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ABIM knows that we have many physicians whose lives have been upended by recent natural disasters. If you live or work near an affected area, we understand that the weather may have impacted your ability to take your Fall 2017 exam as scheduled. We have developed a series of options to help you get through this process as smoothly as possible. If you have any questions, please call us at 1-800-441-ABIM (2246) or email request@abim.org.

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For more than 75 years, Certification by ABIM has stood for the highest standard in internal medicine and its 20 subspecialties.

Internal Medicine Self-Assessment Committee

Lawrence D. Ward, MD, Chair

Dr. Ward is an Associate Professor of Medicine in the Department of Medicine at Thomas Jefferson University. He is a board certified general internist and a clinical hypertension specialist. Dr. Ward is also the Vice-Chairman for Clinical Practice and Quality in the Department of Medicine at Thomas Jefferson University. In that role, he develops innovative practice designs for both primary care and subspecialty practices and leads the departmental efforts on quality improvement, population health and pay for performance.

He has been a faculty member at the University of Pennsylvania and the Temple University School of Medicine. At Temple, he served as an Associate Residency Program Director and Medical Director for the primary teaching practice.

Dr. Ward was President of the Mid-Atlantic Region of the Society of General Internal Medicine in 2009 to 2010 and was Chair of the American College of Physician's Council of Young Physicians in 2011 to 2012. He has served on the American Board of Internal Medicine Certification (ABIM) Internal Medicine Board Exam Committee and is currently Chair of the ABIM Internal Medicine Self-Assessment Committee. He has presented at many national conferences including the Society of General Internal Medicine, the American College of Physicians and the Association of Program Directors of Internal Medicine. He has won several awards for his work and has published articles in multiple journals.

Dr. Lawrence Ward completed his master's degree in public health at the George Washington University and his medical degree at Jefferson Medical College. He completed residency training at the University of Pennsylvania.

As of January 2017, Dr. Ward reported no external relationships.

Hal H. Atkinson, MD

Dr. Atkinson, who is board certified in both Internal Medicine and Geriatric Medicine, is Director of the Wake Forest School of Medicine Internal Medicine Residency Program, a position he's held since 2011. He has also served as Vice Chair of Education for the Department of Internal Medicine since 2013.

Prior to his service as Internal Medicine Program Director, Dr. Atkinson directed the geriatrics fellowship at Wake Forest for eight years and served on the Curriculum Steering Group for Wake Forest School of Medicine from 2006 to 2011. He has had several additional educational roles and has been active in clinical and educational research throughout his career.

Dr. Atkinson serves on the Internal Medicine Self-Evaluation Program Committee for the American Board of Internal Medicine. He has served on the Association of Directors of Geriatric Academic Programs Fellowship Directors Committee from 2004 to 2011, is a faculty mentor for the American Geriatrics Society and the Association of Program Directors of Internal Medicine from 2011 through 2015, and was elected to Fellowship in the American College of Physicians in 2011.

Dr. Atkinson received a biology degree from Wofford College and his medical degree from the Medical University of South Carolina. He completed internal medicine residency training in geriatrics fellowship at Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center. He completed a master's degree in health sciences research in 2008 from Wake Forest University.

As of January 2017, Dr. Atkinson reported no external relationships.

Cheryl W. O'Malley, MD

Dr. O'Malley is Program Director of the Banner-University Medical Center Phoenix (B-UMCP) Internal Medicine Program and Assistant Dean for Clinical Curriculum at the University of Arizona College of Medicine-Phoenix. She is board certified in Internal Medicine. Her clinical work is as a hospitalist at B-UMCP, where she also leads and teaches through participation in a variety of quality improvement and patient safety initiatives.

Prior to becoming Program Director in 2008, she served as Associate Program Director and led the program's work as part of the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME)'s Educational Innovation Project which centered around aligning the goals of graduate medical education with those of the hospital and patients. She also served on the faculty at Phoenix Children's Hospital and was certified in Pediatrics until 2010.

Dr. O'Malley currently serves as a member of the American Board of Internal Medicine's Internal Medicine Self-Assessment Committee. She is also the Society of Hospital Medicine's representative to the multi-stakeholder Internal Medicine Education Redesign Advisory Board and is immediate past Chair of the ACGME's Education Innovation Project. She has also held numerous elected and appointed national positions with the Society of Hospital Medicine, the Association of Program Directors in Internal Medicine and the American College of Physicians.

She was elected to the Alpha Omega Alpha honor society as a student, has been selected as clinical teacher of the year by the University of Arizona College of Medicine Phoenix and has earned recognition for quality improvement initiatives including being a finalist in the ABIM Foundation/Costs of Care Teaching Value competition in 2014.

Dr. O'Malley received a bachelor's degree from the University of Notre Dame and her medical degree from the University of Arizona College of Medicine. She completed residency in combined internal medicine and pediatrics at Banner Good Samaritan Medical Center/Phoenix Children's Hospital.

As of January 2017, Dr. O'Malley reported the following external relationships:

Teaching in or developing continuing medical education with funding from the following companies, with compensation for travel expenses and honoraria:

  • Alliance for Academic Internal Medicine/Society of Hospital Medicine, receiving funding as faculty for the Quality and Safety Educators Academy.

Dr. O'Malley serves in a significant role with the following organization, receiving reimbursement or compensation as listed:

  • Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education, receiving compensation for travel for her role on the Internal Medicine Residency Review Committee.

Steven M. Hegedus, MD

Dr. Hegedus, board certified in Internal Medicine, serves on the American Board of Internal Medicine's Internal Medicine Board Exam Committee and practices as a Clinical Hospitalist at Saint Thomas Midtown Hospital in Nashville, Tennessee.

Dr. Hegedus previously served as Secretary and President of the Memphis Academy of Internal Medicine, and is currently active in the American College of Physicians, previously serving as Scientific Program Chair. He is also a member of the Tennessee Governor's Council.

As a practicing internist, Dr. Hegedus works on the wards of a busy urban community hospital, teaching residents and serving on committees focused on quality improvement.

Dr. Hegedus received undergraduate degrees in psychology and pre-professional studies from the University of Notre Dame and a medical degree at Wright State University School of Medicine. He completed house staff training and served as Chief Medical Resident at The Ohio State University Medical Center, and then completed a four-year service commitment as a primary care physician with the National Health Service Corps in Memphis, Tennessee.

As of January 2017, Dr. Hegedus reported the following external relationships:

Dr. Hegedus serves in a significant role with the following organizations receiving reimbursement or compensation as listed:

  • American College of Physicians Tennessee Chapter's Governor's Council member and Scientific Planning Committee member, without compensation.