He recently shared with ACEP Now his objectives for his presidency and his vision for the future of the organization.
What are your goals during your term as ABEM President?
Dr. Heller: First and foremost, I want to continue ABEM’s commitment to delivering the best possible physician assessment for initial and continuous certification. ABEM multiple-choice question examinations focus on complex cognitive skills such as clinical synthesis and diagnostic processing, not purely fact recall. This emphasis carries over into the design of the In-training Examination and the ConCert (Continuous Certification) Examination. After nearly a decade of development and the commitment of substantial financial resources, ABEM recently introduced the Enhanced Oral Certification Examination (eOral) format. The eOral format creates a more authentic experience to the current oral examination. The amount of effort the ABEM Board, its hundreds of volunteers, and ABEM staff have expended on this project has been herculean. The psychometric rigor of the process and the enthusiasm with which the eOral format has been received have been very encouraging.