One by one, Internal Medicine subspecialties are fleeing the sinking American Board of Internal Medicine (ABIM) Maintenance of Certification® ship and creating new, non-punitive learning pathways in lieu of "recertification."
Especially important in this proposal is the permanent rejection of the need for additional "Performance Improvement" and "Patient Voice" modules AND the rejection of the high stakes secure examination after initial certification.
Here are the gastroenterology ABIM Maintenance of Certification secure examination first-time pass rate results for the past 15 years:
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Look for other medical and surgical subspecialty organizations to quickly follow suit.
The ABMS's lucrative continuing medical education monopoly over practicing physicians will slowly but surely come to an end.
The next question will be: how will this new paradigm affect the new CMS physician payment scheme?