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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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MOC is a professionally determined standard that attests that an internist is staying current in knowledge and practice throughout his/her career.

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.

For more than 75 years, Certification by ABIM has stood for the highest standard in internal medicine and its 20 subspecialties.

Section: Rheumatology Maintenance of Certification Exam

Rheumatology MOC Exam Dates

Note that there are two steps you must complete to schedule your exam:

  • Enroll by deadlines listed below, if you have not already done so.
  • Schedule your exam with the test provider within the time frames listed below.

Standard Exam Dates

Exam Date Options Be enrolled in MOC by*... Schedule a seat between...
Spring 2017: May 18, 2017 Feb. 15, 2017 Dec. 1, 2016 and Feb 28, 2017
Fall 2017: Nov. 13, 2017 Aug. 1, 2017 May 1, 2017 and Aug. 15, 2017
Spring 2018: May 15, 2018 Feb. 15, 2018 Dec. 1, 2017 and Feb 28, 2018
Fall 2018: Oct. 31, 2018 Aug. 1, 2018 May 1, 2018 and Aug. 15, 2018
* In order to take this exam, you must have completed enrollment in the ABIM MOC program by this date.

Special Accommodation Exam Dates*

Exam Date Options Be enrolled in MOC by**... Schedule a seat between...
Spring 2017: May 15-19, 2017 Feb. 15, 2017 Dec. 1, 2016 and Feb. 28, 2017
Fall 2017: Nov. 13-17, 2017 Aug. 1, 2017 May 1, 2017 and Aug. 15, 2017
Spring 2018: May 7-11, 2018 Feb. 15, 2018 Dec. 1, 2017 and Feb. 28, 2018
Fall 2018: Nov. 12-16, 2018 Aug. 1, 2018 May 1, 2018 and Aug. 15, 2018
* These exam dates are only offered to candidates who have a documented disability requiring a special testing schedule, as provided under the Americans with Disabilities Act. Please see the ABIM policy on Testing Accommodations for Exam Takers with Disabilities.



** In order to take this exam, you must have completed enrollment in the ABIM MOC program by this date.

Important Notes:

  • All deadlines are as of 11:59 p.m. ET (Eastern time) on the dates listed above.
  • All dates are subject to change.
  • Read more about how to Change or Cancel an Exam.
  • Cancellation deadline is two (2) days prior to scheduled examination date. (Example: For exams scheduled Thursday, May 18, 2017, the cancellation deadline would be 11:59 p.m. ET on Tuesday, May 16, 2017.)
  • It is the sole responsibility of the candidate to be aware of and comply with seat scheduling deadlines. In fairness to all candidates, ABIM adheres firmly to its published seat scheduling deadlines for its examinations. Candidates are encouraged to apply early in the seat scheduling period.
  • Exam results will be released within three months of the exam date.