Rate ABIM exam topics with the Blueprint Review Tool

Monday, February 15, 2016

As part of an effort to engage the medical community in enhancement of the Maintenance of Certification (MOC) program, the American Board of Internal Medicine (ABIM) is reaching out to all physicians board certified in nephrology for feedback on the MOC exam blueprint. The blueprint is the tool ABIM uses to design an exam to assure content appropriately covers the field. ABIM will use your feedback and that of your colleagues to update the content of the Nephrology MOC exam.

"This blueprint review process will help to ensure that the MOC exam is reflective of what nephrology specialists in practice are actually doing today, and we hope you will share your perspective to help us get there." - ABIM

ABIM anticipates using this feedback to update the Fall 2016 MOC exam. To do this, ABIM needs to receive a sufficient, timely, and representative response, so your participation is vital to success. Your decision to participate has no effect on your certification status, and your individual responses will be kept confidential.

What is involved?

  • You will be asked to rate the relative frequency and importance of individual topics in practice, one blueprint section at a time.
  • The estimated time needed to rate each blueprint section varies and could range from approximately 15 to 60 minutes.
  • You can choose to review one section of the blueprint, multiple sections, or the entire blueprint.

How to log in

  • Visit your secure My Home Page on ABIM.org and click on the “Rate exam topics with our Blueprint Review Tool” link
  • Follow the separate log-in instructions to then log-in to the blueprint review tool

If you need assistance, please e-mail ABIMBlueprintReview@abim.org.

Review Blueprints

Other blueprint reviews (transplant-related specialties in bold)

Open now:
• Endocrinology, Diabetes, & Metabolism
• Medical Oncology
• Nephrology
• Rheumatology

Opening soon:
• Cardiovascular Disease

Slated to open Spring 2016:
• Clinical Cardiac Electrophysiology
• Critical Care Medicine
• Gastroenterology
• Hematology
• Hospital Medicine
• Infectious Disease
• Interventional Cardiology

Slated to open Fall 2016:
• Geriatric Medicine
• Hospice & Palliative Medicine
• Pulmonary Disease
• Sleep Medicine
• Transplant Hepatology

Tentatively slated to open before the first MOC exams:
• Advanced Heart Failure & Transplant Cardiology (2018)
• Adult Congenital Heart Disease (2023)