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ABIM knows that we have many physicians whose lives have been upended by recent natural disasters. If you live or work near an affected area, we understand that the weather may have impacted your ability to take your Fall 2017 exam as scheduled. We have developed a series of options to help you get through this process as smoothly as possible. If you have any questions, please call us at 1-800-441-ABIM (2246) or email request@abim.org.

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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.

Credentialers

ABIM no longer issues certificates with end dates; however, we recognize that some entities require a current certification status to complete primary source verification. We will be updating this status on our website on an annual basis.

Therefore, we encourage credentialers to use ABIM's annual re-verification date of April 1 to obtain accurate information about your physician's current certification status by visiting abim.org/verify on April 1 annually. By utilizing the annual re-verification date suggested, you will have accurate information about a diplomate's current certification status.

Important notes:

  • ABIM has introduced changes to its Maintenance of Certification (MOC) program and its board certification status reporting processes. In addition to reporting board certification, ABIM reports whether or not ABIM Board Certified physicians are participating in MOC (i.e., engaging in MOC activities regularly).
  • There is growing recognition and agreement from the public, consumer groups and medical organizations that assessing knowledge and performance every 10 years is not sufficient. Participating in MOC recognizes those physicians who are keeping up with the changes in medicine.
  • The changes to the MOC program requirements apply to all ABIM Board Certified physicians, regardless of when they were initially certified.