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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 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™).

Proposed activities should fit into one or more of the National Academy of Medicine's (formerly the Institute of Medicine) quality dimensions or one or more of the three Aims or six Priorities articulated in the National Quality Strategy. As part of a process to evolve the AQI program to accept a wider variety of activities for MOC, sponsors will have the opportunity to co-create with ABIM the definition of meaningful engagement in quality improvement activities.

To Submit an Activity for Approval:

Review of application by ABIM takes approximately 20 business days. During the review period, applicants may be asked to clarify information about their activity.