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New ABIM 2-Year Exam Option for MOC for Nephrologists

Thursday, October 5, 2017   (0 Comments)
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Beginning in 2018 nephrologists certified by the American Board of Internal Medicine (ABIM) will have the option of taking a Knowledge Check-In every two years in place of the traditional 10-year Maintenance of Certification (MOC) exam. The ABIM Knowledge Check-In may be taken at your home or office, as well as at a test center. Three hours will be allocated for the exam, unlike the full day required for the traditional exam. It will remain a breadth of discipline exam. Physicians will be able to access UpToDate® — an online, evidence-based clinical decision support resource — directly through the exam platform during the 2018 Knowledge Check-Ins for Internal Medicine and Nephrology. Most physicians will receive immediate performance results with more detailed feedback about performance to follow.

The Knowledge Check-In is designed to be lower stakes and more flexible than the 10-year exam:

  • If a nephrologist is successful on the ABIM Knowledge Check-In in 2018, it will count as a pass. However, if a nephrologist is not successful and his or her exam was due in 2018 or 2019, he or she will have another opportunity to take it again in 2020 without a change in certification status.
  • This doesn't mean nephrologist can skip the assessment. If a nephrologist skips it, and his or her certification expires in 2018, the status will change to Not Certified.
  • In addition to meeting other certification requirements, nephrologists with certifications expiring in 2018 will need to take the Knowledge Check-In or pass the traditional MOC exam or they will no longer be certified.

For more information, visit the ABIM website

Source:  RPA Weekly eNews

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