ABD CertLink Pilot

The American Board of Dermatology (ABD) is committed to enhancing the value of Maintenance of Certification (MOC) for our diplomates. To that end, we are pleased to announce the launch of a pilot program that offers an alternative to the traditional closed-book MOC exam.  

Based on longitudinal assessment principles, the ABD CertLink™ Pilot program provides the utmost flexibility in maintaining your certification. The ABD plans to launch this pilot with a limited number of interested diplomates in 2019, gathering feedback on the process to inform future enhancements and the possibility of adopting CertLink™ as a new means of assessment.

The process of conducting assessment spaced over a period of time gives diplomates a smaller number of questions, at defined intervals, to accommodate preferences and practice-based needs. Throughout the year, a mix of core, article-based, and subspecialty questions will be presented online and via your mobile device, allowing you to access them when you want and from where you want—at home or the office. Because we know your schedule can be unpredictable, we are designing the program to allow you to choose when to answer the questions, within certain time frames.
The ABD pilot program is hosted on the CertLink™ assessment platform, which is powered by American Board of Medical Specialties (ABMS) and developed with input from ABD and several other ABMS Member Boards. CertLink™ questions are based on high-quality, practice-relevant content. Immediate feedback on question performance helps close the knowledge gaps created during the sometimes lengthy period of time between taking a traditional test and receiving your results. With CertLink™, when a question is incorrectly answered, the diplomate will later receive related content questions, providing an additional opportunity to learn. An interactive, private dashboard summarizes your question activity and is always available for reference and review. 

No new fees will be charged for the CertLink™ program. All expenses are incorporated into the current annual MOC fee.

The ABD looks forward to launching this pilot in 2019. We will be in touch as more specifics of the pilot are determined. 

ABD exploring an alternative to the traditional closed-book MOC exam.

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