Changes to ABIM’s MOC

The American Board of Internal Medicine (ABIM) has implemented extensive changes to its Maintenance of Certification (MOC) program. In addition to reporting on board certification, ABIM is now publicly reporting on whether you are continuously “Meeting MOC Requirements.” The American College of Gastroenterology (ACG) wants to do everything we can to make ABIM’s MOC process simple for you to navigate. We invite you to use the College’s resources to make ABIM’s MOC process as easy as possible for you to fulfill.

The College recognizes that ABIM’s MOC program represents a significant change for our members. Gastroenterologists who desire to remain listed as “Meeting MOC Requirements” must operate within the bounds of the MOC program as specified by ABIM.

The new MOC requirements apply to ALL certified physicians, including those who hold time-unlimited certifications (“grandfathers/grandmothers”).

If you were board certified before 1990 (“grandfathers/grandmothers”): Your initial certification is valid indefinitely. However, you will need to enroll in ABIM’s MOC program (ABIM.org) to be reported as “Meeting MOC Requirements.” In addition, you will need to complete at least one MOC-approved activity by December 31, 2015. If you choose not to enroll or miss any MOC requirements, you will be reported by ABIM as “Certified, Not Meeting MOC Requirements.”

If you were board certified after 1990 and are currently enrolled in ABIM’s MOC program: You will continue to be reported as board certified until your current certification expires. To be reported as “Meeting MOC Requirements,” you will need to log into ABIM.org and indicate which certifications(s) you choose to maintain. You also will need to complete at least one MOC-approved activity by December 31, 2015. If you choose not to log in or miss any MOC requirements, you will be reported as “Certified, Not Meeting MOC Requirements.”

If you were board certified after 1990 and are NOT enrolled in ABIM’s MOC program: You will continue to be reported as board certified until your current certification expires. To be reported as “Meeting MOC Requirements,” you will need to log into ABIM.org and enroll by indicating which certifications(s) you choose to maintain. You also will need to complete at least one MOC-approved activity by December 31, 2015. If you choose not to enroll or miss any MOC requirements, you will be reported as “Certified, Not Meeting MOC Requirements.”

If you are newly certified (2014 and after): The validity of your certification is contingent upon whether or not you are meeting MOC requirements at the 2, 5, and 10 year milestones. You must participate in MOC to remain board certified.

To start, activate or enroll in ABIM’s MOC program at ABIM.org

MOC Changes

ABIM now lists you as:

  • Certified, Meeting MOC Requirements, or
  • Certified, Not Meeting MOC Requirements, or
  • Not Certified

As of January 2014, MOC now means you need to:

  1. Schedule, complete and pass the GI MOC exam within 10 years of the year you last passed the exam. ABIM recognizes exam preparation by awarding 20 MOC points for the first time you take a MOC exam within every 10-year period.
  2. Complete a MOC activity EVERY 2 years.
  3. Earn a total of 100 points EVERY 5 years:
    1. Earn a minimum of 20 points in medical knowledge, and
    2. Earn a minimum of 20 points in practice assessment;
    3. Earn the remaining 60 points (elective).
  4. Fulfill the Patient Survey requirement every 5 years (ABIM Practice Improvement Modules® [PIMs] that include a patient survey will count toward this requirement).
  5. Fulfill a Patient Safety requirement every 5 years
  6. Be licensed and in good standing

Meeting MOC Requirements means you engage in MOC-approved self-assessment activities on an ongoing basis, and specifically meet 2, 5, and 10 year milestone requirements.

Key MOC Milestones

If you haven’t already, ACTIVATE your ABIM account at ABIM.org. If you have a question about how to enroll or verify that you are enrolled, call ABIM at 1-800-441-ABIM.

By Dec 31, 2015 – and EVERY 2 years after, complete at least 1 MOC activity

By Dec 31, 2018 – and EVERY 5 years after, earn a total of 100 points with at least 20 points in medical knowledge, and 20 points in practice assessment. And, meet the Patient Survey and Patient Safety requirements.

How ACG Can Help You Fulfill MOC Today

» Go online, complete and pass one of ACG’s ABIM-approved SAP-MOC programs and earn 20 and/or 10 MOC points in medical knowledge.

AND, both the 2013 and 2014 20-point SAP-MOCs are approved to fulfill ABIM’s Patient Safety requirement:

  • Learners get "2 for 1"
  • Knock out your Patient Safety requirement for the next 5 years and…
  • Earn 20 MOC knowledge points (both of which occur when you complete either module with a passing score).

» Practice Assessment Requirement: Quality assessment of your practice and use data to improve care

You will need at least 20 points in this category.

ACG’s GIQuIC Registry Colonoscopy and EGD measure sets were added to the ABIM Measures Library, and are available for use by Diplomates to fulfill the practice assessment (Part 4 “PIMs”) component of MOC.

Click here for more information on ABIM’s Practice Assessment.

» Go online and practice (no MOC points) your test-taking skills with over 900 questions:

ACG’s Online Self Assessment Tests (SAT)

  • 2014 Self-Assessment Test (315 practice questions)
  • 2013 Self-Assessment Test (300 practice questions)
  • 2012 Self-Assessment Test (300 practice questions)

Stay tuned…

ACG is committed to providing what you need to successfully fulfill MOC. More resources are in development.