ABD launches CertLink Pilot!

The American Board of Dermatology (ABD) will begin piloting a new approach to the ABD’s Maintenance of Certification exam this summer. Known as CertLink™, it is an online platform for longitudinal assessment that will help physicians evaluate their knowledge, fill any gaps, and demonstrate proficiency by answering a few practice-relevant questions. The questions can be answered at your convenience at home on a laptop or computer, or on-the-go with a mobile device.

Once the 22 physician Directors and Executive Staff of the ABD complete the initial testing phase, ABD will call for volunteers from among its diplomates in 2019 for broader pilot testing with the intent to make the program available to all diplomates in 2020 or 2021. Directors will move forward with CertLink only if it is considered equivalent to or an improvement upon the closed-book exam diplomates must currently take to maintain certification. 
What’s different about CertLink?
CertLink opens opportunities for diplomates to:
• Assess your knowledge of practice-relevant content;
• Access the platform via desktop, tablet, or smartphone;
• Complete test questions at convenient times and locations;
• Answer test questions in smaller batches over time, rather than in one high-stakes exam;
• Get immediate, focused feedback and guidance to resources for further study;
• Answer article-based questions that keep you up-to-date with the best available, practice-changing articles;
• Compare your performance to your peers; and
• Use a personal dashboard that displays areas of strength, as well as knowledge gaps.
Are other American Board of Medical Specialty member boards piloting CertLink?
Other member boards see the potential value in offering CertLink and are also piloting it with their diplomates, including the American Board of Colon and Rectal Surgery, American Board of Medical Genetics and Genomics, American Board of Nuclear Medicine, American Board of Otolaryngology, American Board of Pathology and American Board of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation. Still others are adopting or are planning to adopt longitudinal assessment approaches to the exam component of their continuing certification process, similar to CertLink. 
Why CertLink and why now?
We’ve listened to the ABD diplomate community, and the Board is committed to a process that meets the unique needs of dermatologists, with the ultimate goal of ensuring that the best care is delivered to our patients. We believe CertLink—with its simplicity, convenience, and flexibility—is the future of physician assessment. Given that CertLink is still in the pilot phase, some details of the program may evolve over time as ABD tests it to ensure it meets the needs of diplomates.
To learn more about CertLink, we encourage you to visit ABMS’s website and to read our FAQs.

To help us plan for the next phase of the pilot (in 2019), let us know if you are interested in being a pilot tester by completing our short online form.
Over the pilot testing period, we will keep you informed of any developments that occur in a timely manner. In the meantime, if you have any questions about CertLink or the pilot program, please contact us.







The ABD is piloting an alternative to the MOC Exam.

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