2017-03-29 20:59:47 UTC

MOC Changes Coming to GI in 2019

March 30, 2017

It remains to be seen whether this new system is an improvement for GI learners.

This week, ABIM announced the tentative timeline for more frequent, open-book assessments for maintenance of certification. Gastroenterologists will have new options in 2019: an open-book long-form assessment every 10 years or an open-book knowledge check-in every two years.

“It remains to be seen whether this new system is an improvement for GI learners. AGA’s educators will compare the changes offered by ABIM against our principles for MOC reform,” says Timothy C. Wang, MD, AGAF, president of AGA. “Reforming the MOC process is a high and long-standing priority for AGA. We have pushed ABIM to offer a system that reflects the realities of practice and how adults learn — and we’ll continue to fight for these principles.”

If you need to renew before 2019 you will need to deal with the status quo. ABIM will pilot the new system with internal medicine specialists and nephrologists in 2018. You can read more on the ABIM blog about the tentative timeline and proposed changes.

We’re interested to hear your feedback on these changes. Go to the AGA Community (requires log in) and let us know what you think.

AGA's Principles for MOC Reform

  • We support ending the high-stakes, every 10-year exam.
  • We do not support closed-book assessments as they do not represent the current realities of medicine in the digital age.
  • We support the principles of lifelong learning as evidenced by ongoing CME activities, rather than lifelong testing.
  • We support the concept that, for the many diplomates who specialize in certain areas of gastroenterology and hepatology, MOC should not need to include high-stakes assessments of areas where the diplomate may not practice.

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