ABPMR to Implement Longitudinal Assessment, Replacing 10-Year MOC Exam

ABMS News Release (06/13/19)

The American Board of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation (ABPMR) said recently that it will begin conducting longitudinal assessment using the CertLink technology platform next year, replacing its 10-year secure Maintenance of Certification (MOC) Examination. ABPMR is the first board using the platform to transition from a pilot to a permanent program, while other member boards of the American Board of Medical Specialties have switched via different platforms. In terms of knowledge retention and learning, the ABPMR CertLink pilot found that participating diplomates performed significantly better on the MOC Examination than non-participants, while those who read the critiques did better on their second attempt to answer the question. Meanwhile, physicians performed better on the clone questions administered within the MOC Examination compared to those within the CertLink platform. All ABPMR diplomates maintaining primary certification in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation will be allowed to access CertLink next January, while diplomates whose certificates expire in 2020–2023 can either meet their Assessment of Knowledge, Judgment, and Skills requirement by fulfilling a CertLink participation quota or taking the MOC Examination by the last administration in 2020. Diplomates who are at least five years away from certificate expiration will enter a CertLink assessment period five years before expiration.

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