How ABMS Plans to Implement Vision Commission Recommendations for MOC Reform

Last Updated: Mar 14, 2019

stethoscope-bookOn March 12, 2019, the American Board of Medical Specialties (ABMS) announced its plan for how it will implement the Vision Commission recommendations for maintenance of certification (MOC) reform.

ABMS’ Vision Commission released its MOC report in February 2019. View the report.

The ABMS Board says it has agreed to the following necessary first steps to implementing the Commission’s recommendations:

  • Establishment of the “Achieving the Vision for Continuing Board Certification” Oversight Committee charged with directing the implementation strategy.
  • Creation of four Collaborative Task Forces that will include representatives from professional and state societies and other external stakeholders – The Task Forces will focus on remediation pathways, professionalism, advancing practice, and information and data sharing.
  • Agreement of all 24 ABMS Member Boards to commit to longitudinal or other formative assessment strategies and offer alternatives to the highly-secure, point-in-time examinations of knowledge.
  • Commitment to develop new, integrated standards for continuing certification programs by 2020 – ABMS says the standards will address recommendations for flexibility in knowledge assessment and advancing practice, feedback to diplomates, and consistency.
  • Establishment of a meeting of the ABMS/Council of Medical Specialty Societies joint Board Leadership to ensure full specialty society engagement.

Read ABMS’ news release on its next steps.

MOC reform is one of PAMED’s advocacy priorities for 2019. PAMED is committed to and will continue to advocate for practical, evidence-based, and affordable life-long learning.

You can check out our advocacy efforts on MOC at And, learn more PAMED’s advocacy priorities at  

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  1. Steve Karp | Mar 18, 2019
    I smell a white wash. Time will tell. And where is the investigation on what the ABMS did with the millions of dollars they received from picking our pockets? And was the money appropriately spent?

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