ABIM Maintenance of Certification

What is ABIM?

ABIM is the American Board of Internal Medicine. It was founded in 1936 to answer a public call to establish more uniform standards for physicians and certification by the American Board of Internal Medicine (ABIM), representing the highest standard in Internal Medicine and its 20 subspecialties. Certification has meant that internists have demonstrated to their peers and to the public that they have the clinical judgment and the most up-to-date skills essential for the delivery of excellent patient care. ABIM is not a membership society, but a physician-led non-profit, independent evaluation organization.

What is MOC?

Internists and subspecialists certified through ABIM must regularly recertify through the ABIM Maintenance of Certification (MOC) program. Participation in MOC means that a physician is demonstrating that s/he participates in certain continuous learning and education activities. Participating ABIM Board Certified physicians regularly (at least every two years) complete approved MOC activities using a structured framework created by their peers for keeping up with and assessing knowledge of the latest scientific developments and changes in practice and in specialty areas.

MOC Requirements:

In general, in addition licensure and enrollment prerequesites the Maintenance of Certification (MOC) program requires that:

Every 2 Years: Complete at least one MOC Activity (to be reported as participating in MOC): More information can be found on: ABIM"s Website

Every 5 Years: Earn 100 MOC points, 20 of which must be Medical Knowledge (to stay certified):More information can be found on: ABIM"s Website

Every 10 Years: Pass the MOC Exam for your cerficiation(s) within 10 years of when you last passed: More information can be found on: ABIM"s Website

Tentative Timeline for 2018 open book and options

What are SEPs?

Self-Evaluation Process (SEPs) - also known as Self-Evaluation of Medical Knowledge - sponsored at New York Chapter meetings, are learning sessions in a collaborative environment for ABIM Board Certified physicians to complete medical knowledge modules and earn MOC credits toward re-certification. Led by ABIM Board Certified physicians as faculty, these face-to-face interactive sessions allow you to work with other physician colleagues to develop consensus answers to module questions. Once the learning session is completed, you can submit answers to the module questions directly to ABIM online for MOC points and also claim CME credit for the SEP program as well.

ABIM MOC Resources

ABIM’s website provides complete information about:

  • Maintaining and Renewing Your Certification
  • Enrollment, Cost & Policies
  • Requirements
  • Earning Points
  • Getting additional credit for earning points
  • ABIM Certification and Recertification Exams

ACP’s website offers many resources to help members earn MOC points and understand the requirements and process. You can find the answers to the following questions:

  • How to meet ABIM requirements
  • If your certification expires in 2014-2017
  • If your certification expires after 2017
  • If you have a lifetime certificate
  • If your certificate has lapsed
  • How to Earn MOC Points through ACP

Last Updated: 11.21.18

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