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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.

Accommodation for Test Takers with Disabilities

It is the policy of the American Board of Internal Medicine (ABIM) to comply with Title III of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). Therefore, consistent with the ADA, ABIM will offer its examinations in a place and manner accessible to persons with disabilities or offer alternative accessible arrangements for such individuals, where feasible.

Upon request, ABIM will make reasonable modifications to its examination procedures or provide auxiliary aides or services for candidates with documented disabilities. These accommodations will be made in order to ensure that examination results reflect each candidate's clinical knowledge or medical judgment, rather than the candidate's sensory, manual or psychological skills, except where those skills are factors that a given examination is designed to measure. There are limits to the accommodations that ABIM is able to provide – see Forms of Accommodation for more information.

Consistent with the requirements of the ADA, ABIM will evaluate each request for an accommodation and any information submitted in support of such request. Based on ABIM's experience, requests accompanied by the type and form of information listed in this policy are more likely to be evaluated quickly and approved without the need for additional information from a requesting candidate. Also, although ABIM will consider requests for all forms of accommodations, based on its experience, the Forms of Accommodation listed are able to satisfy most candidates' needs. Frequently, requests for these types of accommodations can be evaluated more expeditiously.

In all cases, ABIM prefers to communicate directly with candidates who request accommodations. When necessity requires, however, ABIM will communicate with a delegate of a candidate regarding ABIM policy and the status of that candidate's request for accommodations. In such circumstances, candidates themselves must affirmatively state their intention to communicate through a specific delegate to ABIM. In all cases, communication between ABIM and a candidate's delegate will not include the sharing of confidential medical information.

For additional information about what options are available for your unique situation, e-mail or call 1-800-441-ABIM (2246).

All candidates should review this policy in its entirety to ensure that they understand their rights and obligations when requesting a testing accommodation.