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Initial Certification indicates that physicians have met rigorous standards through intensive study, accredited training and evaluation and that they have the clinical judgment, skills and attitudes essential for the delivery of excellent patient care.

MOC is a professionally determined standard that attests that an internist is staying current in knowledge and practice throughout his/her career.

For more than 75 years, Certification by ABIM has stood for the highest standard in internal medicine and its 20 subspecialties.

Physician Professionalism

Trust. Respect. Honesty. Ethical use of resources. Social Justice. These are core tenants that medical professionals embrace when serving patients. Professionalism is the force that drives doctors to do right by their patients no matter what.


Chesluk B, Bernabeo E, Reddy S, et al. Pulling teams together: Interprofessional teamwork and the challenges faced by hospitals, providers and patients.

Bernabeo E, Reddy S, Ross K, Chesluk B, Guille R, Holmboe ES. Use of vignettes to stimulate reflection on professional dilemmas

Research from ABIM Foundation

Since 1999, the ABIM Foundation has been working to advance research, conversations and education related to medical professionalism.

On the foundation’s website, you can find the Charter on Medical Professionalism. The charter’s three fundamental principles and set of definitive professional responsibilities are supported by journal articles and other related resources.