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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.

Approved Quality Improvement Program

The ABIM Approved Quality Improvement (AQI) Program is the process through which ABIM recognizes externally developed quality improvement and patient safety activities that physicians are doing in practice. ABIM welcomes proposals from sponsors that may include medical specialty societies, hospitals or departments within hospitals, medical groups, clinics or other health-related organizations that wish to approve a single activity (larger health care organizations seeking to pursue QI activities across disciplines may wish to pursue the ABMS Multi-Specialty Portfolio Approval Program™).

To Submit an Activity for Approval:

Approval for activities offering AMA PRA Category 1 Credits

ABIM recently expanded its collaboration with ACCME to recognize CME activities for Practice Assessment MOC credit. Accredited providers should register Practice Assessment MOC activities in ACCME's Program and Activity Reporting System (PARS)

Approval for all other activities

Application Deadlines:

AQI Applications are peer-reviewed by one or more members of the relevant ABIM Specialty Board. Upcoming application submission deadlines are as follows:

Specialty Board Fall 2017



Application Deadlines
Spring 2018



Application Deadlines
Cardiovascular Board Jul. 17, 2017 Jan. 18, 2018
Critical Care Medicine Board Sept. 8, 2017 Mar. 16, 2018
Endocrinology, Diabetes and Metabolism Board Aug. 3, 2017 Mar. 2, 2018
Gastroenterology Board Sept. 21, 2017 Mar. 22, 2018
Geriatric Medicine Board Sept. 14, 2017 Feb. 20, 2018
Hematology Board Aug. 18, 2017 Mar. 15, 2018
Infectious Disease Board Aug. 25, 2017 Jan. 12, 2018
Internal Medicine Board Aug. 7, 2017 Mar 23, 2018
Medical Oncology Board Sept. 18, 2017 Mar. 27, 2018
Nephrology Board Sept. 1, 2017 Apr. 25, 2018
Pulmonary Disease Board Sept. 15, 2017 Mar. 9, 2018
Rheumatology Board Jul. 21, 2017 Jan. 26, 2018