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At ABIM we are actively monitoring the ongoing spread of coronavirus (COVID-19) and will post regular updates about any changes to scheduled assessments.
Please follow the United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) for the most up-to-date information on the virus.

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At ABIM we are actively monitoring the ongoing spread of coronavirus (COVID-19) and will post regular updates to this page, including any changes to scheduled assessments. We recommend following the United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) for the most up-to-date information on the virus.

May 28, 2020

ABIM Certificate Printing Delayed

Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, ABIM headquarters must comply with the City of Philadelphia’s stay-at-home order. As our staff members are working remotely in compliance with local and state guidelines, paper certificate printing and mailing is unavailable at this time.

We know physicians take great pride in their ABIM Board Certification. While we aren’t able to produce paper certificates right now, we do encourage physicians to check out the digital badges ABIM rolled out last year. You can download your badge from your Physician Portal and add it to your social media profiles, email signature or web pages to promote your ABIM Board Certification.

Please note: if asked, you do not need your paper certificate to prove your ABIM Board Certification. ABIM’s website serves as the primary source verification for credentialists.

May 8, 2020

How is COVID-19 impacting your practice?

We know how much your patients and communities are depending on their primary care providers as we respond to the COVID-19 pandemic. How is this impacting your practice?

The Larry Green Center, in partnership with the Primary Care Collaborative, wants to know so they can advocate on your behalf for real policy change. If you have three minutes to spare, please answer their quick clinician survey that aims to better understand the response and capacity of US primary care practices to COVID-19.

April 27, 2020

Registration Extended for 2020 Internal Medicine Certification Exam

Today, ABIM announced that registration for the Summer Internal Medicine Certification Examination (with no late fees) has been extended through May 15, 2020 to give candidates greater flexibility during this challenging time. We’d also like to take the opportunity to remind you of the following:

  • We encourage you to register for your exam for August, even if you are not sure you will take the exam at that time.
  • If you are unable or feel unprepared to test in August, ABIM will offer future dates so you can take it later within the 20/21 academic year. We will announce future dates as soon as we get them from our testing vendor, Pearson VUE. You will have to register by May 15, 2020 to schedule a future exam date.
  • No proof or documentation is needed if you schedule for a future date.
If you have any questions, please contact us at request@abim.org.

April 13, 2020

From ABIM President and CEO, Richard J. Baron, MD

ABIM Increases Flexibility to Maintain Certification

Expert internists and subspecialists are on the front line of the national response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Recognizing the unprecedented demands being placed on all of our board certified physicians, ABIM wants to be sure you are able to maintain your certification despite the stresses you are facing.

That’s why today I am sharing an important update with you: No one will lose certification if they aren’t able to complete a requirement this year.

Any physician who is currently certified and has a Maintenance of Certification (MOC) requirement due in 2020—including an assessment, point requirement or attestation—will now have until the end of 2021 to complete it. Physicians currently in their grace year will also be afforded an additional grace year in 2021.

We recognize that each of you faces a different situation, and many of you have been planning to take assessments in the fall. As of now, all fall 2020 MOC assessments will be offered as planned, so you can still take an exam this year if you’d like. We will send information later this spring about additional assessment dates in 2020 and 2021, and how to select one.

We are sending this message now so you can focus your time and attention where it is needed most: caring for your patients and your community.

The next few weeks and months will challenge our health care system and country like never before. Our many internal medicine colleagues—and the clinical teams that support them—have been heroic in their response, often selflessly putting their own personal safety at risk while using their superb skills to provide care for others. They have inspired all of us.

On behalf of ABIM, I want to personally thank you for all that you are doing for your patients during this time. If you are in a hotspot and treating patients suffering from COVID-19, my heart and my admiration go out to you. You are, every day, demonstrating the best of our profession. During this trying time please know the entire internal medicine community stands behind you and is here to support you however we can. Please stay safe.

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April 9, 2020

Supporting Frontline Physicians through #GetUsPPE

As part of our support for the internal medicine community, the American Board of Internal Medicine and the ABIM Foundation have each contributed funds to #GetUsPPE that facilitate the delivery of more than 50,000 pieces of personal protective equipment (PPE) to frontline physicians. This grassroots movement founded by emergency physicians is the largest coalition of PPE donor projects ensuring as many medical professionals as possible have the equipment they need to protect themselves and their patients. We’re all trying to find ways we can help, no matter how big or small. If you or your organization are looking for ways to get involved, check out #GetUsPPE’s website.

April 6, 2020

August 2020 Initial Certification Exam still on - Registration open through 4/28 - Late Fees Waived

We wanted you to know that, as of April 6, 2020, we are still planning to administer the Summer Internal Medicine Initial Certification Examination in August 2020.

