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About

What is the purpose of ABMS Continuing Certification Reference Center?

The purpose of the ABMS Continuing Certification Reference Center is to provide a searchable online database and a convenient resource that highlights empirical evidence supporting the ABMS Member Board Certification process and the ABMS Maintenance of Certification® (ABMS MOC®) program. The ABMS Continuing Certification Reference Center represents an organic body of literature relevant to ABMS Member Board Certification and ABMS MOC. It is a dynamic database to which references and annotations will be added over time and as new literature emerges.

How is the ABMS Continuing Certification Reference Center research content organized?

The ABMS Continuing Certification Reference Center has been organized by several different categories.  Research spans decades of studies that support the framework and structure of MOC such as continuing education and quality improvement studies.   Support for the conceptual framework of current MOC standards is provided through studies that, for instance, point to the provision of inadequate health care (poor patient outcomes), point to decline of physician competence and performance over time, or point to the role of one or more of the six core competencies in improving healthcare.  Also, content has been organized by research that addresses existing ABMS Member Board MOC program components and outcomes, such as research on ABIM’s diabetes practice improvement module, or research on ABFM’s self-assessment module, and provides evidence on the effectiveness of the structure underlying MOC.  Additional research that addresses the value of physician Board Certification provides support regarding the relationship of Board Certification credential and the quality of care.

What are the minimum browser requirements for the database use?

Internet Explorer 9 or higher
Mozilla Firefox 17 or higher
Google Chrome 23 or higher
Safari 5.1.6 or higher
Opera 12 or higher

How do I perform a search in the database?

To perform a keyword search enter any requested term into the box labeled “Enter Search Term” in the left panel, or the middle of the page. Then, either press “Enter” on your keyboard or use your mouse to click on the magnifying glass icon. The search results produced are based on a simple text search of the article citation information, and keywords.  To search using the filtered categories on the left panel menu, click on your selection and the articles will be filtered based on the topic.  The provided sort functions allow sorting by alphabetization of titles and journal names, and sorting by date. 

How do I clear a search and start a new one?

To obtain the most accurate results for your chosen search, please make sure to clear the filters. Each category selection made will build upon the previous selection and continuously filter articles unless all filters are cleared. To clear your current search, click on the ABMS logo in the upper left corner of the page. To remove a filter from your search results, click on the “x” icon next to each filter, listed in the header of the page. To clear all associated filters click on “Clear all filters.”

Can I print a list of selected article references and annotations?

Yes. To select article references, click on the “+ report” box in the bottom right of each box. This feature will help you build a printable report. Once you have selected all references you would like included in the report, click on “Print Report” button at the top of the page. This will create a PDF document of all of the annotations you selected. You can either print the report or save it to your computer using your browser dialogue box. To clear the selected report list click on the “x” icon.

How do I print a list of all of the article references?

To print a report of all of the references and annotations included in the Continuing Certification Reference Center, click on the box marked “Print All” in the upper right corner of the page. This will create a printable PDF document. Please note that it may take a few minutes to generate the report.

Who is the Continuing Certification Reference Center intended to serve?

The ABMS Continuing Certification Reference Center is a public resource.

Does the database provide full text articles of the referenced research studies?

No. Due to copyright/IP law, ABMS is not able to provide or distribute the full text of the articles referenced in the Continuing Certification Reference Center.  Article annotation and a DOI (digital object identifier) link is provided to aid users in locating the original source/publisher.

How do I get the full text of the articles referenced in the Continuing Certification Reference Center?

To get a copy of the full text of a referenced article, click on the DOI link at the bottom of an annotation.  This will take you away from the ABMS site, to the original Internet location of the article, where you can acquire the full text document.

Is user activity being tracked?

A Google Analytics tool is integrated into the website, which allows seeing how users are interacting with the site.

What is the relationship between the Continuing Certification Reference Center and the Certification and ABMS MOC Annotated Bibliography?

The Continuing Certification Reference Center is a tool that allows searching the bibliography online. It is an extension and an improvement of the Certification and ABMS MOC Annotated Bibliography.

How are the studies selected for inclusion in the Continuing Certification Reference Center?

Several hundred articles have been reviewed by ABMS Staff and physician volunteers/physician consultant for inclusion in the database. The decision to include was based on relevance to Board Certification, MOC framework/structure, and individual MOC programs.

How often is the Continuing Certification Reference Center updated?

The Continuing Certification Reference Center was first launched in 2013 and underwent revisions in 2014 and 2016. Articles are uploaded to the site on a revolving basis.

What is the process for contributing study references for inclusion in the database?

All requests for reference inclusion in the Continuing Certification Reference Center should be directed to CCRC@abms.org.