• Becoming an ABEM Item Writer

    A physician who is appointed to be an item writer and who has never served as an ABEM item writer must meet the following five criteria:

    • Be an ABEM diplomate;
    • Have been an ABEM diplomate for the previous five years; This period will be calculated from the date of the oral examination in which the individual achieved certification to the date of the appointment decision.
    • Be an active participant in the ABEM MOC program at the same level as required of all ABEM diplomates;
    • Have successfully completed an ACGME- or RCPSC-approved Emergency Medicine residency; and
    • Be actively involved in the practice of clinical Emergency Medicine.

    A physician who is appointed to be an item writer and has previously served as an ABEM item writer but is not currently an item writer, must meet the following four criteria:

    • Be an ABEM diplomate;
    • Be an active participant in the ABEM MOC program at the same level as required of all ABEM diplomates;
    • Have successfully completed an ACGME- or RCPSC-approved Emergency Medicine residency; and
    • Be actively involved in the practice of clinical Emergency Medicine.

    Item Writer Nomination Procedure

    A diplomate who is interested in being considered for an item writer position should submit a current curriculum vita and complete an Item Writer Information Form.  In addition, a current or senior ABEM director must submit a letter of nomination for the diplomate.  Recommendation letters submitted by item writers will be forwarded to current and senior directors for a nomination twice a year.  Only nominees endorsed by a current or senior director will be forwarded to the Board of Directors for consideration.

    Nominations that meet the criteria stated above will be submitted to the Test Development Committee at the summer Board of Directors meeting, which is normally held during the month of July. The Committee may also consider individuals for appointment who have not volunteered or have not been nominated prior to the Committee meeting; however, these appointments will be contingent on later verification that the appointee meets the selection criteria stated above.

    The Committee makes recommendations to the Board of Directors as new item writers are needed. Newly appointed item writers will be notified in writing following the Board meeting.