The American Board of Urology (ABU) notes that many senior Diplomates, being 30 years post training and nearing retirement, are choosing certificate expiration, in lieu of undertaking the logistics of the practice log requirement and the burden of the knowledge assessment.  Therefore, to encourage certificate retention, the ABU will offer the American Board of Medical Specialties (ABMS) newly instituted Retired Status to support currency in urology among senior Diplomates and affirm their continued value to the ABU and the public.    


Eligibility requirements for the Retired certificate designation include:    

  1. Possession of an active certificate at the time of retirement.
  2. Unrestricted license in any jurisdiction at the time of retirement.  
  3. Attestation to complete disengagement in patient care, overseeing medical laboratories, or supervising in a medical field.
  4. Non-performance of any function for which Board certification is required.


Individuals who expired or forfeited their certificates since January 2015 and who met and continued to meet the above requirements, may also apply for the Retired status designation.  


Those Diplomates of the American Board of Urology who also possess Subspecialty Certification are eligible to apply for the new certificate status, providing they retire in both the subspecialty and the general specialty.    


There is no application or maintenance fee to achieve and retain Retired status.  


A Diplomate with the Retired status will be listed publicly as Retired with the ABU and on the ABMS Certification Matters™ website.  


If you are a retired urologist who would like to take advantage of this new status, please complete the Diplomate Request for Retired Status into which you will upload a brief, signed attestation. You may use this optional template with electronic signature or upload a scanned signed letter of your choosing.


The American Board of Urology (ABU) is organized to encourage study, improve standards, and promote competency in the practice of Urology. The Board evaluates candidates who are duly licensed to practice medicine, and arranges and conducts examinations for the purpose of certification, subspecialty certification, recertification, and ongoing Lifelong Learning. Certificates are conferred by the Board to candidates who successfully complete all requirements for a given certificate...

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