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January 4, 2019

Share your thoughts on ABMS’s future vision for MOC

AGA supports an MOC process that is truly educational and relates to our personal subspecialty practice.

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The American Board of Medical Specialties (ABMS) convened the Continuing Board Certification: Vision for the Future Commission to assess the state of continuing board certification (maintenance of certification) and create a framework for the future as a process that is valued by physicians, patients, hospitals and health systems.


The Vision Commission has released a draft report for public comment, which includes the commission’s key findings and recommendations. The report is open for public comment until 11 p.m. CST on Tuesday, Jan. 15, 2019.

AGA is reviewing the draft report and will submit comments to ABMS. On some points, the report complements AGA’s principles for recertification, which emphasize lifelong education that is meaningful to practice and offers remediation opportunities. The commission has a “substantial objection” to the 10-year high-stakes exam as the sole assessment. These are in line with AGA’s principles. But, the report also reintroduces practice improvement as a required component of recertification. While AGA believes in improving practice, we are concerned with the possible reintroduction of a requirement that could prove burdensome.

We continue to commit ourselves to work with our sister societies to advance recertification reform on behalf of the GI and hepatology field.


Share your thoughts with ABMS


We need your help to ensure the voice of gastroenterology is heard — review the draft report and submit comments by 11 p.m. CST on Tuesday, Jan. 15. You’re welcome to cut and paste AGA’s principles for recertification into your letter. We emphasize the need to create a process that supports lifelong learning and offers remediation opportunities. Feedback collected during the public comment period will help shape the Commission’s final report and recommendations on future continuing certification programs. The final report will be submitted to the ABMS Board of Directors in February 2019.


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