ABOG Acceptable Abreviations for the OBGYN Oral Boards
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Be prudent don’t over abbreviate because it smacks of laziness. Be honest half of the abbreviations you use won’t be ABOG approved. Admit that you don’t use these terms in clinical practice but ...

Be prudent don’t over abbreviate because it smacks of laziness. Be honest half of the abbreviations you use won’t be ABOG approved. Admit that you don’t use these terms in clinical practice but the purposes of the OBGYN Case List – it would be easier to read. MOC –Maintenance of Certification is an ABOG approved abbreviation.

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ABOG Acceptable Abreviations for the OBGYN Oral Boards Presentation Transcript

  • 1. ABOG Acceptable Abbreviations
  • 2.  
  • 3.  
  • 4.
    • ABOG has a list of abbreviations but there are quite a few not listed?
    • For Pap smear can I just put ASCUS?
  • 5.
    • This is a very relevant question
    • I will go into a little detail to explain why this is the case
  • 6.
    • Once you get Board Certified you will be certified for one year
  • 7.
    • You will have to immediately register for what is known as the ‘MOC’ -Maintenance of Certification
  • 8.
    • This is something you will have to do every year
    • It repeats itself every six years
  • 9.
    • The majority of OBGYNs in the country are in the third year of the MOC process now
  • 10.
    • This year in April, they instituted a
    • Patients Safety and Communication course
  • 11.
    • It is a series of 14 lectures in PowerPoint
    • You have to go through and answer questions
  • 12.
    • One of the lectures is dedicated to communication and abbreviations
    • This is very relevant
  • 13.
    • Some committee opinions about this as well
    • ABOG thinks this is important
    • Clinically, I think it is important too
  • 14.
    • Your examiner has to have read/watched this PowerPoint presentation in order maintain his Board Certified status
    • He cannot be a board examiner without being Board Certified
  • 15.
    • Here is a situation where your examiner has definitely read this article
    • It is important and very exam-relevant
  • 16.
    • If you were to use an abbreviation that is not ‘recognized’ like ASCUS
    • As long as your list is not hand-written (must be typed)
    • Everyone will recognize ‘ASCUS’
  • 17.
    • But if you are asked this issue in the exam, you need to be comfortable to say
  • 18.
    • I am aware that this is not a clinically recognized abbreviation
  • 19.
    • It is not my habit to use it in clinical paperwork, but for the purpose of the case list to keep it brief and because it’s typed, I was comfortable to use this abbreviation
  • 20.
    • I agree it is not a clinically recognized abbreviation
  • 21. Point # 2
    • EX: From my case list
    • I had a case of Congenital Adarenal Hyperplasia which I managed in conjunction with an REI specialist
    • Under his leadership I preformed an ACTH-Stim Test
  • 22.
    • Let me ask you; If you are an examiner, what would you rather read: Adrenocorticotropic Hormone Stimulation Test or ACTH-Stim Test?
    • Clearly ACTH-Stim Test
  • 23.
    • What I am suggesting is that ACTH-Stim Test is not one of the ABOG recognized abbreviations
    • I am talking about a different sub-category
  • 24.
    • Previously talking about clinically approved abbreviations
    • I’m now talking about ABOG recognized abbreviations for the purpose of the case list
  • 25.
    • ABOG’s list is about
    • 25-30 abbreviations
    • This is clearly not one of them
  • 26.
    • I think it is appropriate to use it, because its inappropriate to go and write out the whole thing
  • 27. In Summation
    • Be prudent don’t over abbreviate because it smacks of laziness
    • But if they do ask you -if this is a recognized abbreviation
    • Be open and honest
  • 28. In Summation
    • I don’t use it in clinical practice
    • I know it’s not a recognized abbreviation
    • For the purpose of the case list, I thought it would make it easier to read
  • 29.