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Be the Change: Help Shape the Future of ABIM Board Certification

July 19, 2018  |  Posted by ABIM  |  ABIM Governance, Announcements, Exam Committees, Physician Feedback

“The reason why I’m here is because change is happening, and I would much rather be part of shaping that change.” New Member, ABIM Item-Writing Task Force

The American Board of Internal Medicine (ABIM) is seeking candidates for 56 positions within its governance structure. Appointment to an ABIM governance role provides a meaningful and rewarding opportunity to join outstanding professional colleagues in service to patients.

Governance members help define the breadth of knowledge of a board certified internist or subspecialist, provide perspective on trends and the scope of their discipline, and collaborate with peers to develop the fairest and most up-to-date assessments possible.

Members of ABIM’s governance have a genuine interest in professional development and standard-setting, and they are committed to advancing ABIM’s mission “to enhance the quality of healthcare by certifying internists and subspecialists who demonstrate the knowledge, skills and attitudes essential for excellent patient care.” Members say ABIM service is among the most demanding of their volunteer roles but also among the most rewarding experiences of their careers.

“I’m very grateful for having had the opportunity to work with the other members of the exam committee and the board, because those individuals really commit a tremendous amount of time and effort to making sure that the examination is fair, relevant and of the highest quality. It is such a privilege to work with them.” Current Member, ABIM Pulmonary Disease Board

ABIM is proud that our boards and committees consist of practicing doctors, patient advocates and allied health professionals from various backgrounds, regions, practice settings and age ranges. ABIM is committed to convening a high-performing governance that reflects the diversity of the internal medicine community. However, as a medical community, there is still work to be done to fully represent the communities we serve.

We strongly encourage nominations from under-represented groups in medicine, as well as physicians who practice in smaller communities or safety-net institutions.

“Diverse representation, in a variety of aspects, is important in all organizations, but that diversity guards against groupthink and enables organizations to ‘see’ a path forward that will not hurt any one group.” Current Member, ABIM Board of Directors

Please consider sharing this post with a colleague or applying yourself to join an ABIM board or committee.

Item-Writing Task Forces are responsible for helping develop exam content for review by the Exam Committees. ABIM has Task Forces for all 20 disciplines, each of which is focused exclusively on using an innovative, model-based approach to the development of exam content. This approach—grounded firmly in research—is known for both helping to scale up content development and improve content quality. The Task Forces are critical to ABIM’s ability to offer the Knowledge Check-Ins.

The role of the Item-Writing Task Forces is to:

  • Help create content for the certification and MOC exams
  • Select and pre-approve items for final review by Exam Committees
  • Test and refine the model-based approach to content development

If you have questions or do not see a posting in your exam area but are interested in applying, please email

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