The American Board of Internal Medicine (ABIM) established the Item-Writing Task Forces to help Exam Committees keep up with the increased demand for content associated with the new Knowledge Check-Ins.
There are Task Forces for all 20 disciplines, each focused exclusively on using an innovative, model-based approach to the development of exam content. This approach—grounded firmly in research[i]—is known for helping to scale up content development while maintaining high content quality.
The Task Forces are critical to ABIM’s ability to deliver Knowledge Check-Ins more efficiently and to generate a substantially higher number of questions with the aspirational goal of making each question “single use.” Being a part of an Item-Writing Task Force will allow for further innovation in ABIM’s assessments, ultimately benefitting both you and your peers.
Item-Writing Task Force members serve renewable one-year terms and spend about 4-6 hours per month remotely developing exam content through a model-based approach. Each quarter, they then join a two-hour call to review the exam content with other Task Force members.
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