From Pilot to Permanent: ABOG Program With an Innovative Pathway Integrating Lifelong Learning and Self-Assessment and External Assessment Is Approved

PR Newswire (05/15/18)

The American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology (ABOG) has been cleared by the American Board of Medical Specialties to make its Maintenance of Certification (MOC) pilot program a permanent option. The pilot program, launched in January 2016, was based on ABOG's goal of enhancing MOC relevance to specialty and subspecialty practices. ABOG Diplomates who attain the high performance threshold set by ABOG on Part II: Lifelong Learning and Self-Assessment (LLSA) component in Years 1 through 6 of the MOC cycle can receive credit for meeting the MOC external assessment requirement (Part III: Assessment of Knowledge, Judgment, and Skills). The external assessment requirement is generally met by passing a computer-based exam in MOC Year 6. "We developed a unique way to integrate LLSA and the MOC Year-6 exam by combining annual self-assessment and periodic external assessment," notes Dr. Susan Ramin, ABOG's Associate Executive Director of the MOC program. "This integration of assessments creates an innovative pathway to meet both standards by high performance on LLSA." According to Ramin, by making the pilot program permanent, Diplomates can keep abreast of key changes in OB GYN as well as emerging topics such as Zika virus in real time. The new program goes into permanent status in January 2019.

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