ABMS Member Boards Collaborate With Specialty Societies on Assessment Activities

ABMS News Release (07/15/21)

American Board of Medical Specialties (ABMS) Member Boards are increasingly partnering with their respective Specialty Societies on activities to improve lifelong learning. For example, the American Board of Anesthesiology (ABA) and the American Society of Anesthesiologists created a High-Priority Topics Report featuring knowledge assessment data collected from the ABA's MOCA Minute. The report was pilot-tested last year and will be offered to continuing medical education (CME) providers starting this July. Providers will receive biannual aggregate examination data for all diplomates including blueprint categories, codes and key points, along with information on related learning activities retained in the ABA's CME Explorer tool. Another example is the American Academy of Dermatology (AAD) and the American Board of Dermatology's (ABD) launch in 2016 of the Question of the Week self-assessment tool. The following year ABD designed an interface with the AAD's CME Transcript Program to automatically post CME, self-assessment and practice improvement credits for board certified dermatologists on their ABD Maintenance of Certification (MOC) Tables. This ensures that dermatologists earn MOC credit for their educational activities with AAD. ABMS' new continuing certification standards are designed to further collaboration between the Member Boards and Specialty Societies on lifelong learning and quality improvement programs.

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