Medical Oncology MOC Exam Content
The detailed Medical Oncology Maintenance of Certification exam blueprint for the traditional MOC exam (pdf) and General Oncology Learning & Assessment (pdf) includes content areas covered and their relative percentages on a typical exam.
In addition, the jointly developed ABIM/ASCO Medical Oncology Learning & Assessment provides oncologists with specialized assessment content. Physicians who choose the Learning & Assessment can take a focused assessment composed primarily of questions from a single content area such as Breast Cancer (pdf) or Hematologic Malignancies (pdf). Therefore, these exams are most appropriate for oncologists who spend a significant amount of their practice time on this disease area. In addition to disease-specific questions, each Learning & Assessment will include core oncology topics such as supportive care, clinical research methodologies, therapeutic principles, and genomics.
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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