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By Doctors, For Doctors: Help Shape the Future of Board Certification

July 2, 2019  |  Posted by ABIM  |  ABIM Governance, Celebrating Physicians, MOC, Opportunities and Ideas for MOC

“We’re a profession of service, and I think we are very familiar with the concept of serving our patients, serving society. This is similar to that, but this is really serving the profession itself.” Current Member, ABIM Item Writing Task Force

The American Board of Internal Medicine (ABIM) is seeking nominations for 73 positions within our new governance structure. Participating in ABIM governance 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, but most importantly, they have great respect for one another. This has been a continual theme in feedback we have received from past and current members.

“Everyone on the committee is an active practitioner and, as each works in different healthcare environments, they bring different perspectives. During my time on the committee, I really began to appreciate the value ABIM brings to maintaining standards for our profession and the thoughtful and committed people who work there.” Current Member, ABIM Council

ABIM is proud that our specialty boards and exam committees consist of practicing doctors from various backgrounds, regions, practice settings and age ranges. 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 nominating a colleague or applying yourself to join an ABIM board or committee.