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ABIM is committed to research regarding Certification, Maintenance of Certification (MOC) and our assessment tools. Research areas include the need for physician assessment and evaluation, the role of certification and MOC, quality improvement and efficacy of assessment tools. Learn more about how ABIM uses physician data for research.

We welcome your comments about our research.

Medical Knowledge and Patient Outcomes

In this video Furman S. McDonald, MD, MPH, FACP, Senior Vice President for Academic and Medical Affairs at ABIM, provides an overview of evidence related to medical knowledge and patient-relevant outcomes.

MOC Matters

Research shows that physicians who maintain their certification or score higher on an assessment are more likely to avoid disciplinary action, perform better and adhere to guidelines.

The Value of Assessments

Studies have found that there are four key elements to keeping knowledge current and easily retrievable. Taking an assessment as part of ABIM's Maintenance of Certification (MOC) program touches on all four of these elements.'

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