ABIM certification sets you apart and demonstrates to your peers and patients that you are an expert physician in your discipline. Research indicates that ABIM Board Certified physicians make fewer diagnostic errors, are more likely to adhere to recommended guidelines, have lower mortality rates in their patients and are current in their medical knowledge.
What Does ABIM Require for Certification?
A state medical license in good standing, with no restrictions
Successful completion of a residency in the area in which the physician would like to specialize
Passing the Internal Medicine Certification Examination Read our Policies and Procedures
MOC = Maintenance of Certification
MOC provides board certified physicians with a structured pathway to demonstrate they are staying current in the medical knowledge they use to treat patients and make important care decisions daily. Once you pass the initial certification assessment, you must participate in MOC to stay certified.
CME = Continuing Medical Education
CME is the process by which health professionals engage in activities designed to support their continuing professional development. It can include attending conferences and seminars, taking classes or participating in Regularly Schedule Series or Grand Rounds.
What’s the difference between MOC and CME?
CME is required for licensure, MOC is required for certification.
MOC requires demonstration that knowledge has been gained. While some educational activities for physicians count for both CME and MOC, the standards for MOC generally remain more stringent as board certification is a higher standard of demonstrated knowledge than licensure.
What is the difference between licensure and certification?
Licensure is required by law to practice medicine in a specific state and is issued by the state medical board. Certification is not required to practice medicine, but board certification is required by many hospitals and health care systems because it shows physicians are committed to continued learning and evaluation.
You Are a Part of Something Big!
ABIM supports more than 200,000 board certified physicians through:
- Support around issues that are important to physicians - PPE during the pandemic, Joint Statement on Dissemination of Misinformation, grants to build trust and improve diversity, equity and inclusion efforts
- An intentional effort to reduce racism and healthcare inequities for people of color in the United States. Learn more
- Research that helps ensure ABIM assessments promote learning and ensure board certified physicians have current knowledge to provide the best patient care. Learn more
- Promoting to the public how board certified physicians meet the highest professional standards