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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.

Submitting evaluations

Why do I need to submit evaluations by June 30 (non-ACGME-accredited) or September 1 (ACGME-accredited)? What happens if I don't submit evaluations on time?

Submitting outstanding evaluations after published deadlines puts trainee certification eligibility at risk. Residents/fellows with incomplete training will not be eligible for board certification.

How long do I have to submit outstanding evaluations?

  • ACGME-accredited programs: July – September 1.
  • Non-ACGME-accredited programs: Early May – June 30.

ACGME-accredited programs: Why does the Internal Medicine evaluation deadline fall after the Internal Medicine exam?

  • The Internal Medicine examination occurs shortly after ABIM receives and loads evaluation data sent by ACGME. In recognition of this short period for turn around, ABIM will grant admission/reject admission to the Internal Medicine examination based on information transferred to ABIM from ACGME ADS in July, and candidate certification will be granted pending submission of the evaluation by the program.
  • Candidates will be informed of examination results pending submission of the evaluation by the program.

Non-ACGME-accredited programs: Why is my evaluation period different from the ACGME-accredited programs?

The Internal Medicine deadline falls on June 30 because ABIM will not have evaluation information on your trainees upon which to base eligibility decisions until the non-ACGME-accredited program submits them to ABIM.