ABIM, ACC Unveil New Option for Cardiologists to Maintain Their Board Certification

ABIM News Release (03/15/19)

The American Board of Internal Medicine (ABIM) and the American College of Cardiology (ACC) introduced a new Collaborative Maintenance Pathway (CMP) option for certified cardiologists who want to maintain their board certification. ACC CEO Timothy W. Attebery said the new option applies both ACC and ABIM expertise "to create a literal 'pathway' that meets the ongoing learning needs of cardiologists, while also giving patients, the public, and other stakeholders confidence that the care provided by their physicians is of the highest quality." The two groups started working in 2017 on an alternate pathway for cardiologists who wish to maintain their ABIM certification, based on feedback from cardiologists. A Cardiovascular Disease CMP that employs the ACC's Adult Clinical Cardiology Self-Assessment Program for both formative engagement in learning and the demonstration of currency with a yearly performance assessment will be available this year. CMPs in Clinical Cardiac Electrophysiology, Interventional Cardiology and Advanced Heart Failure, and Transplant Cardiology are expected to be available next year. ACC is collaborating on these initiatives with the Heart Rhythm Society, the Society for Cardiovascular Angiography and Interventions, and the Heart Failure Society of America, in addition to the ABIM.

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