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.


  • Cardiac-related Measures (also Resuscitation)

  • Stroke-related Measures (Thrombolytics, Imaging)

  • General Time Sensitive Measures, Throughput Times, and Analgesia Administration

  • OPPE/FPPE (Joint Commission)

  • Infectious Disease-related Measures (Pneumonia, Sepsis, Antibiotics, and Blood cultures)

  • Imaging Decision Making

  • Additional Common Measures and Activities

  • Externally Developed Programs