The American Board of Venous & Lymphatic Medicine (ABVLM) recognizes that its Diplomates may change their practice status over time. The ABVLM has defined clinical activity status, in keeping with recommendations made by the American Board of Medical Specialties. The status of each Diplomate will be public information.
ABVLM Clinical Activity Categories
Diplomates who have successfully passed the ABVLM certification exam and who are actively practicing phlebology and participating in all parts of Maintenance of Certification (MOC).
Individuals who have applied and been accepted for inactive status. Diplomates in this category are required to participate in all parts of MOC except Part IV (evaluation of performance in practice).
Diplomates holding a valid certificate from the ABVLM and who expect to be clinically inactive (not involved in patient care, either directly or in a supervisory capacity) for a year or more may apply for inactive status. Application must be made, in writing, to the Board office, and approved in advance of granting inactive status. Activities that would be appropriate for that status might include, but not be limited to, academic sabbaticals, elected/appointed political office, temporary disability, or appointment to administrative or research positions in hospitals, medical schools or health related industries.
Individuals with inactive certificates wishing to resume clinical phlebology and reactivate their certificate must make written application to the Board. Prior to reactivation the Board will consider the length of time the Diplomate was inactive, the type of disability (if applicable), activities in which the Diplomate has been involved during their inactive period, and completion of MOC requirements. The Board may require that the Diplomate acquire additional education, supervised practice and/or repeat all or part of the original certification process.
Individuals who have not taken or passed the ABVLM certification exam as well as Diplomates who have allowed their certificates to lapse or those whose certificates have been suspended or revoked.
Individuals who are certified but who have notified the Board of their retirement.