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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 388 392 397 397 396 397 393 389 395 400
Total number of residents (1) 23910 23995 24096 24300 24372 24461 24902 25309 25661 25828
R1 (2) 9423 9388 9420 9476 9471 9460 9749 9812 9789 10007
R2 7189 7123 7221 7273 7308 7339 7480 7655 7799 7707
R3 6841 7040 6965 7080 7138 7168 7200 7361 7573 7652