on MOC Advisory Panel

The American Board of Obesity Medicine (ABOM) is calling for volunteers to serve on a Maintenance of Certification (MOC) Advisory Panel. The goal of the MOC Advisory Panel is to recommend an updated MOC program that will be defensible, relevant, and both engaging and efficient for physicians.  At the same time, it will provide the public with a useful, valid assessment of physician competence. Current ABOM recertification requirements can be viewed at


The American Board of Internal Medicine (ABIM) charged a Task Force to develop a vision for the future of physician assessment in internal medicine and its subspecialties. The detailed Assessment 2020 Task Force Report is publicly available on the web at  Here is a very brief summary:
  • Replace the high stakes examination every 10 years with a series of low-stakes assessments that could be taken at home or in the workplace, and that could have some open-book and some closed-book portions.  A longer examination (or some other form of evaluation) would be necessary only in the absence of satisfactory completion of the low-stakes assessments.
  • Focus the assessments on relevant cognitive and technical/procedural skills.
  • Continue to demonstrate non-cognitive skills such as communication, teamwork, quality improvement, etc., as part of primary certification, not MOC.  These important competencies are often dependent upon the teams and systems in which the physician practices, and it is currently unclear how and by whom they can best be assessed at the individual physician level.


The ABOM is looking to select up to eight (8) diplomates to serve on the panel. Panel members will represent key segments of the obesity medicine profession relative to factors including demographics, geography, educational background and training, patient care settings, and specialties.

If you are interested in serving on this committee, please email a letter of intent to Dana Brittan (, ABOM Executive Director, by Wednesday, June 15, 2016. Please explain why you are interested in serving on the panel and what specifically you will contribute to the panel.

TIME COMMITMENT: Please note the time commitment may be up to 4-6 hours per month for at least 1 year. Meetings will initially take place via teleconference with one face-to-face meeting to finalize the report submitted to the ABOM Board of Directors for review.