What to Know About ABIM’s New Knowledge Check-In

February 25, 2019 by Kristin Crowe

CHEST has worked to provide you with the most important information from the American Board of Internal Medicine (ABIM) to help you in your decision on taking the traditional 10-year MOC exam or the 2-year ABIM knowledge check-in (KCI). Per ABIM:

On September 12 and 15, 2018, several hundred physicians sat for the second administration of the KCI in internal medicine. As was the case in the spring, many physicians opted to take the exam remotely at their home or workplace. Overall feedback was positive, particularly around the flexibility of taking the exam online, and others shared an appreciation for the access to UpToDate®. A few physicians experienced technical issues, though it was fewer than in the spring, and for many they were resolved quickly and they were able to proceed with the KCI.

Eight additional specialties will roll out in 2019, including pulmonary disease. Both the traditional 10-year MOC exam and the 2-year knowledge check-in will cover the full breadth of the discipline so those who choose to attend CHEST’s Pulmonary Medicine Board Review course will have the most relevant information and materials for both exam formats. Registration opened for all 2019 exams, including the traditional MOC assessment, on December 1, 2018.

There are key differences in the testing format that you should take into consideration if you choose to take the KCI. Here are some examples of what physicians experienced while taking the exam:

  • “I appreciate the flexibility and ease to test in my office.”
  • “When checking in the proctor noted I had to remove everything from my desk, including my printer. Also, the proctor asked [me] to move the camera around 360 degrees…”
  • “I would like to see more time allotted for the exam [than 90 minutes].”
  • ABIM staff were very helpful and supportive, but chat box can be a bit disruptive.
  • There were some technical difficulties with opening the exam through the ABIM website on web browsers other than Chrome.

If you’re taking an assessment soon, don’t forget to go to abim.org/mocexam to review the MOC Assessment Information including: the exam blueprint, a tutorial, and the UpToDate User Academy.

For a comprehensive review of pulmonary, critical care, and sleep medicine board exam materials, be sure to attend CHEST Board Review this August in Phoenix, Arizona. CHEST will provide the most relevant and well-rounded information you need, whether you continue to take the 10-year exam or choose to take the 2-year KCI.

For hundreds of case-based pulmonary, critical care, and sleep medicine questions designed to help you ace your board exam, subscribe to the CHEST SEEK™ Library.

Registration is now open for CHEST Board Review.

Original version of most of the content from the blog was posted by the ABIM.