★ The Board of Directors commissioned the Maintenance of Certification (MOC) Task Force. From the work of the task force, ABEM developed the Emergency Medicine Continuous Certification (EMCC) program. The EMCC (professional standing, Lifelong Learning Self-Assessment [LLSA], ConCert, and Assessment of Practice Performance [APP]) program is anchored in the ABMS MOC guidelines for all member boards.
★ ABMS approved undersea and hyperbaric medicine as a subspecialty, with ABEM and ABPM as co-sponsors.
★ FEBRUARY: The Model of the Clinical Practice of Emergency Medicine (EM Model) was approved. ABEM adapted the EM Model as an examination blueprint for all of the ABEM examinations.
★ ABEM and ABIM approved the first six-year combined training program for EM/IM/CCM.
★ JANUARY: ABEM implemented the first three components of EMCC. APP was scheduled to begin in 2010.
★ JANUARY: The bylaws were changed to create a board of directors comprised entirely of emergency physicians.
★ ABEM administered the last paper-and-pencil written certification examination and for the first time began development of a computer-delivered examination to be administered in testing centers in November 2006.
★ JANUARY: The following boards withdrew as sponsors: ABIM, American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology, American Board of Pediatrics, American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology, American Board of Surgery.
★ JANUARY: An MOC program in medical toxicology began.
★ The medical toxicology certification examination and the MOC cognitive expertise examination were changed to be computer delivered.
★ ABEM and the American Board of Family Medicine approved guidelines for a five-year combined training program in both EM and family medicine.
★ SEPTEMBER: In conjunction with the American Board of Hospice and Palliative Medicine, ABEM joined nine other ABMS member boards in sponsoring the newly approved ABMS subspecialty of hospice and palliative medicine. The first certification examination was given in 2008.
★ JUNE 1: The first Medical Toxicology LLSA test became available.
★ JANUARY: APP, the fourth component of EMCC, began for some diplomates.