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:
"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
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
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
CONTACT THE EDITOR
Kim Van Brunt