Recertification: Self-Evaluation Requirements

January 17, 2013

Note from our editors: This article is the third in a six-part series aimed to walk you through the American Board of Internal Medicine’s (ABIM) future implementation of changes in physician certification.

By John F. Kuemmerle, MD, AGAF

ABIM diplomates who certified after 1989 or who participate in maintenance of certification (MOC) must accrue 100 MOC points during each 10-year cycle prior to taking the secure examination. A key component of this process is accruing 20 points in self-evaluation of medical knowledge and in self-evaluation of practice performance; the remaining 60 can be from either category. To meet the need for self-evaluation of medical knowledge credits, AGA offers six GI Self-Assessment Modules (GI SAM®) totaling 60 ABIM MOC points, with two additional 10-point modules coming in 2013. In addition, upon completion of each GI SAM module a participant receives 10 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™.

AGA’s online GI self-assessment modules cover a wide range of topics based on the GI Core Curriculum. By completing GI SAM modules diplomates not only earn self-assessment MOC points, but also reinforce core knowledge in GI and hepatology at the same time as providing practice answering board-style review questions.

Current GI SAM topics covered include:

  • Digestive diseases of women
  • Disorders of the stomach
  • Esophagus
  • Pancreas
  • GI motility
  • Liver disease
  • Viral hepatitis
  • GI imaging and endoscopic therapy
  • Functional bowel disorders

New modules covering vascular disorders and geriatric GI are forthcoming in 2013. Case-based questions are developed through a rigorous peer-review process using ABIM question-writing guidelines. Each multiple choice question has commentary and rationale explaining correct and incorrect responses and provides learners with additional resources to guide their learning. The participant receives immediate feedback on their responses and the opportunity to remediate their answers. Each module has a total of 25 to 30 questions and is worth 10 MOC points upon completion.

GI SAM is a fully online platform available to participants anywhere at any time. Users can complete modules in multiple sessions if desired, logging in and out and resuming the test where they left off at a later time. This feature allows complete flexibility for physicians to work within their busy schedules.

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