As a member of the executive committee of the American Board of Internal Medicine, I can’t provide too much of the inside scoop, so I’ll mainly point you to the published descriptions of a remarkable case: that of one Dr. Arora, who ran an ABIM board review course with a difference.
The difference was that attendees of the Arora Board Review were allegedly shown actual questions from past exams, fed to Dr. A from prior test takers – who shared dozens, and, in some cases, hundreds of questions. After a vigorous investigation, the board announced Wednesday that it has stripped scores of physicians of their board certification for periods ranging from 1-5 years. In addition, several other docs who hadn’t completed the process yet were allegedly involved; they will not be allowed to sit for the boards for similar lengths of time. The total number of sanctioned physicians: 134.
Meanwhile, the Board is suing Dr. Arora and a handful of the most egregious offenders for significant damages.
When you took your boards, you signed an attestation or clicked a little box pledging that you wouldn’t share the questions with anyone else. It’s a pledge worth honoring.