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April 2016
New ABIM Survey Indicates Physician Interest in Potential Changes to MOC Assessment
The American Board of Internal Medicine (ABIM) announced findings this month from its recent survey about potential changes to the current Maintenance of Certification (MOC) assessment. All ABIM Board certified physicians were invited to participate in the survey, and more than 9,200 responded. 
ABIM is considering physician-guided recommendations about options for updating the MOC assessment process as well as a timetable to seek feedback from physicians, launch a pilot, evaluate the pilot and ultimately implement changes. ABIM will share the timetable later this spring.
Key survey findings from the representative sample (29.4% response rate):
  • 86 percent responded positively to the idea of taking an assessment at home or in their office rather than in a testing center and were comfortable with potential tasks necessary to facilitate secure, remote assessment. 
  • 79 percent responded positively to the idea of taking shorter knowledge assessments that would allow them to skip the full-length MOC exam. 
  • 76 percent responded positively to the idea of using online resources during an assessment. 
  • 56 percent responded positively to the idea of shorter, more frequent knowledge assessments; responses to options regarding the preferred length and frequency of assessments varied widely. 
  • 76 percent want maintaining their Board certification to signify they are staying current in the knowledge they need to practice.
Further details on the survey results can be found here.
IDSA continues to be active in voicing concerns and advocating for change regarding MOC on behalf of IDSA members.

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