American Board of Medical Specialties (03/12/2019)
The American Board of Medical Specialties' (ABMS) Board of Directors has announced plans to address recommendations shared in the Continuing Board Certification: Vision for the Future Commission's final report. The board consented to initial implementation procedures, starting with setting up an "Achieving the Vision for Continuing Board Certification" Oversight Committee to direct implementation strategy, soliciting guidance from the ABMS' new Stakeholder Council in the continuing certification process. Additionally, it will create Collaborative Task Forces to concentrate on remediation pathways, professionalism, advancing practice, and information and data sharing, employing representatives from professional and state societies and other outside stakeholders. Another priority will be an agreement between all 24 ABMS Member Boards to commit to longitudinal or other formative assessment strategies, and offer alternatives to highly-secure, point-in-time knowledge analyses. The next step involves ABMS' commitment to develop new, integrated standards for continuing certification programs by 2020, emphasizing commission recommendations for flexibility in knowledge assessment and advancing practice, feedback to diplomates, and consistency. In addition, the ABMS/Council of Medical Specialty Societies joint Board Leadership will hold a meeting to ensure complete specialty society engagement in building the roadmap defined by the commission report, with emphasis on continuing certification's role in advancing clinical practice.