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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.


This section provides answers to frequently asked questions about ABIM’s MOC program. 

We welcome your input and the involvement of practicing physicians as we continue to make the MOC program more meaningful and reflective of practice. You can visit the Transforming ABIM site to stay informed about how the MOC program is evolving to better meet the needs of you and your physician peers.

Please send us your thoughts and opinions at or call ABIM Diplomate Services at 1-800-441-ABIM.