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March 2018
ABIM Announces Knowledge Check-In Dates for ID

This year, ABIM will introduce the new Knowledge Check-In assessment option in Internal Medicine and Nephrology. In 2019 the Knowledge Check-In will roll out to several additional specialties, including Infectious Disease. ABIM recently announced that the dates for 2019 Knowledge Check-In will be: May 7 & 11 and November 12 & 17. The remaining specialties will become available in 2020.

“No Consequence” Knowledge Check-In Attempt Extended to All Subspecialties

ABIM had previously announced that physicians taking the Knowledge Check-In in 2018—the initial year it is offered in Internal Medicine or Nephrology—would have another chance to take it again two years later if they were unsuccessful, even if they were due to pass the exam that year. Based on feedback ABIM has received from IDSA and the physician community, this policy has now been extended to include all other Internal Medicine subspecialties in the future. This means that if a physician takes the Knowledge Check-In the first year it is offered in their subspecialty and is unsuccessful, they will get at least one additional opportunity to take and pass it two years later.

It is important to note that a single failure will not result in a physician having their certification status changed, and there are several potential scenarios for physicians to maintain their certification if they choose to take the Knowledge Check-In.

Different Beneficial Scenarios for Physicians to Take the Infectious Disease Knowledge Check-In in 2019

  • For physicians whose ID certification expires in 2019, it would be very beneficial for them to take the Knowledge Check-In in 2019 because it is “no consequence” in that year.
  • Physicians whose ID certification expires in 2020 would also benefit by taking the certification in 2019 – a year earlier than it is due – because the assessment is “no consequence” in that year and it is not available in 2020. Therefore, not taking the Knowledge Check-In a year early in 2019 would mean physicians in this scenario would then have to take the traditional 10-year exam in 2020.
  • A physician whose ID certification expires in 2021 could also find it beneficial to take the “no consequence” assessment in 2019 because it would offer an opportunity to get a sense of whether or not they like the Knowledge Check-In before deciding which type of assessment they would rather take in 2021.

For more information visit IDSA will continue to work with ABIM to ensure that the concerns of our members are communicated. Please continue to monitor MyIDSA for discussions about the upcoming changes to certification.

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