ABIM to Pursue Longitudinal Assessment Option for Maintenance of Certification

Last Updated: Aug 22, 2019

stethoscope_book_CMEOn 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.  

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  1. Steve Karp | Aug 23, 2019
    All the ABIM is doing is digging a deeper hole for itself. Changing the exam ensures that there is an exam, which ensures that they will continue to pick our pockets. Of course what they're doing with the money is where their liability lies. If Trump needs to show his tax returns shouldn't these not-for-profits show where they spend the money they take from us? Perhaps all of us need to contact our legislators with a request for them to propose and pass a bill regarding attorney's retaking their Bar exam at ten year intervals. Doesn't the law change? Aren't we told that we have a living constitution with a dynamic meaning? Aren't state and federal laws constantly updated? Time for the lawyers to put on the big boy/girl pants and start studying up. Since physicians have lost control of the medical field isn't it time for attorneys to lose control of the legal field? Time for us to fight and it starts with putting the other side on the defensive to justify what they don't do.

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