As you are aware, the American Board of Internal Medicine (ABIM) currently requires that physicians pass a comprehensive high-stakes oncology examination every 10 years to maintain certification. Many concerns were raised by diplomates as the maintenance of certification (MOC) process became increasingly cumbersome and complicated. As a result, the ABIM committed to developing a new process that included active engagement of the physician community in the redesign of alternate pathways for maintaining certification. Earlier this year, the ABIM communicated openness to the possibility of more frequent lower-stakes assessments, delivered by societies such as ASCO, as a potential alternate to the high-stakes 10-year examination.
ASCO convened an MOC Task Force, led by Dr. David Johnson. The Task Force was given the charge to develop a recertification process that is personalized, aligned with physicians’ practice and knowledge needs, and integrated into ongoing physician activities. The ASCO MOC Task Force proposal outlined below shifts the focus of the recertification process from one that is a 10-year assessment of comprehensive knowledge in oncology to one that focuses on continuous learning in oncology. ASCO is committed to delivering an alternate pathway for maintaining certification that is more meaningful and less burdensome.
As a member of this Task Force, I am sharing the proposal for an alternate pathway for maintaining certification, developed after considerable discussion and deliberation. ASCO has been working with the ABIM throughout this process and is impressed by the ABIM’s commitment to collaboration. Our communication with ABIM has been open, encouraging, and productive and has helped shape the proposal outlined here. As this plan is meant to address your needs, the proposal is presented for your input.
After reviewing this proposed alternate pathway, please email your feedback to firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject line "MOC proposed plan." Thank you in advance for your thoughtful review and input!