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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.

Procedural Logbook

The ABIM Procedural Logbook is a convenient tool for recording procedural skills learned during training. Documentation and verification of these skills is a requirement to sit for the ABIM certification exam, obtain hospital clinical privileges and, in many cases, get hospital credentials. The logbook will help trainees record:

  • Understanding of the indications, limitations, contraindications and complications of diagnostic and therapeutic procedures
  • Performance of diagnostic and therapeutic procedures
  • Interpretation of diagnostic and therapeutic procedure results

Guide to using the logbook:

  • The trainee will fill in the type of procedure performed, date, patient name and/or medical record number
  • Substantiation of the trainee's clinical competence in performing procedures is the responsibility of the supervisor (qualified physician/core faculty member). The qualified physician is defined as the individual who is competent to perform and authorized to teach the procedure; ultimately this individual should attest to the trainee’s competence to conduct the procedure independently
  • The supervisor will observe and evaluate cognitive and technical abilities, sign the logbook and indicate whether any improvements are needed in the trainee’s skill set:
    • Cognitive skill is defined as the trainee's competency in understanding the indications, limitations, contraindications and complications of the designated procedure as well as interpretation of the results
    • Technical skill is defined as the trainee's competency in performing the procedure