Last Updated: Jan 8, 2020
The American Board of Internal Medicine (ABIM) will pursue a longitudinal assessment option for maintenance of certification (MOC).
ABIM says that it plans to make this new option available in 2022 to as many specialties as possible.
The new approach will involve shorter, self-paced assessments of medical knowledge repeatedly over time in order to reinforce learning and enhance knowledge retention. The traditional, long-form assessment will continue to be an option for those physicians who prefer a point-of-time exam.
The longitudinal assessment will allow physicians to:
- answer a question at any place or time, and receive immediate feedback as to whether it was correct or not;
- see the rationale behind the answer, along with links to educational material;
- proceed at their preferred pace answering questions during each administration window; and,
- access all the resources they use in practice, such as journals or websites.
Physicians with assessment requirements due before 2022 should keep in mind that all current ABIM MOC program requirements and policies remain in effect. ABIM says with will communicate with physicians well in advance of any updates to the program.
Get more details on ABIM’s plans for the longitudinal assessment option in its Fall 2019 Quarterly News and Notes blog post here.
Physicians interested in sharing feedback with ABIM can do so through the ABIM Community Insights Network here.
PAMED Advocacy on MOC
The Pennsylvania Medical Society (PAMED) is committed to and will continue to advocate for practical, evidence-based, and affordable life-long learning. MOC is one of our advocacy priorities.
In spring 2019, we reached out to ABIM to share our recommendations for further improvements. One of our suggestions was to create an alternative to Knowledge Check-in and the ten-year Knowledge Exam.
“PAMED would like to work with the ABIM to facilitate improvements such that the recertification process may eventually be viewed as more relevant and meaningful to ABIM diplomates,” wrote PAMED Board Chair John Gallagher, MD.
Read PAMED's letter here and ABIM’s response here.
And, check out our advocacy efforts on MOC at www.pamedsoc.org/moc.