The American Board of Internal Medicine (ABIM) has announced plans to develop a new self-paced longitudinal assessment for maintenance of certification (MOC) as an alternative option to the traditional every-10-years exam.
“With this new option, physicians will be able to answer a question and receive immediate feedback as to whether it was correct or not, along with the rationale, and links to educational material,” according to a statement from ABIM Board of Directors Chair Marianne M. Green, MD, and President and CEO Richard J. Baron, MD.
ABIM is currently seeking comments on the proposal at its website and has no timeline for its implementation. The new option could possibly replace the every-two-years Knowledge Check-In (KCI) exam rolled out just last year.
“We see the development of the longitudinal assessment option as an ongoing collaboration with the internal medicine community, with many opportunities for feedback throughout the process. We’ve already had a strong initial response to the announcement, and will spend a lot of time reviewing what physicians have told us,” Baron told Kidney News.
The longitudinal assessment format would allow physicians to log on from anywhere and answer as few or as many questions as desired or as time permits, using whatever information resources they use when treating patients.