ABD Announces CertLink Launch in 2020!

We are pleased to announce that American Board of Dermatology (ABD) diplomates will be able to participate in CertLink®, a new alternative to the Maintenance of Certification (MOC) Exam, to fulfill continuing certification requirements, starting in January 2020.  
This announcement follows an extensive testing phase, in which hundreds of diplomates piloted the platform and provided feedback. Read what diplomates have to say about CertLink.

Diplomates have until November 15 to sign up to participate in CertLink, which will officially launch on January 6, 2020. Click here to sign up for CertLink.

About CertLink
CertLink is a new assessment model that provides an alternative to the existing exam component of ABD’s continuing certification program, which several ABMS member boards are exploring or have implemented.

This platform prioritizes ongoing, lifelong learning by delivering small batches of questions at periodic intervals through an online portal to assess diplomates’ clinical knowledge—with the aim of filling any gaps in diplomates’ knowledge through real-time feedback.

CertLink’s longitudinal approach to assessment allows physicians to spend a few hours each quarter answering questions at a time and place of their choosing and convenience. It’s an approach supported by contemporary adult learning theory.

Beginning with diplomates scheduled to take their MOC Exam in 2020, participation in CertLink can take the place of the exam as long as CertLink participation and performance standards set by ABD are met.

Participating in CertLink
Diplomates who participate in CertLink will be:
  • Asked 13 questions per quarter, for a total of 52 questions per year. To receive full credit, diplomates must answer their 13 questions before the end of each quarter. Diplomates will receive a mix of visual recognition questions, specialty area questions and article-based questions. Using written references and online resources while answering questions is permitted.
  • Asked follow-up, ‘repeat questions’ based on any answered incorrectly (or with low confidence) during the previous quarter. Repeat questions will be similar in concept and wording to the prior questions. If diplomates answer these repeat questions correctly, their previous incorrect answers will be dropped, and only the correct answers will count toward the total assessment score. Repeat questions are in addition to the standard 13 questions per quarter.
  • Permitted to take one quarter off per year  without advanced permission or penalty, using the “Time Off” feature. If a diplomate opts not to take a quarter off, his/her lowest scoring quarter during that year will be eliminated from scoring.

Visit our library of Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) for more information. 

To learn more about how CertLink will be implemented and diplomate requirements based on where they are in the recertification cycle, review the participation overview and timeline.

Diplomates have until November 15 to sign up to participate in CertLink, which will officially launch on January 6, 2020. Click here to sign up for CertLink.

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American Board of Dermatology
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Newton, Massachusetts 02459
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Our Mission

To serve the public and profession by setting high standards for dermatologists to earn and maintain Board certification.