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The American Board of Preventive Medicine Announces Requirements for Diplomates to Maintain Certification during the Transition to the New, Continuing Certification Program

Chicago, IL, December 10, 2019: The American Board of Preventive Medicine (ABPM) today announced the requirements for its Diplomates to maintain ABPM Certification during the transitional period from the current Maintenance of Certification (MOC) program to a new and innovative Continuing Certification Program (CCP).  The transitional period will begin February 1, 2020 and continue through December 31, 2022 (Transitional Period).

The objective of ABPM’s Transition Plan is to provide Diplomates with a thoughtful, simple, well-organized and orderly transition from the current MOC requirements to the more flexible and relevant requirements of the new CCP.

During the Transitional Period, the requirements to maintain ABPM Certification will be as follows:

  • ABPM will continue to require its Diplomates to maintain a full, valid, and unrestricted medical license in all states, territories or jurisdictions in which they are licensed to practice medicine.
  • For each calendar year 2020, 2021 and 2022, Diplomates will be required to attest to the completion of twenty-five (25) AMA PRA Category 1TM continuing medical education (CME) credits (or the equivalent). The required attestation will be available to Diplomates via ABPM’s Diplomate portal and will no longer require Diplomates to submit proof of completion. Instead, Diplomates will simply electronically sign the attestation confirming completion of the required CME courses.
  • Diplomates whose ABPM Certificates expire between January 1, 2020 and January 31, 2023, will be required to take and pass the MOC exam in each Specialty or Subspecialty for which recertification is being sought.
  • ABPM’s current requirements for MOC Part IV Improvement in Medical Practice (IMP) will remain unchanged. However, in addition to receiving current credit for IMP activities completed during the Transitional Period, the Diplomate will also receive credit for the first IMP (or its equivalent) that will be required by ABPM’s CCP. During the Transitional Period, ABPM will not require Diplomates to submit proof of completion by Diplomates of IMP activities during their current Certification Cycle. Instead, Diplomates who complete an IMP activity in their Specialty/Subspecialty during the Transitional Period will simply log on to ABPM’s Diplomate portal and submit an attestation of completion.
  • Prior to February 1, 2023, Diplomates must attest to completion of a one-hour patient safety course (PSC) by using ABPM’s Diplomate portal. This requirement can be fulfilled in one of two ways: (1) Successful completion of an ACGME-accredited residency or fellowship in 2012 or later, or; (2) Successful completion of an ABPM-approved PSC.

Consistent with its current MOC program, throughout the Transitional Period ABPM will continue to audit up to five percent (5%) of the Diplomates with respect to fulfillment of their MOC requirements. These audits will require Diplomates to submit to ABPM proof of completion of CME activities including the IMP activity.

“Although the updated ABMS Standards for CCP may not be finalized for another year, we are already engaged in the planning process for our CCP which will be developed based on recommendations of the Continuing Board Certification: Vision for the Future Commission (Commission), not the least of which will include ABPM moving away from the every 10-year examination to an innovative longitudinal assessment model,” said Hernando “Joe” Ortega, Jr., MD, MPH, ABPM Board Chair. “The annual engagement with Diplomates that is part of the requirements during the Transitional Period is not only consistent with the recommendations of the Commission to engage with Diplomates annually but, equally important, allows Diplomates to become comfortable with the annual engagement before the launch of CCP.”  Dr. Ortega added, “We believe that by retaining the core requirements of our MOC program while increasing flexibility and providing credit toward our future CCP during the Transitional Period, Diplomates will view this change favorably and find it to be a positive first-step toward an increasingly relevant and less burdensome process.”

ABPM Diplomates can find specific requirements for maintaining their Certificate during the Transitional Period by going to the ABPM’s website at https://www.theabpm.org/maintain-certification/transitional-moc-to-continuing-certification-program/.

The American Board of Preventive Medicine (ABPM) is a Member Board of the American Board of Medical Specialties (ABMS). Founded in 1948, ABPM works with the ABMS in the development of standards for the ongoing assessment and certification of over 12,000 physicians certified by the ABPM in the Specialties of Aerospace Medicine, Occupational Medicine, and Public Health and General Preventive Medicine, and in the Subspecialties of Addiction Medicine, Clinical Informatics, Medical Toxicology and Undersea and Hyperbaric Medicine.

ABPM Increases Flexibility for Diplomates by Combining Lifelong Learning and Self-Assessment Requirement into a Single Continuing Medical Education Requirement

Chicago, IL, August 30, 2019 – The American Board of Preventive Medicine (ABPM) announced today that, as a first-step toward a comprehensive overhaul of its Maintenance of Certification (MOC) program, the ABPM Board of Directors has approved a revision to its current MOC Part II requirement by combining MOC Part IIA, Lifelong Learning and Self-Assessment (LLSA) and MOC Part IIB, Continuing Medical Education (CME) into a single, comprehensive MOC Part II requirement.

Specifically, diplomates will no longer be required to complete a minimum number of ABPM-approved LLSA credits in order to complete MOC Part II. Instead, beginning on February 1, 2020 and during each ten-year Certification Cycle, a Diplomate’s total of 250 MOC Part II credits can include any combination of LLSA and AMA PRA Category 1 CME credits (or their equivalent). 

