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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.

Section: Internal Medicine Certification Exam

Internal Medicine Certification Exam Dates

Standard Exam Dates

Exam Date Options Registration Dates Late Registration Dates*
2016: Aug. 16, 18, 19, 22, 24 or 25, 2016 Dec. 1, 2015 through Feb. 15, 2016 Feb. 16, 2016 through Mar. 1, 2016
2017: Aug. 16, 17, 18, 21, 22 or 24, 2017 Dec. 1, 2016 through Apr. 15, 2017 Apr. 16, 2017 through May 1, 2017

* Requires a non-refundable fee.

Special Accommodation Exam Dates*

Exam Date Options Registration Dates Late Registration Dates**
2016: Aug. 22-26, 2016 Dec. 1, 2015 through Feb. 15, 2016 Feb. 16, 2016 through Mar. 1, 2016
2017: Aug. 21-25, 2017 Dec. 1, 2016 through Apr. 15, 2017 Apr. 16, 2017 through May 1, 2017

* These exam dates are only offered to candidates who have a documented disability requiring a special testing schedule, as provided under the Americans with Disabilities Act. Please see the ABIM policy on Accommodation for Test Takers with Disabilities.

** Requires a non-refundable fee.

Important Notes:

  • Deadline for cancellation is 11:59 p.m. ET two (2) days prior to scheduled examination date. (Example: For exams scheduled Thursday, October 13, 2016, the cancellation deadline would be 11:59 p.m. ET on Tuesday, October 11, 2016.) See Refund Policy.
  • It is the candidate's responsibility to be aware of and comply with registration deadlines. In fairness to all candidates, ABIM adheres firmly to its published deadlines for registration and late registration for its exams. Candidates are encouraged to apply early in the registration period.
  • All dates are subject to change.
  • To change a scheduled exam date, see Change or Cancel an Exam.
  • Exam results will be released within three months of the exam date.