Institute: American Board of Medical Specialties



For more than 80 years, the American Board of Medical Specialties (ABMS) has upheld the standards for medical speciality certification to support the delivery of high-quality patient care. The ABMS and its 24 Member Boards certify more than 860,000 physicians in 37 specialties and 86 subspecialties. Upon completion of medical training, physicians must meet specific standards for to be initially Board Certified are evaluated at intervals to maintain their Board Certification – Maintenance of Certification (MOC) – throughout their careers. These rigorous standards establish trust with the public and ensure that standards of care continually improve in the United States.

ABMS Case Study
ABMS Case Study


Following their search, evaluation and selection of an electronic data capture system, we connected with Dr. David Price (MD, FAAFP, FACEHP), Senior Vice President at ABMS Research and Education Foundation and Family Physician to see what ABMS had planned. The Research and Education Foundation supports the scientific and educational mission of ABMS. ABMS wants to evaluate how its programs for MOC are working for patients and clinicians, with the ultimate goal of helping physicians deliver the highest quality of care to patients.

A long list of research questions examining a variety of processes will be disseminated via Castor. A skilled team, including Helene Biernacki and members from the IT department, evaluated over 30 different tools and short-listed five of them before selecting Castor on a range of criteria, including research compliance, usability, functionality, flexibility to accommodate needs, ease-of-use, and cost.

Initial work is focusing around regular, sequenced delivery of longitudinal assessments of physician knowledge and judgment. Research has shown that spaced, sequenced learning facilitates knowledge retention and enables clinicians to remain current with new knowledge for high-quality patient care, explained Dr. Price. By administering a series of surveys on a quarterly basis to its physicians, the Boards will be assessing the relevance, usability, and perceived impact of its programs.

Dr. Price expressed how they were impressed with Castor’s responsiveness and the handling of all inquiries. Additionally, Dr. Price shared that working with the Castor working relationship has gone smoothly to date and is eager to see how their project unfolds. Castor is proud to welcome the ABMS to the family!

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