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ABIM Maintenance of Certification Process

On Feb. 3, 2015, ABIM announced changes to the Maintenance of Certification (MOC) process for board certified internal medicine specialists and subspecialists, effective immediately. More information about how the changes might affect you are available at the ABIM website. 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.

How to meet ABIM requirements:

If your certification expires in 2014-2017
  1. Enroll in the ABIM Maintenance of Certification program (abim.org) and pay the enrollment fee, if you have not already done so.
  2. Earn 100 self-evaluation points by the end of your current certification year (see see Earn ABIM MOC Points with ACP)
    • Points can be earned in either Medical Knowledge or Practice Assessment, with at least 20 in Medical Knowledge.

    Important note: points earned before 1/1/14 will count toward maintaining your existing certificate(s) but will not count toward the new "Participating in MOC" category. Points earned after 1/1/14 count toward both.

  3. Register for the ABIM exam.
  4. Study for the exam with the help of MOC Exam Preparation Resources from ACP and succeed!

    Upon successful completion of the above steps and assuming you hold a current and valid license, you will be board certified contingent upon "Participating in MOC" each year.

  5. To be classified as Participating in MOC before your current certificate expires:
    • Earn some MOC points between 1/1/14 and 12/31/15 (and every subsequent 2 years) and begin working toward the requirement to earn 100 MOC points by 12/31/18, and every 5 years thereafter (see next point).
  6. To be classified as Participating in MOC after your current certificate expires: Pay the annual or 10-year fee to the ABIM and earn 100 MOC points every 5 years (starting in 2014) including at least 20 points in Medical Knowledge.
If your certification expires after 2017
  1. Enroll in the new ABIM Maintenance of Certification program (abim.org) and pay the annual or 10-year fee to ABIM.
  2. To be classified as Participating in MOC after your current certificate expires: Pay the annual or 10-year fee to the ABIM and earn 100 MOC points every 5 years (starting in 2014), including at least 20 points in Medical Knowledge.

    Important note: MOC points earned prior to 1/1/14 do not count towards maintaining your current certificate or the new "Participating in MOC" criteria.

  3. Take and pass the ABIM exam within 10 years of your certification year or by 2023 for those with a lifetime certificate, and every 10 years thereafter. (See MOC Exam Preparation Resources from ACP.)
If you have a lifetime certificate
  1. Enroll in the ABIM Maintenance of Certification program (abim.org) and pay the annual or 10-year fee to ABIM.
  2. Earn some MOC points between 1/1/14 and 12/31/15 (and every subsequent 2 years) and 100 MOC points by 12/31/18 (and every 5 years thereafter. Points can be earned in both Medical Knowledge and Practice Assessment, with at least 20 points coming from Medical Knowledge). (See Earn ABIM MOC Points with ACP.)

    Important note: MOC points earned prior to 1/1/14 do not count towards the new "Participating in MOC" criteria.

  3. Take and pass the ABIM exam.

    Important note: If you choose not to take the secure exam, or if you take the exam and do not pass, you would be listed on the ABIM website as "Certified, Not Participating in MOC," so your certification status would not be affected.

If your certification has lapsed

If your certification has lapsed, you will have to meet any/all of the outstanding requirements remaining before you are able to receive a new certificate. Specifically, you will have to:

  1. Enroll in the ABIM Maintenance of Certification program (abim.org) and pay the annual or 10-year fee to ABIM.
  2. Earn 100 MOC points, including a minimum of 20 medical knowledge points within 5 years.
  3. Take and pass the ABIM exam. (See MOC Exam Preparation Resources from ACP.)

When all of these requirements are met, a new certificate will be issued.

 

Earn ABIM MOC Points with ACP

What if I Still Don't Know Where to Start?

ACP has developed a MOC Navigator to help you review requirements, guide you in selecting ways to meet the requirements, show you how to enroll, and more.

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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.

Related Resources

MOC NavigatorMOC Navigator
A free ACP tool to help you understand the complexities of Maintenance of Certification.

Order MKSAP 16Order MKSAP 16
MKSAP is the leading self-study program to prepare for the ABIM MOC exams in internal medicine and hospital medicine. Plus, complete self-assessment tests and submit online for points.

Live MOC Exam Prep Course ScheduleLive MOC Exam Prep Course Schedule


Orlando, FL - February 13-15, 2015
Washington, DC - March 12-14, 2015
Boston, MA - April 28-29, 2015

Interactive Course RecordingsInteractive Course Recordings
Course recordings offer a comprehensive review of internal medicine, focusing on exam-specific content.

CommunityCommunity
Discuss MOC issues in the Maintenance of Certification Special Interest Group.