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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.

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.