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Item-Writing Task Forces

ABIM established the Item-Writing Task Forces to help meet the increased demand for content associated with providing physicians new, more flexible assessment options. These Task Forces develop exam content by utilizing a combination of traditional and innovative, model-based approaches to item development.

Model-based question development techniques involve establishing a set of specifications for creating exam questions in a given content area. These specifications are then used to produce many high-quality questions in that content area.

Watch the video below to hear current Task Force members share their experiences with this work. See Task Force openings by discipline.

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Adult Congenital Heart Disease

May Ling Mah, MD
Ari Cedars, MD
Seiji Ito, MD
Zachary Steinberg, MD

Advanced Heart Failure and Transplant Cardiology

Monique Tanna, MD

Cardiovascular Disease

Richard A. Hahn, MD
Ihab R. Hamzeh, MD, FACC
Ahmad Shihabi, MD, FACC, FASE
Nidhish Tiwari, MD, FACP, FACC, FASE
Jean-Bernard Durand, MD

Clinical Cardiac Electrophysiology

Rishi K. Arora, MD
Jonathan S. Steinberg, MD
Mikhael El-Chami, MD
James Ip, MD
Mahmoud Houmsse, MD
Michael Lloyd, MD

Critical Care Medicine

Paula G. Carvalho, MD
Stephen Derdak, DO
Shashvat Sukhal
Tashfeen Mahmood
Ryan Maves
Younghoon Kwon
Rahul Nanchal

Endocrinology, Diabetes, & Metabolism

Stephanie A. Fish, MD
Susan Leanne Samson, MD, PhD, FRCPC, FACE
Sky Graybill, MD
Neena Natt, MD
Joumana Chaiban, MD, FACE
Ugis Gruntmanis
Ricardo Correa Marquez, MD, Es.D


Louis Y. Korman, MD
William M. Tierney, MD
Atif Zaman, MD, MPH
Phillip C. Lindholm, MD
Francisco C. Ramirez, MD
Divyanshoo Kohli, MD

Geriatric Medicine

Edmund H. Duthie, MD, AGSF
John Naumovski
Thomas Michels
Catherine Bree Johnston


Kenneth S. Cohen, MD
Ming Yeong Lim, MD
Margaret Kasner
Nicholas Burwick, MD
Hemant Murthy
Sridhar Srinivasan, MD
Christin DeStefano, MD

Hospice & Palliative Medicine

Paul L. DeSandre, DO
Eve Makoff, MD
Beth E. Susi, MD, FACP
Jasmine Williams
Steven Radwany
Drew Rosielle
Brian Hettrick, MD

Hospital Medicine

Nathan Sanderse, MD
David A. Wooldridge, MD, FACP
Audrey Corbett
Alexander Kinnaird
Paul Salama, MD
Rahulkumar Singh, MD, FACP
Puneet Tuli, MD
Kelly Sponsler

Infectious Disease

Suman Radhakrishna, MD
Nitin M. Bhanot, MD, MPH
Dana Blyth, MD
Anthony Leung
Sonia Chimienti, MD
Rohit Talwani, MD

Internal Medicine

William A. Kormos, MD
Elexis McBee, DO, MPH
Dario Torre, MD, PhD, MPH
Rachel L. Ramirez, MD
Sudarshan Balla, MD
Robert Lichtenberg
Rohan Sen, MD, FACP
Kristen Strasser, MD
Terrence Shaneyfelt, MD, MPH, MET
Matthew Hollon, MD, MPH, FACP

Interventional Cardiology

George D. Bittar, MD
Prospero B. Gogo, MD
Louis Kohl, MD, FACC
Yaser Siraj, MD

Medical Oncology

Elizabeth P. Henske, MD
Nina J. Karlin, MD
Pankaj Gupta
Brian Boulmay, MD
Marco Ruiz
Helen Chew, MD
Ronald Maggiore, MD


Edgar V. Lerma, MD
C. John Sperati, MD, MHS
Krishna Baradhi, MD
Edward Kim, MD, MPH, MHS
Adam Berliner, MD
Leah Haseley, MD
Narothama Reddy Aeddula, MD, FACP, FASN, FNKF
Tejas Desai, MD

Pulmonary Disease

Molly Osborne, MD, PhD
Sarah Lyon, MD
Ogugua Obi
Nitin Bhatt, MD
Kanta Velamuri
James "Mac" Walter
Ali Ataya


W. Neal Roberts, Jr., MD
Pascale Schwab, MD
Benedict Chou, MD
Shailey Desai
Nicole Davey-Ranasinghe, MD
Karen Yeter, MD

Sleep Medicine

Kavita Ratarasarn, MD
Mari Viola Saltzman, DO, FAASM
Anne May, MD
Salma Patel, MD, MPH
Matthew Patterson, MD

Transplant Hepatology

Curtis K. Argo, MD
Ranjeeta R. Bahirwani, MD
Ayman A. Koteish, MD
Philip Rosenthal, MD
Vandana Khungar, MD, MSc
Ian Schreibman, MD, FACG, AGAF, FACP


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