ABIM Survey Shows Majority of Physicians’ Want Shorter, More Frequent MOC Exams

The American Board of Internal Medicine (ABIM) surveyed board-certified physicians about potential changes to the Maintenance of Certification (MOC) program requirements, and the results reveal that physicians are ready for some changes.

In the survey, ABIM-certified physicians (N=195,867) were asked to complete an online survey about their feelings (positive, negative, or neutral) toward assessment changes ABIM is considering. A total of 9,242 responses were received (4.7% response rate).

In a representative sample of 360 responses:

  • 86.4% responded positively to the idea of taking an assessment at home or in their office rather than in a testing center.
  • 79.4% responded positively to the idea of taking shorter knowledge assessments that would allow them to skip the full-length MOC exam.
  • 76% responded positively to the idea of using online resources during an assessment.
  • 56% responded positively to the idea of shorter, more frequent knowledge assessments, though responses to options regarding the preferred length and frequency of assessments varied widely.

ABIM also asked respondents for their opinion regarding what board certification should signify about them as physicians. The majority of the sample (76%) said they wanted maintaining their board certification to signify they are staying current in the knowledge they need to practice.

ABIM said it intends to use these findings when considering future MOC program updates. “Opinions from physicians gleaned through the survey will be used to frame future discussions and refine details about potential assessment ideas,” said Richard G. Battaglia, MD, chief medical officer of ABIM. “ABIM will continue to engage physicians and societies to explore assessment models that are reflective of practice today.”

View results from a representative sample of the survey participants.

Source: American Board of Internal Medicine press release, April 11, 2016.

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