Family  Medicine Item Writing Needs

This resource information is only intended for use by registered ABPS subject matter experts.

Updated March 2019

When writing new items, we ask that you focus on areas of greatest need, as indicated by the table below:

Category Number of Items Needed
1 Allergies / Immunology 14
2 Alternative Medicine  
3 Cardiovascular Diseases 9
4 Dermatology 9
5 Domestic Violence 10
6 Endocrinology 7
7 Epidemiology  
8 Gastroenterology 10
9 General Surgery 5
10 Geriatrics 16
11 Hematology / Oncology 3
12 Infectious Diseases
13 Medical and Surgical Emergencies 4
14 Neurology 2
15 Nutrition 13
16 Obstetrics / Gynecology  
17 Occupational Medicine 9
18 Ophthalmology 2
19 Orthopedics  
20 Otorhinolaryngology 15
21 Pathology – Tissue and Laboratory Values 12
22 Pediatrics
23 Preventive Medicine 15
24 Psychiatry 10
25 Public Health 2
26 Radiology 6
27 Renal Diseases 11
28 Respiratory Diseases 7
29 Rheumatology 4
30 Signs and Symptoms of Diseases 10
31 Sports Medicine 8
32 Urology 9
33 Ethics 2

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