By Oren Fix, MD, FAASLD, Chair, MOC Committee
GI MOC Blueprint Review – Completion and Results
The American Board of Internal Medicine (ABIM) recently announced updates to the Gastroenterology MOC examination blueprint which will be incorporated into the spring 2017 exam. You may have noticed that liver content is down to 22% from 25% of the content. While that isn’t a large percent change, most other GI topics didn’t change. Esophagus increased by 1% and colon by 2%; all others stayed the same.
ABIM explained that they used a sample of 400 survey responses to determine the relative distribution of questions by topic. This means that if hepatologists want to see more liver questions, it is imperative that we participate in these periodic blueprint reviews. The blueprint review is a crucial part of MOC reform that allows diplomates to share data about their real-world clinical experience and serves to make the exam less esoteric by asking about the prevalence of common diseases. Your input can ensure that future GI blueprints are relevant to your daily practice as a hepatologist. It will be several years before the GI exam is fully reviewed again – although new content will be incorporated into the existing structure – however you can still provide feedback directly to the ABIM at ABIMBlueprintReview@abim.org.
Transplant Hepatology MOC Blueprint Review – Coming Soon
ABIM anticipates that the transplant hepatology MOC exam blueprint review survey will be launched late spring 2017. We encourage all ABIM-certified transplant hepatologists to participate in this process to help ensure the exam relevantly reflects practice. AASLD will send announcements and reminders to members when that process is available. It is especially critical that all transplant hepatologists respond, as the number of diplomates for our subspecialty is small.
New Format for Internal Medicine MOC Exam – Reminder
In December ABIM announced that there will be a new optional two-year assessment – in addition to the current 10-year format – for the internal medicine MOC exam in 2018. For a reminder about the details, visit ABIM’s website. This new format is only scheduled for internal medicine in 2018 – not for any subspecialties. As such AASLD is continuing to work with ABIM and the internal medicine community on exploring new (and innovative) assessment formats.
Take Action this Spring!
No matter what format the specialty and subspecialty MOC exams take, they will always be guided by a content blueprint. It is critical to participate in the review process to ensure the content is relevant and reflective of practice in hepatology. This spring, please be sure to take action when the transplant hepatology blueprint is released and to contact ABIM with your feedback about the GI blueprint.
As always, if you have any questions or comments for the AASLD regarding MOC, please do not hesitate to contact Katie Duggan, Director of Training and MOC at firstname.lastname@example.org.