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  • 1.  ABIM Item Writing Task Force

    Posted 03-08-2023 11:00

    Hi folks,

    Passing along an opportunity to get involved in ABIM's Item Writing Task force. I've found the experience as an item writer fulfilling and it also helps keep me abreast of updates in our field. Time commitment is about 2 – 4 hours per month and there are quarterly meetings with the Task Force.


    Matthew Tuck, MD, MEd, FACP

    Internal Medicine Residency Site Director

    Associate Professor of Medicine, The George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences

    Clinical Associate Professor Medicine, Uniformed Services University of Health Sciences and Howard University

    Medical Service (111)

    50 Irving Street NW

    Washington, DC 20422

    (P) 202-745-8121

    (F) 202-745-8184

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    From: Richard J. Baron <RBaron@ABIM.ORG>
    Sent: Wednesday, March 8, 2023 10:51 AM
    Subject: [EXTERNAL] An Update on our Efforts to Combat Misinformation and a Request for Your Help


    I hope you are doing well, and I want to thank you for all you do for ABIM as an Item-Writer. Your role is critical in our ability to deliver timely, relevant and challenging questions through our certification and Maintenance of Certification exams.

    I'm writing today for two reasons:

    1. As you know, with the introduction of the Longitudinal Knowledge Assessment (LKA®), we need to create substantially more items than ever before. We are currently recruiting new Item-Writers across almost every discipline, and would greatly appreciate your help in sharing this opportunity with your colleagues and professional networks. It's thanks to the expertise and dedication of so many incredible people like you that we are able to do what we do. I hope you are getting a lot out of the experience-both professionally and personally-and that you will share that experience in speaking with your colleagues about how they may also benefit from the opportunity. A list of all current openings can be found here on our website.

    1. A couple of weeks ago, I shared an article I coauthored with Carl Coleman, Professor of Law at Seton Hall Law School, which was published in the New England Journal of Medicine: "Protecting the Legitimacy of Medical Expertise". I recently spoke at UCSF's Grand Rounds on similar themes, primarily on the dangers of medical misinformation, but also on the history of our profession, such as how and why Boards like ABIM were created in the first place, and how the role we play in society may be even more important now than ever.

      We live in interesting times, and you likely have seen the effects of misinformation first hand. If you have some time, I invite you to watch the Grand Rounds presentation, and, if you have the opportunity, to share it through your social networks or with colleagues who may be interested. I welcome any feedback, questions or suggestions you have, and I'd also be happy to give a similar talk at your institution. If that is something of interest, please let me know and we can coordinate on the details.

    Thank you again for all you are doing for ABIM. We couldn't do what we do without you.


    Richard J. Baron, MD, MACP (he/him/his)

    President and CEO 

    American Board of Internal Medicine and the ABIM Foundation

    office 215-446-3528   

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    Kim Freeman

    Matthew Tuck, MD, MEd, FACP
    Associate Professor of Medicine, George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences
    Medical Service (111)
    50 Irving Street NW
    Washington, DC 20422
    (P) 202-745-8121
    (F) 202-745-8184Residency Site Director
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