Recently, the leadership of AGA, AASLD, ACG, and ASGE met with Richard Battaglia, MD, the chief medical officer of ABIM, about the status of ABIM’s efforts to move toward a longitudinal testing model, which ABIM describes as “a self-paced pathway for physicians to acquire and demonstrate ongoing knowledge.”
ABIM anticipates that the new option will be available beginning in 2022, in as many specialties as possible. In the meantime, all current MOC program policies remain in effect and ABIM directs diplomates to use the current options to maintain certification.
While we would like to see ABIM waive testing requirements while it works with GI to create a new longitudinal model, ABIM has declined to do so. Notwithstanding this fact, the GI societies are committed to advocating for the needs of gastroenterology while working with ABIM to ensure the new model is relevant to gastroenterology and hepatology.