Hospital Medicine MOC Exam Content
2018 Hospital Medicine MOC Exam Blueprint
In 2016, ABIM updated the Hospital Medicine MOC exam blueprint (pdf)—the exam content outline—to ensure the exam reflects what hospitalists find most important.
- An invitation to review the MOC blueprint was sent to all hospitalists holding valid certification in the field.
- Participants were asked to rate the frequency of blueprint topics in their practice and the importance of individual tasks (e.g., diagnosis, patient care) within those topics.
- These ratings, along with Medicare patient visit data, informed adjustments to the distribution of medical content areas.
- Going forward, blueprint review will occur on an ongoing basis to ensure that all MOC assessments reflect what hospitalists themselves judge to be important to know in their practice.
- The blueprint shows which topics were rated low-frequency and reports the importance ratings for all topics and tasks in the blueprint.
- The blueprint also describes how ABIM is using the ratings to update the MOC exam by emphasizing high-importance content and limiting low-frequency topics.
The detailed Hospital Medicine Maintenance of Certification exam blueprint (pdf) includes content areas covered and their relative percentages on a typical exam.
Multiple editions, or “forms,” of the exam are used, and they may differ in question order and content. Some questions require the interpretation of illustrative materials such as electrocardiograms, radiographs and photomicrographs (e.g., blood films, Gram stains, urine sediments).
A complete description of the process used to develop ABIM exams is available in How Exams Are Developed. Topics include:
- Question content criteria
- Question-writing process
- Question review/editing process
- Relevance review
The exam consists of single-best-answer questions only. This type of question consists of a brief statement, case history, graph or picture followed by a question and list of possible options. You must choose the one answer that is better than the others; note that other options may be partially correct. Familiarizing yourself with the question format in advance may help you work more effectively. Take the tutorial.
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