Throughout the COVID-19 epidemic, the American Board of Medical Specialties (ABMS) and its 24 Member...
ABMS is opposed to the American Medical Association’s call for the immediate end to any mandatory, secure recertifying examination by ABMS or other certifying organizations as part of the recertification process for those specialties that still require a secure, high-stakes recertification examination.
ABMS announced today the addition of Institute for Healthcare Improvement (IHI) Open School online courses to the ABMS MOC Directory, powered by MedEdPORTAL’S CE Directory (MOC Directory). Diplomates of several of the ABMS Member Boards may now meet their Board’s Lifelong Learning (MOC Part II CME), Self-Assessment (MOC Part II SA), and Patient Safety requirements by participating in the IHI Open School courses.
ABMS officially recognized Addiction Medicine as a subspecialty at its October 2015 Board Meeting in Dallas, Texas. The American Board of Preventive Medicine (ABPM), a Member Board of ABMS, sponsored the application for the subspecialty to allow physicians certified by any of the 24 ABMS Member Boards to apply for the new certificate.
The lack of relevant quality metrics and an understanding of what to do with the resulting data coupled with small sample sizes are significant barriers to reporting surgeon-specific outcomes, according to ABMS Visiting Scholar Stephanie Yi, MD.
Whether a patient is being transferred from the Emergency Department to a medical floor or from the Operating Room to the Surgical Intensive Care Unit, patient handovers are key. The clinical information provided in handovers contributes to continuity of care, patient safety, and a reduction in clinical errors. However, multiple regulatory groups and professional organizations have identified significant shortcomings in handovers.
All Marie T. Brown, MD, FACP, wanted to do was meet her Maintenance of Certification (MOC) requirements. Instead, the Oak Park, Illinois-based internist and geriatrician increased immunization rates for her patients and became a national advocate for adult immunization. Next, she improved care processes for patients with diabetes leading to better hemoglobin and blood pressure control. Moreover, the lessons Dr. Brown learned about practice transformation were so powerful that she now lectures on the topic across the country.
Board certification matters. It has been a hallmark of public and professional trust for the past century and is so today. But make no mistake. The need to demonstrate professionalism, lifelong learning, assessment, patient safety, and quality improvement – the values that certification represents – does not end with initial certification.
On February 3, the American Board of Internal Medicine (ABIM), an ABMS Member Board, announced a significant review of its Program for Maintenance of Certification (MOC).On February 3, the American Board of Internal Medicine (ABIM), an ABMS Member Board, announced a significant review of its Program for Maintenance of Certification (MOC).
ABMS Member Boards’ MOC Programs serve the public’s health and are an important part of professional self-regulation that provides a discipline-specific framework for continuing professional development and learning in support of ABMS Board Certification.
ABMS supports ABIM in its efforts to make its MOC Program more meaningful for its physicians while maintaining the high level of quality envisioned by the 2015 Standards for the ABMS Program for MOC (ABMS MOC®). An important goal of the standards is to provide physicians a relevant, user-friendly, and meaningful MOC process as those ABMS Member Board-certified physicians care for their patients, families, and communities. ABIM’s acknowledgement that its MOC Program could improve clearly demonstrates that ABIM is listening to the internal medicine community and is serious about making changes as part of its own continuous quality improvement process.
All ABMS Member Boards share a focus on helping to ensure that patients receive the high quality medical care that they have come to expect from Board Certified physicians.
The American Board of Medical Specialties (ABMS) expresses its support for the single accreditation system for graduate medical education announced by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME), the American Osteopathic Association (AOA), and the American Association of Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine (AACOM).