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More than 15,000 ABPN diplomates are currently enrolled in the Pilot Project. Here is what diplomates who are participating in the Pilot are saying about it…


I genuinely enjoyed completing the Pilot Project… The cognitive assessment exams at the end of the article were complimented by a genuine learning opportunity to get up to date on the latest literature. Articles were diverse and easy to access. I easily found 30 that were at no cost for me (though I have access to a large institutional library) … – D.S., psychiatry

I found it really interesting, fun, worthwhile, and a valuable experience. It was also very convenient. The test questions were by and large fair and appropriate. – A.D., psychiatry

I found this process to be MUCH easier/more simple than I anticipated. The articles were interesting and I liked that there was a diverse selection. Some topics were things that I did not know much about (such as transgender medicine) and are important for me to better understand. I have several patients who are in the process of transitioning and some who have transitioned. These articles enhanced my awareness and I believe will allow me to provide better patient care. I liked having the ability to complete this project on “my time.” I worked in between patients, on weekends, etc. Being able to carve out time to focus on one article/topic, rather than devoting hours to all aspects of psychiatric medicine was less stressful. The quizzes were reasonable overall. I feel like it was necessary to read the articles (not just skim). I really hope that this pilot is successful. I would much prefer to continue reading current medical literature/answering questions over having an exam. – M.W., psychiatry

To be honest, I expected to prefer this slightly more than the exam, but I didn’t expect to be this enthusiastic. I thought the articles were well chosen and I have already applied some of what I learned to my practice (Benzos in pregnancy, mild TBI, to name a couple). I was happy to have a bunch of pertinent articles curated for me and I thought that the majority were extremely interesting. – M.P., psychiatry


A great and very educational alternative to traditional exam. Most of the articles selected were very highly relevant to clinical practice and the questions were very fair. I hope ABPN implements this pilot program in lieu of the traditional exam, or at least as an option. – D.C., neurology

I initially played to my strengths and chose the articles that I felt very comfortable to build my confidence and complete some articles quickly. Then I read the articles I was least confident with and enjoyed the learning experience. I feel more accomplished and deserving of my board certification reading 30 articles of pertinent Neurology content than taking a test. I hope MOC III becomes the standard. – J.G., neurology

Initially I was apprehensive and undecided about the process and purpose, however once I got through the first few articles, it really got me enthusiastic as I enjoyed learning new information, which otherwise I may have ignored. Careful analysis of the substance presented in these well-chosen articles is worth more than just finding the right answers to the presented questions. I found this format of exam is easy, valuable, with an approach that is best suited to an active neurologist career. I wish this method is adopted for other subspecialties as well, and I would love it, as I have two other exams to go. – M.A., neurology

This pilot project is exemplary. The articles selected are well chosen. On more than one occasion I immediately changed my practice after reading an article, in one case directly citing an article read in the morning with a Pt that was seen in the afternoon. I strongly encourage the ABPN to adopt this as the permanent recertification option for not only General Neurology but also for the subspecialties as well. – A.R., neurology

Child Neurology

I think it was great as it helped me to stay connected and read the most important updates in the field. I think it is fantastic idea and excellent effort from the team who chose these articles. I think the Pilot Project is the way to go for recertification especially for a busy private practice child neurologist. – H.A., child neurology

The pilot process was a more convenient and effective way to complete my recertification. Overall, the articles were relevant to my work. The freedom to choose articles allow me to customize the process, again making this more relevant and effective. – R.B., child neurology

I thought the majority of the articles were very relevant to the current practice of child neurology. A few of the articles were very research based or a very specific treatment such as the leukodystrophy article. – K.S., child neurology

Child and Adolescent Psychiatry

Articles were educational and covered a wide range of pertinent topics. Opportunity to pass 30 of 40 tests was beneficial. – C.B., child and adolescent psychiatry

The articles were interesting and relevant to clinical work. The topics were informative and frequently focused on evidence-based interventions. The questions were fair and helped develop critical thinking skills for incorporating interventions into everyday practice. – G.G., child and adolescent psychiatry

I was leery at first, but after doing a couple I believe that this was a good experience and a better substitute for the 10-year test. … – L.F., child and adolescent psychiatry