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        Not so long ago, the Vascular Surgery community was engaged in a struggle to have the American Board of Vascular Surgery (ABVS) recognized as an independent Board by the American Board of Medical Specialties (ABMS), the self-originated governing body of specialty care in North America. The ABMS exists to maintain and improve the quality of medical care by helping boards develop and utilize professional and educational standards for evaluating and certifying physician specialists. The sole objective of establishing the ABVS in 1996 was to improve the training and certification processes that would better the care of patients having vascular diseases.
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