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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.

Details about Requirements Currently Under Review

ABIM has extended its February 3, 2015, decision to not require the Practice Assessment, Patient Voice and Patient Safety requirements in its Maintenance of Certification (MOC) program through December 31, 2018.

This decision was based upon feedback from the internal medicine and subspecialty community, as well as ABIM’s commitment to ensuring the MOC program does a better job recognizing meaningful activities physicians are already doing in practice.

In the meantime, you can still earn MOC points for doing quality improvement activities. See all the ways you can earn MOC points.

Help Transform ABIM MOC

It is important to ABIM leadership that practicing physicians have a say to make sure we get it right. Going forward, ABIM will continue its dialogue with the community about the MOC process, ensuring that it remains relevant and valued by physicians and their patients and reflects a set of common values shared by internists.

To stay informed about the ongoing discussion, be sure to subscribe for regular updates from the Transforming ABIM blog and please e-mail your thoughts to

Read full December 16, 2015, announcement or visit our FAQ page for more information about these changes.