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Maintenance of Certification and Its Association with the Clinical Knowledge of Family Physicians

Researchers in this study compared the performances of recent residency graduates on the initial certification examination to already-certified family physician diplomates participating in the Maintenance of Certification (MOC) program. Additionally, they compared diplomates with gaps in their certification to those that...

Using the American Board of Internal Medicine Practice Improvement Modules to Teach Internal Medicine Residents Practice Improvement

Researchers in this article, investigated the impact of incorporating the American Board of Internal Medicine's Practice Improvement Modules (PIM) in residency programs. The first part of the program involved learning practice improvement (PI) concepts. In the second portion, students used...

Association Between Maintenance of Certification Examination Scores and Quality of Care for Medicare Beneficiaries

The study examines the association between physician cognitive skills, measured by the ABIM Maintenance of Certification (MOC) examination, and physician practice performance, defined by a set of CMS quality measures for patients with diabetes, patients requiring mammography screening, and patients with cardiovascular disease....

Family Physician Participation in Maintenance of Certification

This study examines the characteristics of family physicians that are participating in the Maintenance of Certification (MOC) program. Researchers found that over 90% of physicians eligible to participate in MOC are in fact participating. However, those that work in poor, underserved...

An Analysis of the Knowledge Base of Practicing Internists As Measured by the 1980 Recertification Examination

In this study, researchers reviewed the performance of candidates for the American Board of Internal Medicine's 1980 Recertification Examination compared to those taking the ABIM's 1979 Certifying Examination. They used a common-item linear equating procedure to compare the medical knowledge...

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Decreasing PICU Catheter-associated Bloodstream Infections: NACHRI’s Quality Transformation Efforts

This is a multi-institutional, interdisciplinary quality improvement research study aimed to decrease pediatric catheter-associated bloodstream infections. The study addressed catheter insertion and maintenance with quality improvement teaching and methods for participating PICUs (workshops, conference calls, data collection and submission, change...

Identification of Knowledge Gaps in Neurosurgery Using a Validated Self-assessment Examination: Differences Between General and Spinal Neurosurgeons

This study describes knowledge gap assessment for general and sub-specialty neurosurgeons. Data from the self-assessment in neurological surgery (SANS) general and spine examinations (used in ABNS Maintenance of Certification (MOC) program) was analyzed. Study results revealed different educational needs for general...

Diuretic of Choice in ABFM Hypertension Self-assessment Module Simulations

This research study explored the preferred diuretic use for hypertension treatment by physicians/ diplomates of ABFM in simulated environment. It aimed to assess the dissemination of new clinical information into practice. The SAM provided only general prescribing guidelines. All prescribing...

Who is Maintaining Certification in Internal Medicine – and Why? A National Survey 10 Years After Initial Certification

A mail survey consisting of 20 questions was distributed to physicians certified in internal medicine in 1990, 1991, and 1992, in order to determine the reasons for maintaining certification. The response rate was slightly over 50% and results revealed that...

Association Between Maintenance of Certification Examination Scores and Quality of Care for Medicare Beneficiaries

The study examines the association between physician cognitive skills, measured by the ABIM Maintenance of Certification (MOC) examination, and physician practice performance, defined by a set of CMS quality measures for patients with diabetes, patients requiring mammography screening, and patients with cardiovascular disease....

Promoting Physicians’ Self-assessment and Quality Improvement: The ABIM Diabetes Practice Improvement Module

This is a review of a beta test of the ABIM diabetes practice improvement module, used in recertification program of general internists and endocrinologists. Participant feedback reveals that physicians found self-assessment using the PIM to be a valuable experience. There was wide variability...

Maintenance of Certification of Family Physicians (MC-FP) Self-assessment Modules (SAMs): The First Year

The article summarizes the feedback of a family physician cohort (over 7000 physicians) that went through the first year of activities (Part II self-assessment modules (SAMs)) for the ABFM Maintenance of Certification (MOC) program, newly implemented in 2004. Free text comments from...

Self-assessment of Practice Performance: Development of the ABIM Practice Improvement Module (PIM)

The article describes how the American Board of Internal Medicine (ABIM) develops Practice Improvement Modules (PIMs) and reviews the experiences of the first time users of the Preventative Cardiology PIM (PC-PIM). In this study, the PC-PIM serves as a self administered tool to...

Setting a Fair Performance Standard for Physicians’ Quality of Patient Care

This article describes the process of developing a composite performance measure, intended to serve as an acceptable standard in diabetes care. This is a retrospective study involving a study sample of nearly 1000 physicians certified by the American Board of...

The Association Between Physicians’ Cognitive Skills and Quality of Diabetes Care

This study explored the relationship between general internist Maintenance of Certification (MOC) examination scores and their clinical performance on a diabetes composite measure, assessed through ABIM diabetes PIM. For the PIM, participating physicians were required to abstract between 10 and...

Improving Asthma Care Through Recertification: A Cluster Randomized Trial

This article describes a cluster randomized trial, aiming to assess whether completion of asthma specific PIM has impact on patient outcomes. In completing a PIM, physicians evaluate their management of a specific disease condition, develop and implement a plan to...

Teaching Internal Medicine Residents Quality Improvement Techniques Using the ABIM’s Practice Improvement Modules

The article describes the use of ABIM Clinical Preventative Services Practice Improvement Module (CPS PIM) for teaching Internal Medicine residents quality assessment and improvement techniques, and the effect it has on resident confidence in QI skills. The quality assessment and...