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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.

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Number of Programs and Residents

Some data presented here differs from earlier reports because the table has been updated to reflect the most accurate data currently available.

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(1) Total number of residents does not equal the sum of R1 through R3 because the numbers of R4 and R5 residents are not shown.

(2) Includes residents in an internal medicine categorical, primary care, combined, preliminary or transitional training program.

Number of programs 392 397 397 396 397 393 389 395 400 410
Total number of residents (1) 23995 24096 24300 24372 24461 24880 25305 25606 26148 26381
R1 (2) 9388 9420 9476 9471 9460 9722 9806 9776 10079 10108
R2 7123 7221 7273 7308 7339 7490 7656 7795 7810 7920
R3 7040 6965 7080 7138 7168 7199 7363 7545 7733 7756