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Non-Standard Subspecialty Disciplines

The member boards of the American Board of Medical Specialties (ABMS) are viewed as the subject matter experts on educational developments within their respective medical specialties. The following list outlines those non-standard disciplines currently approved by ABMS boards for the purpose of J-1 sponsorship.

All questions pertaining to board policies, procedures, and additional non-standard disciplines should be forwarded to the specific ABMS boards. See Web links below.


Anesthesiology
www.theaba.org

Non-Standard Subspecialty Disciplines Recognized for Purpose of J‑1 Sponsorship
Anesthesia for Out-patient Surgery
Neuroanesthesia
Recovery Room Care
Regional Anesthesia

Dermatology
www.abderm.org

Non-Standard Subspecialty Disciplines Recognized for Purpose of J‑1 Sponsorship
Applications of Laser to Dermatology & Cutaneous Biology
Clinical Educator in Dermatology
Cosmetic Dermatology
Cutaneous Photobiology
Dermatologic Surgery
Dermatology Investigative/Academic Research Training Track
Dermatopharmacology
Epidemiology
Immunodermatology

Emergency Medicine
www.abem.org

Non-Standard Subspecialty Disciplines Recognized for Purpose of J‑1 Sponsorship
Academic Emergency Medicine and Faculty Fellowship
Disaster Medicine
Emergency Medicine Informatics
Emergency Ultrasound Fellowship
Medical Simulation
Quality Management in Emergency Medicine
Wilderness Medicine

Family Medicine
www.theabfm.org

Non-Standard Subspecialty Disciplines Recognized for Purpose of J‑1 Sponsorship
Addiction Medicine
Chief Residency (View additional information.)
Faculty Development
Hospital Care
Obstetrics
Rural Health
Women’s Health

Internal Medicine
www.abim.org

Non-Standard Subspecialty Disciplines Recognized for Purpose of J‑1 Sponsorship
Cardiovascular Disease
Advanced Cardiac Electrophysiology
Advanced Cardiovascular Disease (Academic/Research Track)
Advanced Catheterization (Academic/Research Track)
Advanced Heart Failure and Transplant Cardiology (Academic/Research Track)
Cardiac Arrhythmia
Cardiac Critical Care
Cardiac Imaging (including Cardiac CT/MRI)
Cardiac Pacemakers & Pacing
Cardiac Rehabilitation
Congenital Heart Disease in Adults
Diagnostic Cardiovascular Disease
Echocardiography
Geriatric Cardiology
Heart Failure
Non-invasive Cardiology
Nuclear Cardiology
Preventive Cardiology
Transplantation Cardiology
Vascular Brachytherapy
Vascular Diagnostic and Interventional
Endocrinology, Diabetes, and Metabolism
Advanced Endocrinology, Diabetes, & Metabolism (Academic/Research Track)
Clinical Nutrition
Diabetes Mellitus
Geriatric Endocrinology
Hypertension
Nutrition & Metabolic Disease
Osteoporosis
Pituitary Diseases
Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome
Pre-diabetes (Metabolic Syndrome)
Reproductive Endocrinology
Gastroenterology
Advanced Gastroenterology (Academic/Research Track)
Advanced Transplant Hepatology (Academic/Research Track)
Endoscopic Ultrasonography (EUS)
Endoscopy (ERCP)
Esophageal Diseases
Gastrointestinal Motility
Gastrointestinal Nutrition
Geriatric Gastroenterology
Hepatology
Inflammatory Bowel Disease
Transplantation Gastroenterology
General Internal Medicine
Academic General Internal Medicine
Advanced Training in Hospital Medicine
Ambulatory Care
Chief Residency (View additional information.)
Clinical Education
Clinical Epidemiology
Clinical Pharmacology
Consultation Medicine in Pregnancy
Evidence-based Medicine
Genetics in Internal Medicine
Geographic Medicine
Health Services (Outcome) Research
Primary Care Medicine
Psychosocial Medicine
Geriatric Medicine
Advanced Geriatric Medicine (Academic/Research Track)
Dementia
Geriatric Neurology
Osteoporosis
Rehabilitation Geriatrics
Hematology & Oncology
Advanced Hematology & Oncology (Academic/Research Track)
Blood & Marrow Transplantation
Bone Marrow Transplantation
Cancer Genetics
Coagulation Medicine
Genito-urinary Oncology
Geriatric Hematology & Oncology
Interdisciplinary Breast Cancer
Investigational Cancer Therapeutics
Leukemia
Oncology in Gastroenterology
Oncology in Pulmonary Medicine
Sickle Cell Disease
Stem Cell Replacement
Transplantation Hematology - Oncology
Hospice and Palliative Medicine
Advanced Hospice and Palliative Medicine (Academic/Research Track)
Infectious Diseases
Advanced Infectious Diseases (Academic/Research Track)
Clinical Epidemiology
Geriatric Infectious Diseases
HIV & AIDS
Immunotherapy
Transplantation Infectious Disease
Tuberculosis & Pulmonary Infections
Nephrology
Advanced Nephrology (Academic/Research Track)
Geriatric Nephrology
Hypertension Nephrology
Interventional Nephrology
Renal Genetics
Renal Imaging
Transplantation Nephrology
Pulmonary Disease
Advanced Pulmonary Disease & Critical Care Medicine (Academic/Research Track)
Genetic Pulmonary Disease
Geriatric Pulmonary Disease
Heart-lung Transplantation
Interventional Pulmonology
Lung Transplantation
Neurocritical Care & Stroke
Pulmonary Vascular Disease
Vascular Medicine
Rheumatology
Advanced Rheumatology (Academic/Research Track)
Genetic Musculoskeletal Disease
Geriatric Rheumatology
Inflammatory Muscle Disease
Rheumatology/Allergy & Immunology
Spinal Disease
Systemic Lupus Erythematosus
Sleep Medicine
Advanced Sleep Medicine (Academic/Research Track)

