The ABVLM is an independent non-profit organization organized under the laws of the state of Illinois for scientific and educational purposes. No part of its net earnings shall inure to the benefit of any director, officer, or other individual.
In June 2013 the Board of Directors approved a new name for the organization: The American Board of Venous and Lymphatic Medicine. This change was approved so that our name more clearly conveys the purpose of our organization and the focus of our diplomates. We believe this will help improve communication and reduce confusion when engaging with the lay public, other physicians, health plans, and a variety of governmental and non-governmental agencies.
It is not the purpose of the Board to define requirements for membership on hospital staffs, to gain special recognition or privileges for its diplomates in the practice of phlebology or to define the scope of venous and lymphatic medicine practice. The Board does not define who may or may not practice venous and lymphatic medicine. It is neither a source of censure nor an entity for the resolution of ethical or medico-legal issues.
The American Board of Venous & Lymphatic Medicine is not yet a Member Board of the American Board of Medical Specialties (ABMS); however, our certification exam is based on standards set by the ABMS.
Now is time to strengthen and standardize venous & lymphatic curricula and training in order to develop qualified comprehensive specialists. We have published two articles on this topic:
Vision and Value of the ABVLM and
VLM Fellowship Update.
In 2020, our new class of diplomates (certified during the pandemic) brought the total number of physicians certified in Venous & Lymphatic Medicine to 886. There are additional physicians who have passed the exam and are considered Board Eligible.
Applications to sit for the 2021 exam cycle are now open through March 31, 2021. The exam cycle moved as a result of the pandemic, and it is now offered annually in late summer. In 2021 it will be offered August 1 - September 15, 2021.
The full Certification Cycle / Exam Calendar can be linked to here.