ABIM Certification Exam Blueprint Review Underway
and Alternative to Exam Announced

To improve the relevance of the ABIM certification exam for interventional cardiology, the ABIM is currently accepting feedback on the exam blueprint (the outline of topics that make up the exam). Blueprint review involves rating the relative frequency and importance of individual topics in your practice. All input will be used by the ABIM to update the 10-year exam.

To participate, sign in to the ABIM site (www.abim.org), select Interventional Cardiology under “Rate Blueprint Topics with our Blueprint Review Tool,” and follow the prompts. The deadline for submission is Friday, July 15, 2016.

In addition to the current 10-year exam option, the ABIM recently announced plans to begin offering an alternative option for MOC assessment, starting in January 2018.

The new assessment option will:

  • Take the form of shorter assessments that doctors can choose to take on their personal or office computer — more frequently than every 10 years but not more than annually;

  • Provide feedback on important knowledge gap areas so physicians can better plan their learning to stay current in knowledge and practice; and

  • Allow physicians who engage in and perform well on these shorter assessments to test out of the current assessment taken every 10 years.

Those who meet a performance standard on shorter assessments will not need to take the 10-year exam again to remain certified.

SCAI continues to advocate on behalf of our members with the ABIM. SCAI's efforts and those of other societies have led to successful results for four targeted goals which include eliminating requirements to be certified in general cardiology as a prerequisite for interventional cardiology certification, allowing some CME credits to be counted for MOC points, suspending Part IV practice improvement requirements, and changing ABIM’s website designation to “participating (or not participating) in MOC” rather than “meeting (or not meeting) MOC requirements.”

If you have any specific concerns or feedback, please contact Anne Marie Smith at amsmith@SCAI.org.

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