MOC Update: GI Societies and ABIM Explore New Recertification Pathway

American Gastroenterological Association (10/09/18)

Following a recent meeting with the GI societies and the American Board Of Internal Medicine (ABIM), the American Gastroenterological Association (AGA) says that an easier maintenance of certification (MOC) path for GI and hepatology is being considered. "Inspired by our shared objective to create an alternative to the current ABIM 10-year exam and upcoming two-year check-in, the four societies [AGA, the American Association for the Study of Liver Diseases, the American College of Gastroenterology, and the American Society for Gastrointestinal Endoscopy] have collaborated to explore alternatives that are less onerous, more relevant, less costly, and less time-consuming," AGA writes. The MOC option the participants will jointly develop will be steered by core precepts that they adopted several years ago. Among these guiding principles is the conviction that, for diplomates who specialize within certain areas of gastroenterology and hepatology, MOC should not include high-stakes evaluations of areas in which diplomates may not practice; support for lifelong learning as opposed to lifelong testing; and the notion that single source or time-limited assessments should not be supported, because they do not reflect the current realities of digital-age medicine.

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