Maintain board certification at a speed that works for you.
ABIM’s Longitudinal Knowledge Assessment (LKA™) for Maintenance of Certification (MOC) – launching in 2022 – is designed with physicians' personal and professional needs in mind: greater flexibility, more convenience, and faster feedback.
What you can expect
The LKA is a 5-year cycle during which you answer questions on an ongoing basis and receive regular feedback on how you're performing. As long as you’re meeting the LKA Participation Requirement and any other MOC requirements, you’ll continue to be publicly reported as Certified for your entire 5-year LKA cycle.
The LKA 5-Year Cycle
Questions Receive Quarterly
30 questions released each quarter; earn 0.2 MOC points for each correct answer.
Open at least 500 out of 600 questions over 5 years to meet the Participation Requirement.
Answer questions at your pace, any place and time, and access any resource (except another person).
Feedback Receive Periodically
Ongoing feedback including references and rationales.
Updated score report on a quarterly basis after first year to help identify areas for future study.
Results At end of cycle
Final pass/fail decision made at the end of your 5-year cycle.
Continue with the LKA or take the traditional, 10-year MOC exam to stay certified.
You Will Earn MOC Points
In addition to helping you know and demonstrate you’re keeping your medical knowledge current, participating in the LKA has another great feature: you’ll earn MOC points for every question you answer correctly. Here’s how it works:
Answer a question correctly
Earn 0.2 MOC points
Seriously, that's it!
HOW MANY POINTS CAN BE EARNED?
You’ll be offered 600 questions per 5-year assessment cycle, so over time you could potentially meet your MOC point requirement through LKA participation alone. Points you’ve earned will be awarded and added to your personalized ABIM Physician Portal quarterly.
MAINTAINING MORE THAN ONE CERTIFICATE THROUGH LKA?
If you participate in LKA for more than one of your certificates you’ll still receive 0.2 MOC points for every correct answer, giving you even more opportunities to earn points. Remember: you only need to earn a total of 100 MOC points over 5 years, no matter how many certificates you’re maintaining.
Understanding Your Assessment Timeline
ABIM offers multiple ways to maintain your certification. This tool provides assessment options by speciality. To find your specific due dates, sign in to your Physician Portal.
Freedom, Flexibility, and Immediacy
Medicine changes quickly. By participating in the LKA you can take questions on an ongoing basis and get immediate feedback to help keep your medical knowledge current.
With the LKA you will be able to:
Answer questions any place, anytime, on almost any internet connected device
Access any resources used in practice (except for another person)
Receive immediate feedback with rationales and references for the correct and incorrect answers
The Latest UpdatesSee All
April 06, 2021 | In this issue: A Message from Richard Baron, ABIM President and CEO Introducing the Longitudinal Knowledge Assessment FAQ on MOC extension Meet ABIM’s Exam Experience Team Research…
March 08, 2021 | In this post: Letter to all ABIM Diplomates Details of the MOC deadline extension Questions you may have, answered Dear ABIM Diplomates, ABIM’s Board of Directors is a… The…
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