WEB21: Recertification and Longitudinal Assessment for Continued Certification

On-demand Webinar Coming Soon



Hear two approaches for how longitudinal assessments were incorporated in to credentialing programs. Dr. Shaw will share how The National Board for Respiratory Care (NBRC) added longitudinal assessments as an option to enhance their credential maintenance program. Learn the process they went through and the benefits of a longitudinal assessment, including:

  • how assessments can reduce the quantity of CE to be documented, and
  • how assessment content is organized to provide important information on risk and pace-of-change within each credentialing program.

Dr. Shaw shares information on how assessments are released each quarter, how item metrics are monitored to inform future assessment content, and how participants receive feedback about their performance levels, item explanations, and reference citations in their credentialing maintenance program.

Dr. Swanson provides an overview of the why and how members of the Member Boards of the American Board of Medical Specialties rapidly transitions from periodic high-stakes, secure examinations to lower-stakes, longitudinally administered assessments designed to promote learning, retention, and application of knowledge in patient care. 

The presentation ends with a discussion of key educational and psychometric issues in program design and evaluation to help attendees apply this approach for other credentialing organizations.

Session Overview

The presenters:
  • Articulate the theory behind the role longitudinal assessments may play to encourage learning in a population of adults.
  • Illustrate examples of continued competency models that include regular, short assessments with a feedback loop for professionals in the certification program.
  • Describe features that can be incorporated into the process and evaluation of longitudinal assessments because of validation obligations.
  • Explain how participants’ performances on longitudinal assessment can give direction to their continuing education and certification.
  • Illustrate how assessments of groups of health/medical professionals can highlight topics worth emphasizing to the whole group



Member price: $90

Non-member price: $135  



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David Swanson, PhD

Vice President for Academic Programs and Services, ABMS

David B Swanson, PhD joined the American Board of Medical Specialties (ABMS) in 2015 as Vice President for Certification Standards and Programs. In that role, he coordinates the Committees that oversee the certification and recertification processes of ABMS Member Boards. Previously, Dr. Swanson worked at the National Board of Medical Examiners (NBME) for 25 years, serving first as the Director of USMLE Step 1 and then as the Vice President of NBME’s Test Development unit where he worked broadly on development of medical licensure and certification examinations. Over his long career, he has co-authored and presented hundreds of papers on assessment of medical decision making with multiple-choice tests and clinical simulations; measurement of clinical and communication skills with real and standardized patients; patterns of performance on admissions, licensure, in-training and certification examinations; computer applications in testing in the health professions, and design of continuing certification assessments. In 2011, he was awarded the Richard Farrow Gold Medal by the Association for the Study of Medical Education in the United Kingdom for contributions to medical education. He was named a Fellow of the American Educational Research Association (AERA) in 2014 and received the AERA Division I (Education in the Professions) Distinguished Career Award in 2018. He also holds honorary professorial appointments in the Departments of Medical Education at the University of Melbourne Medical School and the Queensland University Faculty of Medicine.

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Robert Shaw, PhD

Vice President of Examinations, NBRC

Dr. Robert Shaw achieved an occupational credential, prepared higher education students to achieve this credential, worked for 20 years as a psychometrician for a vendor providing testing services for several programs, and has been the Vice President of Examinations for the National Board for Respiratory Care (NBRC) since 2016. Credentialing programs of the NBRC have been accredited by the National Commission for Certifying Agencies (NCCA) since the 1970s. 

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