Summary Report: Fall 2019 Geriatric Medicine Board Meeting

ABIM Blog (09/23/19)

The fall meeting of the American Board of Internal Medicine's (ABIM) Geriatric Medicine Board included an update on ABIM's recently announced longitudinal assessment pathway, the responses of society partners and diplomates, continuing planning activities concerning the pathway's development, and potential effects of offering this option. The Geriatric Medicine Board was optimistic about the future of maintenance of certification (MOC) and expressed commitment to ongoing MOC program improvements. A topic for discussion was why certified geriatricians, especially those certified in other ABIM subspecialties, may decide not to engage in geriatric medicine MOC. The Diplomate Professional Profile also is being updated with specialty-specific questions, with diplomates to be asked to complete a periodic poll about the properties of their professional activity so ABIM can guarantee exam questions are relevant to actual clinician practice. The Geriatric Medicine Board also discussed pre-fellowship procedural competencies that internal medicine residents should have, with the American Geriatrics Society, the Association of Directors of Geriatric Academic Programs, fellowship directors, and recent fellows cited as key stakeholders in identifying such procedures for geriatric medicine when this is investigated in the future.

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