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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.

CME that Earns MOC

CME Accredited ABIM MOC

ABIM's collaboration with the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) provides the opportunity for ABIM Board Certified physicians who are maintaining their certification to earn MOC points for thousands of accredited CME activities.

Visit CME Finder to search the list of CME activities that earn ABIM MOC points.

Once you complete an activity, the CME provider will collect and submit your completion information so that ABIM may award your ABIM MOC points.

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How do I find a CME activity that earns ABIM MOC points?

Visit CME Finder to search the list of CME activities that earn ABIM MOC points.

You can filter the list of activities by fields such as specialty, activity provider (for example, professional membership organization and/or affiliation), activity type, credit type, fee and location.

You can also contact the CME provider to inquire about ABIM MOC eligibility for a specific activity. Check for the CME Accredited/ABIM MOC badge (above) on activity materials, brochures and announcements.

How do I claim MOC points for a CME activity?

The CME provider is responsible for submitting your activity completion information to ACCME. You do not need to contact ABIM to request MOC points. If you don't see them on your MOC Activity Report, contact the CME provider.

What types of CME activities are eligible for ABIM MOC points?

Many of the learning and quality improvement activities that you participate in earn both CME credit and MOC points, including:

  • Enduring materials
  • Live and online courses
  • Regularly scheduled series (e.g., grand rounds, tumor boards)
  • Performance improvement
  • Journal based CME
  • Internet searching and learning
  • Test-item writing
  • Committee learning
  • Manuscript review
  • Learning from teaching

What types of MOC credit can I earn for CME activities?

Accredited CME activities can be recognized for a single ABIM MOC credit type or combinations of credit types, including:

  • Medical Knowledge only
  • Practice Assessment only
  • Medical Knowledge + Practice Assessment
  • Medical Knowledge + Patient Safety
  • Medical Knowledge + Practice Assessment + Patient Safety
  • Practice Assessment + Patient Safety

MOC points earned for a CME activity count towards your total point requirement (i.e., 100 points every five years) and your Medical Knowledge requirement (i.e., 20 Medical Knowledge points every five years).

Although ABIM has extended the decision not to require Practice Assessment in its MOC program through December 31, 2018, you can still earn MOC points towards your total point requirement by completing Practice Assessment activities.

I already participated in a CME activity. How do I find out if it offers MOC points?

First check your ABIM MOC Activity Report to see if you already received MOC points for the activity. If not, contact the CME provider to inquire about ABIM MOC eligibility for a specific activity. Once an activity has ended, it is no longer searchable in CME Finder.

I participated in a CME activity that offered ABIM MOC points. Why don’t I see it listed in CME Finder?

Once an activity has ended, it is no longer searchable in CME Finder. Contact the CME provider to inquire about ABIM MOC eligibility for a specific activity.

Can I earn ABIM MOC points for an activity that offers American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP) Prescribed credit or American Osteopathic Association (AOA) credit?

Maybe. In order to be eligible to earn ABIM MOC points, CME activities must be:

  • Directly provided or jointly provided by a provider accredited within the ACCME system
  • Certified for AMA PRA Category 1 CreditTM
  • Registered with ACCME to grant ABIM MOC points

If the activity offers both AAFP Prescribed credit or AOA credit and AMA PRA Category 1 CreditTM, it could be eligible for ABIM MOC points. Contact the CME provider to inquire about ABIM MOC eligibility for a specific activity.

Can I send my CME certificate to ABIM to claim my MOC points?

No, ABIM cannot award MOC points based on submission of CME certificates. The CME provider will collect and submit your completion information so that ABIM may award your ABIM MOC points.

How will points be displayed for activities that are ongoing?

Many CME activities allow you to earn MOC points over time. Examples include:

  • sections or modules within an enduring material;
  • grand rounds;
  • journal based CME; and
  • internet searching and learning tools.

MOC points earned for a CME activity may be aggregated (rolled up) on a monthly or annual basis in your MOC Activity Report. The report will display the total points earned for the activity during the month or year as well as the most recent date that points were earned.

When will I receive MOC points for the CME activity I recently completed?

It is best to contact the CME provider to inquire about their timeframe for completion information submission for a specific activity.

The timeframe for submission of completion information varies by activity and can depend on how the CME provider reports completion information. For example:

  • Some CME providers use web services to transmit completion information from their software applications or learning management systems, often resulting in MOC points being awarded within 24 hours of activity completion. 
  • Other providers submit periodic batch reports, which may result in a longer lag time from activity completion to the awarding of MOC points. 
  • Some providers require the diplomate to initiate or authorize the submission of MOC points in some way prior to sending your completion information to ABIM.

How will I know when my MOC points have been awarded?

You will receive an email with the subject line “You Earned ABIM MOC Points For Activity Completion” to notify you that MOC points have recently been granted.

You can also check to see if the CME provider has reported your completion information by signing in to view your MOC Activity Report.

What is the deadline for completing a CME activity for MOC points?

You must complete your CME activities by December 31 in order for the MOC points to count towards any MOC requirements that are due by the end of the year. Sign in to view your MOC Status Report to see due dates for your specific requirements.

CME providers are advised to report completion information by December 31 to ensure that the MOC points count towards this year's requirements. ACCME's deadline for providers is March 31, and therefore ABIM will continue to accept completion information reported by CME providers through that date. If you experienced a negative status change as a direct result of insufficient MOC points, your status will be adjusted once the required number of points have been earned.

Can MOC points be removed if they were awarded in error?

Yes. CME providers can request removal of MOC points that were previously awarded in error, but only within the current calendar year (points cannot be removed from prior calendar years). You will receive an email notification with the subject line “MOC Points Removed,” advising you to contact the activity provider if you have questions about why the points were removed. You may also see negative points or zero points displayed in your MOC Activity Report when MOC points have been removed.

Why isn't my CME activity registered for MOC points?

ABIM MOC registration is open to all CME providers accredited within the ACCME system, however it is voluntary. The CME providers determine which of their activities meet ABIM’s requirements in support of physician engagement in lifelong learning and quality improvement.

It may take CME providers time to implement ABIM's requirements in their CME programs and build the infrastructure to capture completion information for the purpose of reporting MOC credit to ABIM.

If your organization is not aware of the ABIM MOC opportunity, you might consider sharing ABIM's requirements (pdf)and directing them to ACCME for additional information about this opportunity.

Can I earn retroactive MOC points for CME activities that I completed in prior years?

For activities that were completed in the prior calendar year, ABIM will accept retroactive credit through March 31, which is the end of ACCME’s reporting period. No other retroactive credit will be accepted.

Why does CME Finder show activities from prior calendar years if I'm not able to earn retroactive MOC points for CME activities?

Some activities such as enduring materials are available for up to three years from the date of publication. These activities often contain the publication year in the activity title. For example, a "2015 Board Prep" course might be available for you to complete any time between September 2015 and September 2018.