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    ABIM touts certification to restore patient trust

     

    The new testing option explained

    Yul Ejnes, MD, a member of the ABIM board of directors and a practicing internist in Cranston, Rhode Island, outlined the testing options beginning in 2018:

    More flexibility. Dubbed the “knowledge check-in,” the 2-year test can be taken with the help of a yet-to-be-named online reference source, and can be taken at home or at a testing center. Results will be available instantly.

     

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    Lower stakes. If a physician fails one 2-year test, it does not mean an automatic loss of certification. If a doctor fails two consecutive 2-year assessments, then additional steps—including taking the long-form, 10-year exam—will be required to maintain certification, according to ABIM. Physicians can still choose to take the 10-year exam to renew certification.

    No consequences in 2018. Physicians who need to recertify in 2018, the first year this new option will be available, will also have a grace period of sorts. There will be no consequences for failing the test in 2018, but skipping the test would result in loss of certification. Failing the test in 2018 will require taking the test again two years later.

    What about certification in 2017? Physicians whose certification is up in 2017 will have to take the traditional 10-year exam.

    What about subspecialties? Subspecialties will be offering the new check-in by 2020. Some subspecialties will be moving to the new option sooner than that.

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    • Anonymous
      Restore "patient trust"? I had to reread this article's title numerous times because I thought ABIM was trying to restore "PHYSICIAN trust". My patients trust me and have zero clue about what ABIM even is....what a joke. I refuse to get recertified ever again...it's just a money making scheme by a monopoly that has somehow garnered way too much power in it's short life. ABIM needs to prove that it even has a purpose beyond just bilking physicians from thousands of dollars to sit answering questions that have nothing to do with ambulatory internal medicine. Why in the world would I need to know vent settings or anything about hospital in-patient treatments (hemodialysis anyone) when I haven't set foot in a hospital in almost 20 years? ABIM is completely obsolete and I'm so thankful the medical community sees it and we physicians are pushing back!

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