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Item-Writing Task Forces

ABIM established the Item-Writing Task Forces to help Exam Committees keep up with the increased demand for content associated with the new Knowledge Check-In assessments. These Task Forces contribute to developing content by utilizing an innovative, model-based approach.

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

Jeannette P. Lin, MD
George K. Lui, MD
May Ling Mah, MD

Advanced Heart Failure and Transplant Cardiology

Ileana L. Pina, MD, MPH
Wai Hong Wilson, MD

Cardiovascular Disease

Richard A. Hahn, MD
Ihab R. Hamzeh, MD, FACC
Anca Iliescu, MD
Patricia J. Rubin, MD
Ahmad Shihabi, MD, FACC, FASE

Clinical Cardiac Electrophysiology

Rishi K. Arora, MD
Jonathan S. Steinberg, MD

Critical Care Medicine

Paula G. Carvalho, MD
Stephen Derdak, DO
Nidhish Tiwari, MD, FACP, FACC, FASE

Endocrinology, Diabetes, & Metabolism

Matthew T. Drake, MD
Stephanie A. Fish, MD
Susan Leanne Samson, MD, PhD, FRCPC, FACE
Sky D. Graybill, MD
Neena Natt, MD


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

Geriatric Medicine

Edmund H. Duthie, MD, AGSF
Emad E. Shoukry, MD


Kenneth S. Cohen, MD
Ming Yeong Lim, MD

Hospice & Palliative Medicine

Paul L. DeSandre, DO
Eve Makoff, MD
Beth E. Susi, MD, FACP

Hospital Medicine

Shalini T. Reddy, MD
Ankush K. Bansal, MD, FACP, SFHM
Nathan M. Sanderse, MD
David A. Wooldridge, MD, FACP
Donovan Kaine Brown, MD

Infectious Disease

Mari Klausner, MD
Suman Radhakrishna, MD
Nitin M. Bhanot, MD, MPH

Internal Medicine

William A. Kormos, MD
Elexis McBee, DO, MPH
Dario Torre, MD, PhD, MPH
Rachel L. Ramirez, MD
Sudarshan Balla, MD

Interventional Cardiology

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

Medical Oncology

Elizabeth P. Henske, MD
Nina J. Karlin, MD


Simin Goral, MD
Diptesh Gupta, MD
Edgar V. Lerma, MD
C. John Sperati, MD, MHS
Krishna Baradhi, MD

Pulmonary Disease

Molly Osborne, MD, PhD


W. Neal Roberts, Jr., MD
Pascale Schwab, MD
Marcy B. Bolster, MD

Sleep Medicine

Kavita Ratarasarn, MD
Mari Viola Saltzman, DO, FAASM
Manisha Witmans, BSc Med, MD, FRCPC, FAASM

Transplant Hepatology

Curtis K. Argo, MD
Ranjeeta R. Bahirwani, MD
Ayman A. Koteish, MD
Philip Rosenthal, MD
Vandana Khungar, MD, MSc


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