination with testing of the skills, followed by an oral examination.

Dr. Boswell added that, "The ABIPP Certifications utilize the strictest criteria, requiring substantial training in the specialty of Interventional Pain Management. Candidates who do not have an ABMS subspecialty in Pain Medicine or an ACGME accredited fellowship in Pain Medicine must have completed 300 CME credit hours relevant to Interventional Pain Management or Pain Medicine, 50 of which must have been earned through participation in hands-on cadaver workshops."

The ABIPP Part II exam is a step forward in ABIPP's ongoing effort to establish and maintain the highest standards of practice of interventional pain management.

About The American Board of Interventional Pain Physicians

The American Board of Interventional Pain Physicians (ABIPP) is a Specialty Board providing Board Certification in Interventional Pain Management and Competency Certification in Controlled Substance Management, Competency Certification in Coding, Compliance, and Practice Management and Competency Certification in Fluoroscopic Interpretation and Radiological Safety. The eligibility requirements and examination materials for ABIPP certification programs have been developed based on substantial review and analysis of the current state of medical and scientific knowledge of the treatment of pain, as reflected in the medical literature. The ABIPP Board of Directors, with the assistance and advice of the professionals in relevant fields, has developed certification programs that recognize accepted levels of knowledge and expertise in the profession, with the goal of improved patient care.

The major goals of ABIPP are to maintain the highest standards of practice of interventional pain management by fostering education and training in interventional pain management, including interventional techniques alone or in conjunction with other modalities of treatments. To achieve this, ABIPP provides Diplomate Certification for interventional pain physicians. This includes not only a theoretical evaluation of knowledge, but competency in performing interventional techniques, and patient management. Consequently, the rules of ABIPP are much more stringent and complicated than other available boards at the present time.

ABIPP is headquartered in Paducah, KY and currently has over 160 diplomates across 39 states. For more information, visit www.abipp.org or call 270.554.9412.

SOURCE The American Society of Interventional Pain Physicians
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