Medical Genetics
www.abmg.org

Non-Standard Subspecialty Disciplines Recognized for Purpose of J‑1 SponsorshipLength of Program
Medical Genetics
Academic/Research Genetics Fellowship1-2 years

Nuclear Medicine
www.abnm.org

For further information regarding non-standard training programs, please visit the ABNM website.

Non-Standard Subspecialty Disciplines Recognized for Purpose of J‑1 Sponsorship
Nuclear Oncology
Pediatric Nuclear Medicine
PET
Renal Nuclear Medicine

Obstetrics and Gynecology
www.abog.org

Non-Standard Subspecialty Disciplines Recognized for Purpose of J‑1 SponsorshipLength of Program
Family Planning2 years
Gynecologic Endoscopy
Minimally Invasive GYN Surgery
Pediatric Adolescent Gynecology

Ophthalmology
www.abop.org

Non-Standard Subspecialty Disciplines Recognized for Purpose of J‑1 SponsorshipLength of Program
Cornea1-2 years
Glaucoma1-2 years
Inherited Eye Diseases1-2 years
Neuro-ophthalmology1-2 years
Ocular Oncology1-2 years
Oculoplastics1-2 years
Ophthalmic Genetics1-2 years
Ophthalmic Pathology1-2 years
Pediatric/Strabismus1-2 years
Retinal Dystrophy1-2 years
Retina/Vitreous1-2 years
Uveitis1-2 years
Vision Rehabilitation1-2 years

Otolaryngology
www.aboto.org

Non-Standard Subspecialty Disciplines Recognized for Purpose of J‑1 Sponsorship
Craniomaxillofacial
Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery
Head and Neck Oncologic Surgery
Head and Neck Surgery
Laryngology
Microvascular Surgery
Otology
Rhinology
Thyroid and Parathyroid Surgery
Vestibular Disorders

Pathology
www.abpath.org

The American Board of Pathology is willing to endorse a J-1 visa applicant for advanced study in the fields of Pathology listed below only if the J-1 visa candidate has completed the prerequisites for primary certification and has applied for certification or is a diplomate of The American Board of Pathology. Please contact the board if there are additional questions.

Non-Standard Subspecialty Disciplines Recognized for Purpose of J‑1 Sponsorship
Autopsy Pathology
Clinical Pathology:
Informatics
Laboratory management
Surgical Pathology (with concentrated study in Renal Pathology, Gynecology Pathology, etc.)

