The American Board of Emergency Medicine Maintenance of Certification Summit

Francis L. Counselman, Michael L. Carius, Terry Kowalenko, Nicole Battaglioli, Cherri Hobgood, Andy S. Jagoda, Elise Lovell, Lillian Oshva, Anant Patel, Philip Shayne, Jeffrey A. Tabas, Earl J. Reisdorff

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Background The American Board of Emergency Medicine (ABEM) convened a summit of stakeholders in Emergency Medicine (EM) to critically review the ABEM Maintenance of Certification (MOC) Program. Objective The newly introduced American Board of Medical Specialties (ABMS) 2015 MOC Standards require that the ABMS Member Boards, including ABEM, "engage in continual quality monitoring and improvement of its Program for MOC ..." ABEM sought to have the EM community participate in the quality improvement process. Discussion A review of the ABMS philosophy of MOC and requirements for MOC were presented, followed by an exposition of the ABEM MOC Program. Roundtable discussions included strengths of the program and opportunities for improvement; defining, teaching, and assessing professionalism; identifying and filling competency gaps; and enhancing relevancy and adding value to the ABEM MOC Program. Conclusions Several suggestions to improve the ABEM MOC Program were discussed. ABEM will consider these recommendations when developing its next revision of the ABEM MOC Program.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)722-728
Number of pages7
JournalJournal of Emergency Medicine
Issue number5
StatePublished - Nov 2015

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Emergency Medicine


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