Last Updated: Aug 22, 2019
On Aug. 20, 2019, the American Board of Internal Medicine (ABIM) announced that it will pursue a longitudinal assessment option for maintenance of certification (MOC).
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.
“We recognize that some physicians may prefer a more continuous process that easily integrates into their lives and allows them to engage seamlessly at their preferred pace, while being able to access the resources they use in practice,” said ABIM President Richard J. Baron, MD, MACP and ABIM Board Chair Marianne Green, MD, FACP in this blog post.
The longitudinal assessment will allow physicians to answer a question and receive immediate feedback as to whether it was correct or not, along with the rationale, and links to educational material.
ABIM says that the efforts of the American Board of Medical Specialties and its recent Vision Commission study of MOC helped lead to these planned changes. Read the Vision Commission’s final report on MOC, released in February 2019, here.
While ABIM is researching and developing the new option, its current MOC program with the choice of the Knowledge Check-in and the traditional exam will remain in effect.
Submit Feedback to ABIM on Longitudinal Assessment
ABIM is asking for physician feedback and questions on the development of the longitudinal assessment. Share your feedback via this online survey.
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.