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How to Get Involved

Pilot Volunteers:

The ABP plans to launch the Assessment Initiative pilot in late 2017 with volunteer diplomates. Volunteers will be expected to answer a minimum
number of items each year, commit to the duration of the pilot, and provide feedback to the ABP. They will also be expected to participate in surveys and focus groups (virtual or in-person) over the course of the pilot. Participation will allow our diplomates to have a voice and active role in creating the next generation of MOC Assessment. Send an email expressing your interest to to find out next steps.

Item Writers/Reviewers:

There is still a huge need for developing high-quality ABPath CertLink™ test items; if you are interested in supporting, the ABP is requesting that items be submitted through our crowdsourcing site. The tutorial can be found here and should be viewed prior to submitting items. In addition we have published an Item Writing Guide that shows how to write questions in the appropriate format.

There is also a link to an ABMS-approved video on developing well-written test questions, which can be accessed here. After viewing the tutorial and video, go to, and create an account by clicking on Register and completing the form and Confidentiality Agreement.

Focus Groups:

From time to time, the ABP will offer the opportunity for diplomates to participate in a focus group (virtual or in-person) related to the pilot initiative. Look for announcements and invitations to help us create the most effective program.


Item writing Tutorial (video)

Item writing guide

ABMS item writing guide (video)

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