Acceptable Types of Patient Care Practice Improvement Activities

Diplomates may complete Practice Improvement efforts related to any of the measures or activities below. Others that are not listed, may be acceptable if they follow the four steps ABEM requires (see Patient Care Practice Improvement).

Case studies of high frequency efforts can be found in the Practice Improvement Guide.


  • Time-related (Throughput Time, ED length of stay, and other process time measures)

  • Infectious Disease-related

  • Stroke-related

  • Cardiac-related

  • Appropriate Imaging

  • Communication – Patient Care

  • Pain Management and Sedation

  • Patient Safety, Error Reduction, and Complication Avoidance

  • Additional Common Measures and Activities