Alliance Recommends that ABIM End Procedure Competency Requirements

In response to an ABIM Specialty Board in Internal Medicine request for feedback about procedural competency in light of ACGME plans to update the training requirements for accredited internal medicine residency programs, the Alliance recommended in a September 6 letter that ABIM cease requiring competency in procedures for initial board certification for all residents. “AAIM’s belief is that phasing out of procedural requirements for initial certification will not result in diminution of procedural training as a core feature of internal medicine training. Rather, programs that seek to ready their learners for fellowship training or who resolve that certain procedures are important to graduate will continue to uphold those standards. The recommendation to remove procedural requirements seeks to acknowledge institutional barriers and ensures resident access to perform procedures and emergence of non-physician hospital teams for procedures within health care.”

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