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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.

Hospitals, Health Systems & Medical Groups

A growing number of hospitals, health systems and medical groups are incorporating ABIM's Maintenance of Certification program into their own processes for streamlining and quality improvement.

Organizations can support physicians' participation in MOC in the following ways:

  • Foster peer learning of important medical knowledge in a collegial setting by hosting Learning Sessions
  • Recruit physicians into quality improvement initiatives using PIMs
  • Apply to have multiple quality improvement activities approved for practice assessment MOC points though the Multi-Specialty MOC Portfolio Program
  • Apply to have a quality improvement project or Web-based tool approved for practice assessment MOC points through the AQI Pathway
  • Teach residents and/or fellows important quality improvement skills through ABIM’s PIMs in Residency and Fellowship programs

By working with ABIM, organizations are providing value to their physicians by: