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ABIM knows that we have many physicians whose lives have been upended by recent natural disasters. If you live or work near an affected area, we understand that the weather may have impacted your ability to take your Fall 2017 exam as scheduled. We have developed a series of options to help you get through this process as smoothly as possible. If you have any questions, please call us at 1-800-441-ABIM (2246) or email request@abim.org.

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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: Enrollment and Cost

Cost

MOC Cost and Refund Policies (if you paid before 2014)

Cost

  • Your Maintenance of Certification (MOC) enrollment fee is valid for 10 years and includes one secure exam and access to an unlimited number of ABIM self-evaluation products.
  • There is a separate fee of $775 for each additional exam taken, in the event that you are maintaining multiple certifications or if you are re-attempting to pass an exam.
  • Beginning with the Spring 2015 MOC exam administration, if you are retaking a MOC exam for the first time after failing this same exam once before, you will be charged a reduced retake fee of $400. Subsequent retakes of this same exam will remain at $775.
  • If you make changes to your certification areas, your fee credit will cover these changes.
  • Your fee credit is valid until the payment expiration date.
  • There is an International Test Center Fee of $500 (this fee is waived for active members of the military).

Refund Policies

  • If you choose not to maintain a certification for which you previously enrolled, you will not receive a refund of your 10-year prepayment.
  • There are no refunds if you decide to retire.
  • The exam credits can be used toward any certification.
  • Your MOC exam fee will be credited to your account when you cancel your MOC exam in accordance with the MOC exam cancellation policy.

MOC Cost and Refund Policies (if you paid in 2014 or after)

Beginning in 2014, the Maintenance of Certification (MOC) program fee includes:

  • One secure examination for each specialty you choose to maintain
  • Note: Retaking an MOC exam for the first time after failing the same exam once will cost $400. Subsequent retakes of the exam will cost $775.
  • Access to all ABIM self-evaluation products
  • Any CME credit you can claim through completion of an ABIM module
  • There is an International Test Center Fee of $500 (this fee is waived for active members of the military).

Cost

Your MOC program fee covers a 10-year period. There is an option to pay annually on January 1; however, annual payments may be subject to fee increases.

  Fee If paid annually
Internal Medicine $1,940 $194
Internal Medicine with a Focused Practice in Hospital Medicine (FPHM) $2,060 $206
Any subspecialty $2,560 $256

Please note, if you:

  • Maintain certification in more than one area, you will be eligible for the multi-certification rate. This rate is 100% of the higher cost certificate and 50% of the lower cost certificate(s).
  • Are certified by another member Board of the American Board of Medical Specialties (ABMS), you are eligible for a 30% discount on all MOC fees.
  • Change your certification areas in the middle of a payment term, your MOC program fees will be adjusted accordingly.
  • Paid an MOC program fee prior to January 1, 2014, it will remain on your account.
  • Fall behind in payments, your certification status may change.
  • Choose to pay annually, your annual fee is due each year on January 1.

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Fee Credits & Waivers

  • After January 2014, those enrolled in an eligible fellowship program in the 2014 calendar year and after will receive an MOC program fee credit for every eligible fellowship year you have completed. Fellowship years are eligible for credit if they are accredited by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME), the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada, or the Professional Corporation of Physicians of Quebec. Fee credits will be granted upon receipt of an eligible training evaluation and will appear as a credit on your account. If you have chosen to pay annually, your fee credit must be applied toward the annual fee for the calendar year subsequent to your training or it will be forfeited. Unaccredited training years either before or during fellowship or fellowship years completed before 2014 do not qualify for the MOC credit.
  • Upon successful completion of an eligible fellowship year and ABIM's receipt of your evaluation from your program director via FasTrack, you will receive 20 MOC points and a one-year MOC fellowship fee credit, available through your login to ABIM.org.
  • For fellowships completed in 2014, the fee credit and points won’t be applied until the 2015 calendar year at the earliest because the credit application is contingent upon ABIM’s receipt of your evaluation from your program director. These evaluations come to ABIM via our FasTrack system. No action on your part is required.
  • If you are newly certified in Internal Medicine, you will receive an MOC program fee waiver the first year of your certification, which expires December 31 the year subsequent to your initial certification.

Refund Policies

  • If you paid annually and are still maintaining at least one area of certification: ABIM will give a credit on your account if you withdraw from a certification area.
  • If you paid for 10 years and are still maintaining at least one area of certification: ABIM will give a prorated credit on your account if you withdraw from a certification area after paying a 10-year MOC fee.
  • If you paid annually or for 10 years and completely withdraw from the MOC program: ABIM does not give refunds or credits if you withdraw completely from the MOC program. Credits are only granted if at least one certification area is being maintained.
  • If you cancel an MOC exam: Your MOC exam fee will be credited to your account if you cancel your MOC exam in accordance with the MOC Exam Cancellation Policy.
  • See this announcement about 2015 MOC fees.