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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.

Key Dates for the Academic Year

December - March

  • December 1 - February 15: Internal Medicine Initial Certification Registration Period
  • February 16 - March 1: Late Registration Period

March - June

  • March 1 - May 15: Subspecialty Initial Certification Registration Period
  • May 16 - June 1: Late Registration Period

August

  • ABIM Internal Medicine Certification Examination is administered
  • All residents must finish training on or before August 31 in order to take the ABIM Internal Medicine Certification Examination administered earlier in August of the same year

October/November

  • Initial subspecialty examinations are administered in October/November
  • All fellows must finish training on or before October 31 in order to take a subspecialty examination in the same year
  • All residents and fellows must first become certified in internal medicine to be eligible to take a subspecialty examination
  • The internal medicine and subspecialty examinations may not be taken in the same year

For exam dates, see - Certification Exam Information