Registration will remain open through April 28, 2020 and—to give you greater flexibility during this challenging time—no late fee will be applied from April 16-28, 2020 (the previously published late registration window). No one will be able to register after April 28, 2020.

As this is an evolving situation, we understand COVID-19 may impact your ability to prepare for or take the exam in August. We encourage you to register and schedule your exam for August, even if you are not sure you will take the exam at that time, as that will give you maximum flexibility in selecting a future date that works for you. If you are unable to test in August, ABIM will offer additional testing dates so you can take it later. If you have questions in the meantime, please contact us at request@abim.org.

March 23, 2020

Staying on Top of COVID-19

New information is coming in every day about COVID-19, and we know you are following the latest developments in order to best serve your patients during this unprecedented time. We wanted to let you know that ACCME’s CMEfinder.org is a great resource for COVID-19 learning activities – many of which also earn MOC points.

ABIM and ACCME are committed to working with medical specialty societies to ensure their virtual educational offerings that earn CME also count for MOC points. Working together, we believe we can collectively identify ways to provide greater flexibility and options for physicians. We are hopeful this effort will allow you to focus on what’s most important: caring for patients in need.

March 18, 2020

ABIM recently announced that all spring 2020 MOC assessment administrations are cancelled. Pearson VUE – ABIM’s exam delivery provider – has also independently announced that they will close their U.S. and Canada-based Pearson VUE-owned test centers for at least 30 days.

From Pearson VUE:
“Due to increasing concern for the health and safety of our candidates and our employees and in response to government guidance and difficulty procuring the critical hygienic products that keep our test centers safe, we are temporarily closing our U.S.- and Canada-based Pearson VUE-owned test centers starting Tuesday, March 17.”

March 16, 2020

From ABIM President and CEO, Richard J. Baron, MD

All Maintenance of Certification (MOC) exams scheduled for spring 2020 have been cancelled.

ABIM recognizes that, as frontline health care professionals, many board certified internists will experience significant personal and professional stress and disruption during the coming weeks. Your expertise, skill and service are critical to our collective success in dealing with this pandemic, and your safety and wellbeing are ABIM’s primary concern at this time.

In light of this evolving situation, ABIM’s Board of Directors has decided to cancel all spring assessments.

We did not come to this decision lightly, as we know that many of you have likely spent weeks or months preparing. Despite that knowledge, we believe that removing the potential risk and distraction of sitting for a spring assessment is the right thing to do for our ABIM Board Certified Physicians and for the country at this time of great uncertainty for our health care system and the patients we care for.

You will be able to reschedule your exam at no additional cost. Please know that no physician will have their certification status negatively impacted because of this decision. Physicians scheduled to take a spring assessment have been contacted via email alerting them of this change, and we are providing them with individualized guidance on their options moving forward.

Reschedule your exam by signing in to your ABIM Physician Portal. If you need any assistance, please contact us at 1-800-441-ABIM or request@abim.org.

Thank you for your understanding as we continue to assess this situation and do what’s best for the physicians we serve. Please stay safe. Our country needs you.

March 13, 2020

Reassurance for Residents and Fellows

Both ABIM and the American Board of Medical Specialties (ABMS) have notified Program Directors and Designated Institutional Officials (DOIs) that we do not anticipate interruptions of training related to COVID-19 adversely affecting Board Eligibility for the vast majority of otherwise competent residents and fellows. In particular, ABIM’s recently clarified Leave of Absence and Deficits in Required Training Time policies are in full effect and applicable to absences that might occur due to COVID-19. Read the full communication here.

March 10, 2020
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From ABIM President and CEO, Richard J. Baron, MD

Physicians Scheduled for an Upcoming Assessment
We all recognize that this is a challenging time in medicine, and ABIM is prepared to support physicians as you deal through the uncertainty around the spread of COVID-19. This is a rapidly evolving situation, and we know that your personal circumstances may change with little advance notice. For any physician that is unable to take an ABIM assessment due to the spread of COVID-19, please contact us at 1-800-441-ABIM or request@abim.org, and one of our Customer Relationship Advocates will walk you through your options so you can decide what works best for you.

If any assessment dates or locations are changed, ABIM will send you an email as soon as possible, along with guidance on your next steps. Pearson VUE has also provided guidance on their website regarding additional precautionary hygienic measures, including the availability of hand sanitizer and increased cleaning and disinfecting regimens in between all testing appointments.

Most importantly, do not put this exam over your health or potentially putting others at risk. If you are exhibiting symptoms such as a fever and/or respiratory difficulties, reschedule your testing appointment.

More than ever, patients and the public are in need of reliable information they can trust. The expertise and professionalism you demonstrate through your certification helps give patients confidence in the care you provide, and I appreciate all you are doing in and for your communities to help all of us navigate this difficult time.