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The American Board of Medical Specialties (ABMS), of which ABIM is a member, describes longitudinal assessment as a process that involves the administration of shorter assessments of specific content, such as medical knowledge, repeatedly over a period of time. Through a recurring examination process, concepts and information are reinforced so that knowledge is retained and accumulated gradually. Knowledge gained in this fashion can be more readily retrieved and applied to various situations.

ABIM is in the process of developing a longitudinal assessment option for Maintenance of Certification (MOC). We recognize that some physicians may prefer a more continuous process that easily integrates into their lives and allows them to engage seamlessly at their preferred pace, while being able to access the resources they use in practice.

We anticipate this option will become available beginning in 2022 in as many specialties as possible. A long-form assessment will also remain an option, as some physicians have expressed a preference for a point-in-time exam taken less frequently.

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What if I’m due for an MOC Assessment in 2020?

In 2020 physicians will have several options to meet their MOC assessment requirement:

  • The traditional, 10-year MOC exam
  • The shorter Knowledge Check-In in 10 specialties
  • Medical oncologists can take the ABIM/ASCO Learning & Assessment (the choice of topic area will be limited if a diplomate is not currently certified).
  • Currently certified physicians can participate in the ABIM/ACC Collaborative Maintenance Pathway in: Cardiovascular Disease, Advanced Heart Failure and Transplant Cardiology, Clinical Cardiac Electrophysiology, and Interventional Cardiology.

All current MOC program policies remain in effect, including assessment deadlines, points requirements and attestations where applicable. Sign in to your personalized Physician Portal to confirm your due dates and what assessment options are available to you.

What if I’m due for an MOC Assessment in 2021?

In 2021 physicians will have several options to meet their MOC assessment requirement:

  • The traditional, 10-year MOC exam
  • The shorter Knowledge Check-In in eight specialties
  • Currently certified physicians can participate in the ABIM/ACC Collaborative Maintenance Pathway in: Cardiovascular Disease, Advanced Heart Failure and Transplant Cardiology, Clinical Cardiac Electrophysiology, and Interventional Cardiology.

All current MOC program policies remain in effect, including assessment deadlines, points requirements and attestations where applicable. Sign in to your personalized Physician Portal to confirm your due dates and what assessment options are available to you.

For Medical Oncologists Taking the ABIM/ASCO Learning & Assessment in 2020

The ABIM/ASCO Learning & Assessment will remain an option for medical oncologists to meet their assessment requirement in 2020. ABIM will work closely with ASCO to align the Learning & Assessment with the overall longitudinal assessment pathway in advance of its anticipated 2022 launch. We will conduct targeted outreach to medical oncologists and update ABIM’s website and blog on this work throughout the development process.

In addition to the Learning & Assessment, the traditional 10-year MOC exam will remain an option for medical oncologists to meet their assessment requirement.

All other current MOC program policies will remain in effect, including points requirements. Physicians are encouraged to sign in to their Physician Portal to confirm individual requirements and due dates.

For Cardiologists in the ABIM/ACC Collaborative Maintenance Pathway

ABIM/ACC Collaborative Maintenance Pathway will remain an option for those currently board certified in cardiology to meet their assessment requirement.

In addition to the Collaborative Maintenance Pathway, in 2020 general cardiologists and cardiology specialists will have two other assessment options to choose from:

  1. The traditional 10-year MOC exam in cardiovascular disease and all cardiology subspecialties
  2. The Knowledge Check-In, available in several cardiology subspecialties: Advanced Heart Failure & Transplant Cardiology, Clinical Cardiac Electrophysiology and Interventional Cardiology. Physicians are encouraged to sign in to their Physician Portal to confirm individual requirements and due dates.

All other current MOC program policies will remain in effect, including points requirements and attestations where applicable. Sign in to your personalized Physician Portal to confirm your due dates and see what assessment options are available to you.