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Learn More About MOC

Important details to make sure you fulfill ABIM MOC requirements.

ABIM Requirements at a Glance

1. Earn MOC Points:

  • At least 1 activity between 1/1/2016 and 12/31/2017
  • 100 points by 12/31/2018
  • You can earn all points in Medical Knowledge, if you wish. You are no longer required to complete a Practice Improvement Module or earn any Practice Assessment points.

2. Pass the ABIM exam within 10 years of when you last passed the exam.

Additional Notes:

  • When you take the MOC exam, you will earn 20 MOC points for your first exam attempt in each certification area. This means that if you take the exam between 2014 and 2018 you only need to earn 80 MOC points through other activities.
  • Subspecialists: Keep in mind that the same MOC points can apply to each certificate you renew, so you only need 100 points no matter how many certificates you renew.

Learn More About MOC Process Changes

In 2015 ABIM announced changes to the Maintenance of Certification (MOC) process for board-certified internal medicine specialists and subspecialists. Recently an ABIM Task Force also recommended changes to the secure MOC exam required every 10 years. More details are available at the ABIM website.

Please note: The changes that have been proposed are recommendations and not yet finalized. ABIM has not published a timeline for implementing the potential changes. ABIM has stated that everyone who is required to take the MOC exam in 2016, and probably in 2017, can expect to take the exam in its current form.

You can also read an email from ACP's CEO/EVP about the changes announced by ABIM and how ACP has been advocating on behalf of its members.

ACP offers many resources to help our members earn MOC points and understand the requirements. We will continue to fine-tune our resources and explanatory offerings given the new requirements and changes to the process.

    ACP Advocates to Improve MOC Process

    Read more about how ACP has been working aggressively to address the concerns about the MOC program expressed by our members and the internal medicine community, and to achieve reform through active discussion with ABIM at many levels.