The self-evaluation component of Maintenance of Certification provides an opportunity for you to maintain a commitment to lifelong learning. You complete the self-evaluation requirement by earning a total of 100 points from two categories:
- Self-Evaluation of Medical Knowledge — open-book modules testing clinical and practical knowledge in a particular field.
- Self-Evaluation of Practice Performance — modules that focus on improving your practice, including the ABIM PIMs Practice Improvement Modules®.
- Self-Evaluation Point Requirements
- Important Reminders about Self-Evaluation
- Copyright and Examination Non-Disclosure Policy
Self-Evaluation Point Requirements
To maintain your certificate, you need to earn a total of 100 self-evaluation points.
If you are renewing one certificate:
- Complete self-evaluation modules to earn 100 points:
- 20 points in Self-Evaluation of Medical Knowledge
- 20 points in Self-Evaluation of Practice Performance
- 60 points from either Self-Evaluation of Medical Knowledge, Self-Evaluation of Practice Performance, or a combination of both
If you are renewing more than one certificate (e.g., Internal Medicine and one subspecialty):
- You can apply the 100 points you have earned – as outlined above – to both certificates you are renewing, provided that the 100 points are still valid at the time your second certificate expires.
- You will need to take and pass the exam for each certificate you hold.
Example of How You Can Earn Your 100 Points of Self-Evaluation
|Two ABIM Internal Medicine Annual Updates||20 points|
|One ABIM Point-of-Care Clinical Question module||20 points|
|One medical knowledge module derived from ACP MKSAP||20 points|
|One chronic care PIM||20 points|
|One Communication PIM||20 points|
Important Reminders about Self-Evaluation
- These medical knowledge and practice performance self-evaluation categories correspond to the "Maintenance of Certification" framework adopted by all 24 member boards of the American Board of Medical Specialties (ABMS).
- Self-Evaluation modules are Web-based and can be completed individually or in groups.
- You may also earn CME credit for completing these modules.
- The self-evaluation process is not linked directly to any prescribed form of education; ABIM does not prepare a syllabus. All self-evaluation modules are HIPAA compliant.
Copyright and Examination Non-Disclosure Policy
All ABIM materials are protected by the federal Copyright Act, 17 U.S.C. § 101, et seq. Access to all such materials, as further detailed below, is strictly conditioned upon agreement to abide by ABIM's rights under the Copyright Act and to maintain examination confidentiality.
ABIM examinations are confidential, in addition to being protected by federal copyright and trade secret laws. Candidates and diplomates who undertake examinations agree that they will not copy, reproduce, adapt, disclose, or transmit examinations, in whole or in part, before or after taking an examination, by any means now known or hereafter invented. They further agree that they will not reconstruct examination content from memory, by dictation, or by any other means or otherwise discuss examination content with others. Candidates and diplomates further acknowledge that disclosure or any other use of ABIM examination content constitutes professional misconduct and may expose them to criminal as well as civil liability, and may also result in ABIM's imposition of penalties against them, including but not limited to, invalidation of examination results, exclusion from future examinations, suspension, revocation of certification and other sanctions.
With respect to ABIM's Maintenance of Certification (MOC) products, including its Medical Knowledge Modules and ABIM PIMs Practice Improvement Modules®, candidates agree that they will not copy, reproduce or make any adaptations of such materials in any manner; and will not assist someone else in the infringement or misuse of these or any other ABIM-copyrighted works.Top