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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.

Research in Progress

Physicians Invited to Participate in ABIM Research to Explore Open-Book Assessments

Since sharing the Assessment 2020 Task Force recommendations in September 2015, the American Board of Internal Medicine (ABIM) has strengthened efforts to collaboratively design an updated Maintenance of Certification (MOC) program with the internal medicine and subspecialty community. We've heard from thousands of physicians and dozens of medical specialty societies as part of this community-driven partnership.

Physicians have indicated through multiple channels that they would like ABIM to prioritize the first Assessment 2020 recommendation (alternatives to the current every 10-year MOC exam). One proposed change—suggested in the Assessment 2020 report and in community dialogue—is to make at least a portion of the secure assessment “open-book,” allowing physicians to look up information using online resources when taking MOC assessments.

ABIM recently launched a study to examine the possibility of allowing access to online resources during a portion of the MOC assessment. Learn more about the Open-Book Assessments study on the Transforming ABIM site and subscribe to receive regular e-mail updates.