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J Am Board Fam Pract. 2005 Nov-Dec;18(6):546-54.

From specialty-based to practice-based: a new blueprint for the American Board of Family Medicine cognitive examination.

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University of Washington School of Medicine, Department of Family Medicine, UW Box 356340, Seattle, WA 98195-6340, USA.


The American Board of Family Medicine (ABFM) is committed to offering cognitive examinations that are both pertinent to the specialty of family medicine and psychometrically sound. This article reviews the history of the development of the blueprint of the ABFM certification and recertification cognitive examinations and describes the creation of a new one. The design of the new blueprint represents a significant change. The intention of the new plan is to create a continuously evolving approach that will assure family physicians that the content of their specialty board certification/recertification examination is relevant to their practices and to the discipline. The ABFM anticipates that assessments based on the new blueprint will assist family physicians in attaining and maintaining the knowledge required to practice high quality family medicine by focusing their certification and recertification examinations and, therefore, studies for those examinations on material that is relevant to their practices.

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