In announcing this new policy, the ABPM’s Board Chair Hernando “Joe” Ortega, Jr., MD, MPH, said “The ABPM is pleased to offer our Diplomates a simplified and less burdensome MOC Part II requirement.”  Dr. Ortega went on to say that “Since there will be no required minimums for either type of credit, Diplomates will have the flexibility to choose between and amongst the various LLSA and AMA PRA Category 1 CME credits that best fits their practice.  Our doctors can select the CME offerings that will be most effective and impactful in achieving their individual learning goals.  This is a small, but important step on the ABPM’s journey toward a Continuing Certification program that incorporates the recommendations of the ABMS Vision Commission and, more importantly, is responsive to feedback from our Diplomates.”

The process by which Diplomates will be able to obtain MOC Part II credit from the ABPM will remain unchanged.  Diplomates must forward certificates/transcripts for completed LLSA and/or CME credits to the ABPM office at moc@theabpm.org

Any questions about this updated policy can be directed to the ABPM Staff at abpm@theabpm.org

The ABPM is a Member Board of the American Board of Medical Specialties (ABMS). Founded in 1948, ABPM works with the ABMS in the development of standards for the ongoing assessment and certification of over 12,000 physicians certified by the ABPM in the Specialties of Aerospace Medicine, Occupational Medicine, and Public Health and General Preventive Medicine, and in the Subspecialties of Addiction Medicine, Clinical Informatics, Medical Toxicology and Undersea and Hyperbaric Medicine.

The American Board of Preventive Medicine Announces the Approval of its Longitudinal Assessment Pilot for Clinical Informatics

Chicago, IL, November 25, 2019 – The American Board of Preventive Medicine (ABPM) announced today that the American Board of Medical Specialties’ (ABMS) has formally approved the ABPM’s proposed Longitudinal Assessment Pilot (LAP). The LAP pilot will include all current Diplomates Certified by the ABPM in the Subspecialty of Clinical Informatics.  The LAP pilot is scheduled for launch in the first quarter of 2021 and will run for a consecutive 24-month period.

The LAP pilot is designed as an alternative to the ABPM’s current high-stakes MOC examination which every Diplomate is required to take and pass every ten-years in order to maintain Certification.  In lieu of taking the required MOC examination, all Diplomates Certified by the ABPM in Clinical Informatics will be enrolled in the LAP pilot and, beginning in 2021, LAP participants will answer a total of twenty-four Subspecialty-specific questions, twelve in the first six-months and an additional twelve in the second-six months of each year of the pilot.  The LAP will be offered electronically where Diplomates will be able to answer each question from their own computer at a time and place that is convenient for the Diplomate.  Questions will be open-book and open-resource providing Diplomates with the flexibility to participate in the LAP in a way that is consistent with how Diplomates practice medicine in today’s environment. After each question is answered, the LAP platform will provide the correct answer, references, and a critique so as to provide the Diplomate with a complete learning experience. LAP participants will be able to access their individual performance and their performance as compared to their peers on an on-going basis through ABPM’s physician portal.

“ABPM is committed to moving from its current high-takes MOC examination to a more innovative and simplified assessment methodology. Consistent with the recommendations of the ABMS’ Vision Commission, we’re excited to begin that process with the announcement of the LAP pilot for our Clinical Informaticists,” said Hernando “Joe” Ortega, MD, MPH, ABPM Board Chair. “ABPM Diplomates have made it clear that they desire greater flexibility and more meaningful activities that are designed to confirm their knowledge, judgment and skill, especially when it comes to the high-stakes examination. As a first step toward a complete transition from its current MOC program to a more flexible Continuing Certification Program (CCP), the ABPM actively decided to invest the time and resources required to create a meaningful and relevant LAP experience for our Diplomates.”

Dr. Ortega went on to say “Our current MOC program will have to remain in place for the next 2-3 years but during that period we will continue to evaluate the LAP in order to confirm that, when launched across all of our Specialties and Subspecialties it will not only evaluate knowledge and practice, but provide objective feedback to our Diplomates that they may not receive otherwise. Instead of a periodic high-stakes examination where your Certification status is decided, the LAP will highlight knowledge gaps and will provide resources for Diplomates to seek out educational opportunities that will address those identified areas to maintain a well-rounded specialist.  In this way, the ABPM’s LAP should be assisting Diplomates in maintaining the knowledge, skills and abilities of their chosen specialty.”

Diplomates Certified by the ABPM in Clinical Informatics and participating in the LAP pilot will not be required to take the high-stakes MOC examination but instead, will be deemed to have met this requirement via participation in the LAP pilot.

Upon the conclusion of the LAP pilot, and beginning in the first quarter of 2023, it is anticipated that the ABPM will complete its transition and launch its CCP across all of its Specialties and Subspecialties and which transition will include, but not be limited to implementation of a LAP.

The ABPM is a Member Board of the American Board of Medical Specialties (ABMS). Founded in 1948, ABPM works with the ABMS in the development of standards for the ongoing assessment and certification of over 12,000 physicians certified by the ABPM in the Specialties of Aerospace Medicine, Occupational Medicine, and Public Health and General Preventive Medicine, and in the Subspecialties of Addiction Medicine, Clinical Informatics, Medical Toxicology and Undersea and Hyperbaric Medicine.