Pediatrics
www.abp.org

Non-Standard Subspecialty Disciplines Recognized for Purpose of J‑1 SponsorshipLength of Program
General Pediatrics
Academic General Pediatrics1-3 years
Academic Research Track (applicable to all Pediatric sub-specialties)1-2 years
Chief Residency (View additional information.)1 year
Clinical Pharmacology1-2 years
Community Pediatrics1 year
ECMO1 year
Health Services Fellowship1-2 years
Hospital Medicine1-2 years
Cardiology
Adult/Pediatric Congenital Heart Disease1-2 years
Advanced Cardiac Imaging1 year
Cardiac Critical Care1-2 years
Echocardiography1 year
Electrophysiology1-2 years
Fetal Cardiology1 year
Heart Failure Transplantation1 year
Interventional Cardiology1-2 years
Preventive Cardiology1 year
Endocrinology
Neuroendocrinology1-2 years
Gastroenterology
Interventional Endoscopy1 year
Motility1 year
Nutrition1 year
Hematology - Oncology
Advanced Training in Coagulation1 year
Hematopoietic Stem Cell Reconstitution
(Bone Marrow Transplant)
1-2 years
Neuro-oncology1 year
Sickle Cell Disease1 year
Solid Tumor Oncology1 year
Infectious Diseases
HIV/AIDS1 year
Vaccinology & Vaccine Preventable Diseases1-2 years
Pulmonology
Lung Transplantation1 year

Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation
www.abpmr.org

The American Board of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation will consider recognition of non-standard programs on a case-by-case basis.



Plastic Surgery
www.abplsurg.org

Non-Standard Subspecialty Disciplines Recognized for Purpose of J‑1 SponsorshipLength of Program
Aesthetic Surgery1 year
Breast Surgery1 year
Burn Reconstructive Surgery1 year
Burn Surgery1 year
Craniofacial and Maxillofacial Surgery1 year
General Reconstructive Surgery2 years
Laser and Vascular Malformation Surgery1 year
Microvascular Reconstructive Surgery1 year
Pediatric Craniofacial Surgery1 year
Pediatric Plastic Surgery2 years

Preventive Medicine
www.theabpm.org

Non-Standard Subspecialty Disciplines Recognized for Purpose of J‑1 SponsorshipLength of Program
Preventive Medicine
Academic Leadership Track (applicable to all Preventive Medicine subspecialties)1-2 years

Psychiatry & Neurology
www.abpn.com

Non-Standard Subspecialty Disciplines Recognized for Purpose of J‑1 SponsorshipLength of Program
Psychiatry
Administrative Psychiatry1-2 years
AIDS1-2 years
Community Psychiatry1-2 years
Developmental Disabilities1-2 years
Emergency Psychiatry1-2 years
Infant Psychiatry1-2 years
Mood Disorders1-2 years
Neuropsychiatry1-2 years
Post Traumatic Stress Disorders (PTSD)1-2 years
Psychopharmacology1-2 years
Psychotherapy 1-4 years
Psychotic Disorders1-3 years
Public Psychiatry and Public Policy1-2 years
Women’s Mental Health1-2 years
Non-Standard Subspecialty Disciplines Recognized for Purpose of J‑1 SponsorshipLength of Program
Neurology
Advanced Neuromuscular Medicine1-2 years
AIDS1-2 years
Alzheimer’s Disease1-2 years
Autoimmune Neurology1-2 years
Autonomic Disorders1-2 years
Behavioral Neurology1-3 years
Dementia1-2 years
EEG1-2 years
EMG1-2 years
*Epilepsy (Adult or Pediatric)1-2 years
Geriatric Neurology1-2 years
International Endovascular1-2 years
Headache (Adult & Pediatric)1-2 years
Interventional Neurology1-2 years
Interventional Neuroradiology and Endovascular Neurosurgery1-2 years
Memory Disorders1-2 years
Movement Disorders1-3 years
Multiple Sclerosis1-2 years
Multiple Sclerosis/Neurology/Neurosurgery1-2 years
Neonatal Neurology1-2 years
Neuroepidemiology1-2 years
Neurogenetics1-2 years
Neuroimaging1-2 years
Neuroimmunology1-2 years
Neuroimmunology/Infectious Diseases/Multiple Sclerosis2-3 years
Neuroimmunology to include Multiple Sclerosis1-2 years
Neurologic Critical Care1-2 years
Neuro-oncology1-3 years
Neuro-ophthalmology1-3 years
Neuro-otology1-2 years
Neuropathology1-2 years
Neuropharmacology1-2 years
Neurorehabilitation1-2 years
Neurovirology & Other Infections of the Nervous System1-2 years
Peripheral Nerve Disorders1-2 years
*ECFMG will follow ABPN training pathway regulations.

