JOURNAL ARTICLE REVIEW RECERTIFICATION
frequently asked questions
ABOM will launch the Journal Article Review Recertification Pathway in 2018. This new recertification pathway will allow current ABOM diplomates to maintain certification through lifelong learning that is designed to enhance the basic knowledge acquired through the certification process. It will also eliminate the high stakes exam for those who choose to follow the Journal Article Review Pathway. The new pathway is available to diplomates due to recertify in 2022 and beyond. Please review the information below for additional details about the process
How does the Journal Article Review Recertification Pathway work?
In order to recertify through the Journal Article Review Recertification Pathway, eligible diplomates must:
- Earn 60 Journal Article Review points by reading a minimum of 60 articles on the topic of obesity designated by the MOC committee during the 10-year certification period, including at least 12 articles every two years, and responding correctly to 75% of the post-article questions for each article. Each article is worth one Journal Article Review point.
- If a diplomate does not answer 75% of the questions correctly the first time, the diplomate will be provided with a list of supporting references and have one opportunity to try a second time to answer the questions correctly.
- At the end of the 10-year certification period, diplomates earning the required Journal Article Review points will need to show proof of an active medical license and active certification in an ABMS board in order to be eligible for recertification.
- Diplomates successfully earning the required Journal Article Review points and providing proof of active medical license and active ABMS board certification will be exempt from the recertification exam. These diplomates will be granted another 10-year certification term.
How much will the Journal Article Review Pathway cost?
The ABOM will charge $500 over the course of the 10-year certification period for access to the articles and post-article questions, payable in installments of $100 every two years.
How will I access the articles?
The articles and the post-article exams will be available through ABOM’s online certification management system.
How do I find the certification management system?
All diplomates have an account in the online certification management system (CMS). You can access the system here: https://abom.learningbuilder.com
If you certified prior to December 2016, you will need to create your profile within the system before you can access the CMS. To create your profle, please follow the instructions below:
STEP 1. Go to https://abom.learningbuilder.com and follow the instructions under the “Diplomate” heading in order to create an account.
The My Account page now displays. Click the orange Complete Edit button.
How do I know when I am due to recertify?
You can check your certification dates on the ABOM website at any time [enter your own name in the search box].
I am due to recertify in 2020 or 2021. Can I take part in the Journal Article Pathway?
Diplomates due to recertify in 2020 and 2021 are not eligible to participate in the Journal Article Pathway and must take the recertification exam in order to recertify.
What if I do not want to take part in the Journal Article Review Pathway?
Diplomates who do not wish to participate in the Journal Article Review Recertification Pathway may choose to take the recertification exam at the end of their 10-year certification period in order to recertify.
What if I do not complete 12 articles every two years?
Diplomates who do not complete the ongoing journal article requirement (at least 12 articles every two years AND a total of 60 articles), will not be permitted to continue with the Journal Article Pathway and will be required to take the recertification exam in order to recertify.
Is the number of required articles prorated for diploamtes due to recertify from 2022-2027?
Diplomates due to recertify from 2022-2027 will complete a pro-rated number of articles based on the recertification dates below.
Due to recertify in 2022: 24 journal articles over four years
Due to recertify in 2023: 30 journal articles over five years
Due to recertify in 2024: 36 journal articles over six years
Due to recertify in 2025: 42 journal articles over seven years
Due to recertify in 2026: 48 journal articles over eight years
Due to recertify in 2027: 64 journal articles over nine years
Due to recertify in 2028: first class to complete 60 articles over 10 years