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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.


ABIM's Academic Affairs department is dedicated to working closely with the graduate medical education community to enhance residency and fellowship training through faculty development, education and research.

We strive to support the academic community by encouraging program directors to critically assess and evaluate trainee competence. This assessment helps to ensure that trainees have acquired the knowledge, skills and attitudes necessary to advance in their careers by:

  • Establishing a relationship between the trainee and the faculty who train them;
  • Providing education and tools to help faculty improve their assessment of trainees;
  • Communicating the value of ABIM Board Certification and Maintenance of Certification to trainees early in their medical careers; and
  • Supporting academic leaders in their efforts to engage trainees in lifelong professional development.

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  • Academic Affairs can provide resources for training program assessment tools, faculty development initiatives, certification policies and FasTrack® evaluations.

    Call 1-800-996-2246 or e-mail

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