Radiology
www.theabr.org

Non-Standard Subspecialty Disciplines Recognized for Purpose of J‑1 SponsorshipLength of Program
Advanced Pediatric Radiology1 year
Body Imaging1 year
Body Imaging and Interventional1 year
Body MRI1 year
Cancer Imaging1 year
Cardiothoracic Imaging1 year
Endovascular Surgical Neuroradiology1 year
Interventional Neuroradiology1 year
Magnetic Resonance Imaging1 year
Musculoskeletal Radiology1 year
Pediatric Interventional Radiology1 year
Pediatric Neuroradiology1 year
Thoracic Radiology1 year
Thoracoabdominal Radiology1 year
Women’s Imaging1 year

Surgery
www.absurgery.org

Non-Standard Subspecialty Disciplines Recognized for Purpose of J-1 SponsorshipLength of Program
Recognized Advanced GI Surgical Disciplines:
Foregut Surgery1 year
Hepatic Surgery1 year
Hepatobiliary Surgery1 year
Recognized Endocrine Surgical Disciplines:
Endocrine Surgery1 year
Recognized Laparoscopic Surgical Disciplines:
Advanced Laparoscopic Surgery1 year
Bariatric Surgery1 year
Endoscopic Surgery1 year
Laparoscopic Surgery1 year
Minimally Invasive Surgery1 year
Videoendoscopic Surgery1 year
Recognized Oncological Fellowships:
Breast Oncology1 year
Endocrine Oncology1 year
Head & Neck Surgical Oncology1-2 years
Pediatric Surgical Oncology1 year
Recognized Reconstructive Surgical Disciplines:
Microsurgery1 year
Recognized Transplantation Disciplines:
Abdominal Multi-organ Transplantation2 years
Recognized Trauma Disciplines:
Burn Surgery1 year
Pediatric Trauma Surgery1 year
Trauma and Acute Care Surgery2 years

Thoracic Surgery
www.abts.org

Non-Standard Subspecialty Disciplines Recognized for Purpose of J‑1 SponsorshipLength of Program
Adult Cardiac Surgery1-2 years
Aortic Surgery1-2 years
Cardiac Valve Surgery1 year
Cardiothoracic Transplantation Surgery
Endovascular Cardiac Surgery1-2 years
General Thoracic Surgery
Lung Transplantation1-2 years
Mechanical Cardiac Support & Cardiac Transplantation1-2 years
Minimally Invasive C-T Surgery1-2 years
Thoracic Oncology1-2 years

Urology
www.abu.org

Non-Standard Subspecialty Disciplines Recognized for Purpose of J‑1 SponsorshipLength of Program
Andrology1-3 years
Endourology1-3 years
Endourology & Laparoscopy1-3 years
Erectile Dysfunction1-3 years
Geriatric Urology1-3 years
Health Services and Health Policy Research1-3 years
Infertility1-3 years
International Fellowship in Pediatric Urology1-3 years
International Female Pelvic Medicine and Reconstructive Surgery1-3 years
International Medical Informatics1-3 years
Laparoscopic Urology/Robot Assisted Urology1-3 years
Medical/Surgical Calculous Disease1-3 years
Minimally Invasive Surgery1-3 years
Nephrolithiasis1-3 years
Neurourology1-3 years
Reconstructive Surgery1-3 years
Reconstructive Surgery/Cancer Survivorship1-3 years
Sexual Medicine1-3 years
Transplantation1-3 years
Urodynamics1-3 years
Urolithiasis1-3 years
Urologic Oncology1-3 years
Urologic Trauma1-3 years
Voiding Dysfunction1-3 years

To date, no specific guidelines or list of non-standard disciplines have been provided by the following boards. Contact the boards directly with any questions regarding non-standard programs.

  • Allergy & Immunology
  • Colon & Rectal Surgery
  • Neurological Surgery
  • Orthopaedic Surgery
Last updated March 1, 2017.
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