November 01, 2016 - Resources

Get Involved! ABPMR Volunteer Opportunities

Do you ever wonder who the ABPMR board directors are or what they do in their clinical practices? Do you wish for more context around the decisions the board makes or more information on the initiatives the board is undertaking?

At a recent town hall-style discussion mostly focused on oft-heard criticisms of the Maintenance of Certification (MOC) Program, ABPMR Executive Director Carolyn Kinney MD made a plea to supporters and critics alike:

Get involved.

"The ABPMR has stepped up our efforts around transparency and open dialogue over the last few years," says Dr. Kinney, "but there is really no better way to gain a better contextual understanding of the board's processes and guiding principles than to be a volunteer."

In fact, if you're interested in one day serving as a board director, know this: All ABPMR board directors volunteered in other capacities for several years first.

"The board and staff really get to know our volunteers, both as practitioners and as people," says Dr. Kinney. "As we work together, not only do our volunteers get a better understanding of who we are and what we do, but the opposite is true as well. We pride ourselves on maintaining a volunteer pool with a wide diversity of practice areas, geographic locations, and personal backgrounds. Our volunteers help broaden our understanding of the field as a whole."

Below are the current volunteer opportunities with information on prerequisites and how to submit your name for consideration. Once you submit your information, know that volunteer needs vary throughout the year and ABPMR staff will be in touch once an opportunity arises.

Part II Examination Oral Examiners

A great place to start your ABPMR volunteer experience, Part II examiners travel to Rochester, Minnesota, for one weekend in May to administer the Part II Examination. Must be ABPMR diplomate in good standing; participating in MOC; 5 years or greater past initial certification Sign up by filling out the volunteer form and indicating "Part II examiner"

CertLink Item Writers

We are still actively recruiting item writers willing to help us develop a continual supply of new items for the ABPMR CertLink MOC Assessment Pilot. Must be ABPMR diplomate in good standing; participating in MOC

Sign up by filling out the volunteer form and indicating "CertLink" in comments

Examination Item/Vignette Writers

Write assigned examination questions and participate in peer review process. Requirements listed per examination below. Sign up by filling out the volunteer form and indicating clinical specialty area and certifications.

Part I Examination: ABPMR diplomate in good standing; participating in MOC; 5 years or greater past initial certification

Part II Examination (vignette writers): ABPMR diplomate in good standing; participating in MOC; 5 years or greater past initial certification

Brain Injury Medicine (BIM) Examination: ABPMR diplomate in good standing; currently certified in BIM; participating in MOC

Pediatric Rehabilitation Medicine (PRM) Examination: ABPMR diplomate in good standing; currently certified in PRM; participating in MOC

Spinal Cord Injury Medicine (SCIM) Examination: ABPMR diplomate in good standing; currently certified in SCIM; participating in MOC

Sign up for any of the above by filling out the volunteer form and indicating clinical specialty area and certifications

CertLink Diplomate Advisory Group

Sign up to provide periodic feedback on pre-release information and preliminary decisions. Must be diplomate in good standing; participating in MOC

Sign up for CertLink Diplomate Advisory Group

MOC Diplomate Advisory Group

Sign up to provide periodic feedback on various Parts of the ABPMR MOC Program, as well as MOC education and other initiatives. Must be diplomate in good standing; participating in MO

Sign up for MOC Diplomate Advisory Group