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American Board of Radiology November 29, 2009 RSNA - RC 102 ABR - Part of the quality movement, and how it will help you. Dennis Balfe, M.D. Gary Becker, M.D. Jim Borgstede, M.D. N. Reed Dunnick, M.D. Agenda Transition to EOF Dunnick Primary Certification Balfe

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ABR - Part of the quality movement, and how it will help you.Dennis Balfe, M.D.Gary Becker, M.D.Jim Borgstede, M.D.N. Reed Dunnick, M.D.
agenda
Agenda
  • Transition to EOF Dunnick
  • Primary Certification Balfe
  • Maintenance of Certification Borgstede
  • External Environment Becker
  • Including ABMS
  • Questions
american board of medical specialties abms
American Board of Medical Specialties (ABMS)
  • Established 1933
      • ABR established 1934
  • 24 member boards
  • Overarching governing body
among the 24 member boards
Among the 24 Member Boards
  • Radiology is “medium large.”
  • Working to reduce expenses.
  • Playing an increasingly influential role.
abms member boards 2007 certificates
ABMS Member Boards2007 Certificates
  • ABIM 13,062
  • Pediatrics 3,221
  • Family Medicine 2,872
  • Psych & Neuro 2,570
  • Radiology 1,842
  • Radiology ranks 6th by revenue.
time limited certification
Time-Limited Certification
  • Field evolves
  • Practice changes
  • Remote certification obsolete
  • Must “recertify”
abms mandates time limited certification
ABMS MandatesTime Limited Certification
  • All 24 member boards
  • Maintenance of Certification
  • Continue to lead quality
  • Attain “deemed status”
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ABR
  • Last lifetime certificate 2001
  • 8,412 time limited in DR
  • 1,129 time limited in RO
  • 1,885 time limited in RP
current exam structure
Current Exam Structure
  • Physics 2, 3 or 4th year
  • General Content 3 or 4th year
  • Oral 4th year
  • Maintenance of Certification
current exam deficiencies
Current Exam Deficiencies
  • Requires candidates to be “competent” in entire field.
  • Radiology has grown dramatically
  • No one can master it all
  • “Binge and purge” approach
  • Not durable learning
emphasis on fact retention and pattern recognition
Emphasis on fact retention and pattern recognition
  • Unrealistic exam format
  • Poor face validity
  • Intimidating exam setting
physics scores falling
Physics Scores Falling
  • Can take exam 3 years
          • not studying first time?
  • Considered a hurdle, not
  • necessary knowledge
  • Physics teaching inconsistent
exam of the future eof
Exam of the Future (EOF)
  • Residents entering July 2010
  • Computer based
  • Practical
  • Image rich
  • Core and certifying exams
physics
Physics
  • Improve teaching
      • Learning modules
          • Bill Hendee, Ph.D.
          • RSNA supported
  • Include physics in exams
      • Core
      • Certifying
  • Make items more clinical
      • Ph.D. / M.D. teams write items
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  • Comprehensive core exam will cover entire field.
  • Certifying exam will include basic radiology but focus on intended area(s) of practice.
  • Culture of life-long-learning.
international medical graduates img s
International Medical Graduates (IMG’s)
  • Physicians whose radiology training was outside U.S. and Canada.
  • Significant minority of practicing physicians.
  • Need pathway to board certification and maintenance of certification.
international medical graduates
International Medical Graduates
  • 243,457 IMG physicians
  • 25.8% of practicing physicians
  • 28.5% of physicians in training
must have alternate pathway
Must have alternate pathway
  • State Medical Licensure
  • Healthcare organization
  • Quality
  • Reimbursement
abr alternate pathway
ABR Alternate Pathway
  • Four (4) continuous years in a radiology department with residency training program.
      • any combination of faculty or trainee
  • Access to educational materials.
      • Department Chair is “program director”
  • Must pass all examinations.
      • physics
      • written
      • orals
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