What is Longitudinal Assessment?
Longitudinal assessment is a formative method of evaluation, based on adult learning principles, that administers shorter, technology-enabled assessments over time to not only assess knowledge of the content but also facilitate learning and retention of the content.
What is the ABIM Longitudinal Assessment?
The ABIM Longitudinal Knowledge Assessment (LKA™) is a new testing format from the American Board of Internal Medicine (ABIM) that allows participants to answer questions incrementally and at their own pace. They can work on the assessment on any internet-connected device in any location using the same resources they use to provide care and treatment for patients except for another person.
What are the eligibility criteria for participating in the ABIM Longitudinal Knowledge Assessment (LKA™)?
Internists who are currently board certified, not in a grace period, meeting all other requirements of MOC, and in the year their assessment is due are eligible.
How many questions are on the ABIM LKA™?
The ABIM LKA™ consists of 30 questions per quarter over five years for a total of 600 questions, 500 of which will be scored. Participants may choose to skip up to 100 of the 600 questions over the five-year LKA™ cycle. If more than 100 questions are skipped or left unopened, they will be scored as incorrect.
What is a passing score for the ABIM LKA™?
ABIM has not provided a numeric passing score for the ABIM LKA™ but indicates that it will be determined based on a performance standard. Participants who meet the performance standard can start their next LKA™ five-year cycle. Participants who do not meet the performance standard but are adhering to all other MOC requirements will enter a one-year grace period during which they will need to pass the traditional ten-year MOC exam to stay certified beyond the year.
What happens at the end of the Five-Year LKA™ cycle?
At the end of the five years, ABIM will make a summative determination of whether the participant has passed. Participants who pass will continue to be reported as certified and can continue to participate in the LKA™ program for five (5) more years, or take the ten-year exam. Participants who do not pass will enter a one-year grace period and must pass the ten-year exam within that time.
Can I participate in the Longitudinal Knowledge Assessment (LKA™) if I have allowed my certification to lapse?
Physicians who have allowed their certification to expire can participate in the LKA™ but will remain reported as not certified until a pass-fail judgment has been made at the end of the five-year LKA™ assessment cycle.
What is the ABIM grace period?
The ABIM grace period grants physicians who attempted but did not pass the ABIM LKA™ or the ABIM Recertification exam an additional year to pass by taking or retaking the MOC exam. Physicians will continue to be reported as certified during the grace period as long as they adhere to all other MOC requirements.
What accommodations are available for the LKA™?
Information about accommodations offered by ABIM for the LKA can be found on the ABIM site.
For more information about ABIM MOC requirements, visit ABIM.org.