Medscape (10/10/18) Frellick, Marcia
Attendees at the recent American Academy of Family Physicians 2018 Congress of Delegates were informed that an alternative to the 10-year maintenance of certification exam will become available in early 2019. Jerry Kruse, MD, chair of the American Board of Family Medicine's (ABFM) board of directors, said surveys indicate that longitudinal assessment is the preference for ongoing certification. "It is the intent of the ABFM to launch this longitudinal assessment pilot in 2019 as an alternative to the 10-year examination," Kruse told participants. "All family physicians who are scheduled to take the exam in 2019 will be eligible for the pilot." Family physicians who opt to participate in the program must answer 25 open-book questions every three months, with 300 questions to be delivered over three years at a minimum and four years at a maximum. "Clinical references can be used during the assessment, much like you access information in your practice," Kruse said. "A major advantage is that no time will be taken out of your practice for travel for prep courses or testing centers." Kruse added that assessment participation will require no additional fees.