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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.

Program Exam Report Information

The ABIM Internal Medicine Certification Examination reports summarize the performance of trainees who completed training in your program. Program exam reports are mailed to programs in the spring, and include the program exam performance summary, as well as individual trainee exam performance reports for candidates who meet criteria described below.

If you have comments, questions or believe the reports you received do not accurately identify the candidates from your training program, please contact ABIM's Knowledge Assessment - Production & Analysis Department at results@abim.org.

Program Exam Performance Report

Program level exam performance data are presented in four reports: Reports A, B, C and D. Each report is included only if your program meets the criteria described below.

Report A – Aggregate performance of candidates from your program on the current exam and comparative data for all programs. Report A is included if four or more candidates from your program have met the following criteria:

  • Took the exam for the first time in 2013
  • Completed training in 2012 or 2013
  • Received their final evaluation of clinical competence from your program

Report B – Three-year pass rate for the first attempt of candidates from your program and comparative data for all programs. These data will be sent to the IM-RRC if your program is accredited through the ACGME. Report B is included if 10 or more candidates from your program have met the following criteria:

  • Took the exam for the first time in 2011, 2012 or 2013 (Only performance on the first attempt is included in this report)
  • Completed training the same year they took the exam or the year prior to taking the exam
  • Received their final evaluation of clinical competence from your program

Report C – Three-year pass rate (from 4 to 9) for each rating of medical knowledge for the first attempt of candidates from your program and comparative data for all programs. Report C will be included if at least three candidates from your program have met the following criteria:

  • Took the exam for the first time in 2011, 2012 or 2013 (Only performance on the first attempt is included in this report)
  • Completed training the same year they took the exam, or the year prior to taking the exam
  • Candidates received their final evaluation of clinical competence from your program

Report D – Certification status for each of your candidates and whether each has authorized the release of their score report. Report D is included if candidates from your program have met the following criteria:

  • Took the exam for the first time in 2013
  • Completed training in 2012 or 2013
  • Received their final evaluation of clinical competence from your program

Pass Rates

ABIM does not evaluate the quality of internal medicine residency or fellowship training. However, three-year program level pass rates are computed each year for all accredited U.S. internal medicine training programs.

Subspecialty Program Reports

Subspecialty program director reports are mailed mid-spring. They include score reports for candidates who have authorized their release and the certification status for each of your candidates who:

  • Took the exam for the first time in 2013
  • Completed training the same year they took the exam or the year prior to taking the exam
  • Received their final evaluation of clinical competence from your program

Pass Rates

The small number of candidates makes it impossible to generate reports for subspecialty programs or fellowships. However, pass rates can be obtained by using reports you have received over the past several years, adding together the numbers of passers across all years of interest, and dividing this total by the number of takers across the same period.