We Need You: ABIM Relies on Practicing Physicians to Create the Longitudinal Assessment Option

We Need You: ABIM Relies on Practicing Physicians to Create the Longitudinal Assessment Option

The American Board of Internal Medicine (ABIM) relies on physician volunteers to write and review exam questions, and the forthcoming longitudinal pathway—which can be taken any place and any time, with immediate feedback, including references and rationales—requires substantially more questions than traditional ABIM assessments.

Last year, we heard from physicians in specialties particularly hard hit by the COVID-19 pandemic and recognized that it was not the time to divert their time and attention from caring for patients. That means the longitudinal assessment option for four specialties—Critical Care Medicine, Hospital Medicine, Infectious Disease and Pulmonary Disease—will launch in 2023* to allow more time to create the requisite content for a high-quality assessment.

This year, ABIM is opening the recruitment window for the Item-Writing Task Forces to physicians certified in these areas in order to ensure the delivery of this new assessment option.

Those interested in a position will be asked to submit an interest form that contains a CV, personal statement, and contact information for a professional reference. Interest forms will be reviewed by content area on a monthly basis with special consideration given to those who submit their materials early. To be considered for our next cohort, materials must be received by March 8th.

Check out open positions in your specialty:

We strongly encourage physicians from underrepresented groups in medicine and those practicing in a community setting to submit an interest form. The Item-Writing Task Force is a great way for physicians who are relatively early in their careers to volunteer with ABIM.

Watch the following video to hear from fellow physicians about their experience and benefits such as: work can be done at home, the time commitment is only a few hours a month, and being a Task Force member provides an excellent networking opportunity.

* ABIM will offer the Knowledge Check-In in all four of these disciplines in 2021 to provide a transition pathway to 2023.