ABFM Announces Alternative Examination Option for 2019

Before a packed house of Family Physicians at the AAFP Congress of Delegates in New Orleans on October 9, American Board of Family Medicine (ABFM) Board Chair Jerry Kruse, MD, announced that ABFM will launch a pilot program in January 2019 that will assess the value and feasibility of a longitudinal assessment option to the 10-year certification examination.

Physicians who are current with continuous certification and are due to take the examination in 2019 would be eligible to participate in the optional pilot, which entails completing 25 questions online each quarter.

“We believe that longitudinal assessment can meet many of the needs and desires we have heard voiced by family physicians,” said Dr. Warren Newton, incoming President and CEO of ABFM, in a news release. “It will provide questions on a regular, longitudinal basis, in a format that is much more convenient—a few questions at a time, in the place and time of your choice. You may use clinical references during the assessment, much like you do in practice. You will not need to travel to a test center, nor spend additional time and money on preparatory courses. And, we believe that longitudinal assessment will support your desire for continued learning and practice improvement.”

ABFM is presenting the pilot to the American Board of Medical Specialties’ Committee on Continuing Certification in November for approval.