2016-04-06 13:45:52 UTC

AGA Leads Coalition of Specialties Asking ABIM for Clarity on MOC

April 5, 2016

Presidents of AGA and leading specialty societies asked for an answer by the end of April and will keep you posted on what we hear.

As part of our advocacy that the American Board of Internal Medicine (ABIM) reform maintenance of certification (MOC), AGA sent a letter to ABIM on April 5, 2016, seeking to understand its plan for re-engineering MOC to reflect the changing nature of medical practice. Presidents of AGA and leading specialty societies posed the following questions:

  1. What is the overall vision or philosophy ABIM is looking to embrace regarding MOC?
  2. What additional changes to MOC is ABIM considering?
  3. Will ABIM consult the internal medicine community prior to announcement — let alone implementation — of further changes? If so, when and how?
  4. What is ABIM’s timeline for implementing the co-created, re-engineered MOC? Could ABIM share its current form and provide updates as adjustments occur? For example, part of the 2020 Task Force assessment was to reconsider the secure exam. For many diplomates, the 10-year exam is due soon. Should they wait to see if a different method of “exam”/assessment will be rolled out?
  5. What does ABIM view as the respective roles of the ABIM Board of Directors, ABIM Council, ABIM specialty boards and ABIM staff in this process?

We asked for an answer by the end of April and will keep you posted on what we hear.

Read the full letter. It was signed by AGA, American College of Rheumatology, American Society of Nephrology, Endocrine Society, Infectious Diseases Society of America, Society of Hospital Medicine, American Association of Clinical Endocrinologists, ACG, American Geriatrics Society, Renal Physicians Association, ASGE and American Society of Clinical Oncology.

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