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Item-Writing Task Force Member


If you are interested in this role, apply by filling out the online Candidate Information Form at the bottom of the page.

Entity: Item-Writing Task Force
Certification Area: Geriatric Medicine
Term Start: 1/1/20
Term End: 12/31/20
May be renewed: Annually
Questions? Contact: TDTaskForce@abim.org or 215-606-4115


The role of the item-writing task forces is to:

  • Help create content for the certification and MOC exams
  • Select and pre-approve items for final review by Exam Committees
  • Test and refine the model-based approach to item development
  • Create rationales and supply references for existing exam questions, as necessary

For more information view ABIM Governance.


ABIM is particularly seeking family physicians with expertise in geriatrics to join the Geriatric Medicine Item-Writing Task Force. Candidates for this task force should be certified in a relevant discipline by ABFM or ABIM.

Requirements for ABIM Service

  • Commitment to ABIM's mission “to enhance the quality of health care by certifying internists and subspecialists who demonstrate the knowledge, skills and attitudes essential for excellent patient care.”
  • Genuine interest in professional development and standard-setting for internal medicine and its subspecialties.
  • Willingness to comply with the MOC Participation Policy for Physicians Serving ABIM, if applicable, which includes a requirement that diplomates certified before 1990 who have never passed an MOC exam must take and pass an MOC exam within the first three years of ABIM service.
  • Willingness to comply with ABIM's Financial and Academic conflict of interest policies, which require relationship disclosures be updated at least annually, and prohibit participation in “board review” or "board prep" courses throughout and two years after ABIM service.
  • Strong communication, interpersonal and collaboration skills, as well as ability to meet deadlines and complete task assignments.
  • For in-person meetings, ABIM arranges and pays for lodging, and reimburses members for meals and travel that fall within the ABIM financial guidelines.

Time Commitment

Item-writing task force members are asked to participate in four short webinar meetings per year, as well as commit to four to six hours of independent, remote work each month. No travel is required. Task force members have an initial term of one year, renewable annually pending satisfactory performance.

Submission Deadline


Decision Expected

December 2019

Candidates will be asked to provide:

  • Curriculum Vitae/Resume
  • Letter of Support from a colleague who knows you and your work well.
  • Reference Contact Information – ABIM contacts references for insight into candidates' personal characteristics and collaboration style
  • Personal Statement – Approximately 300 words describing your perspective of the ABIM mission and your role in it.

To be considered for this opening, please complete and submit the online Candidate Information Form.