Changes to ABIM’s MOC

Attention: ABIM has extended deadline to enroll in MOC until April 30th, with the MOC status change happening on May 1st.

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”).

If you were board certified before 1990 (“grandfathers”): Your initial certification is valid indefinitely. However, you will need to enroll in ABIM’s MOC program (ABIM.org) by March 31, 2014 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 by March 31, 2014 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 by March 31, 2014 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 two, five and 10 year milestones. You must participate in MOC to remain board certified.

Activate or enroll in ABIM’s MOC program (ABIM.org) by March 31, 2014

MOC Changes

ABIM now lists you as:

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

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 TWO years.
  3. Earn a total of 100 points EVERY FIVE 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 two, five and 10 year milestone requirements. The bottom line on the change in MOC means that ABIM recognition of certification is transitioning:

» … from assessing knowledge and performance once every 10 years (OLD)
» TO continuously assessing knowledge and performance on an ongoing basis (NEW)

Key MOC Dates

By March 31, 2014 – ACTIVATE your ABIM account! [DO THIS TODAY!] Log into your ABIM account at ABIM.org (or enroll if you haven’t already).

By Dec 31, 2015 – and every TWO years after, complete at least ONE MOC activity

By Dec 31, 2018 – and every FIVE 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

» Attend one of ACG’s live Self-Assessment courses for Maintenance of Certification (SAP-MOC) and earn MOC points in medical knowledge:

  • ACG Self-Assessment Program for Maintenance of Certification—10-point module (2014)
    • 10 medical knowledge points
    • Friday, June 6, 2014
    • 5:00 pm – 7:30 pm
    • Held in conjunction with the ACG Eastern Regional Postgraduate Course, June 7-8, 2014, at the Washington Marriott Marquis in Washington, DC.
  • ACG Self-Assessment Program for Maintenance of Certification—7th edition (2014) (ABIM review and approval pending)
    • 20 medical knowledge points
    • Friday evening, October 17, 2014
    • Held in conjunction with ACG 2014, October 17-22, 2014 at the Pennsylvania Convention Center in Philadelphia, PA. 

» 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

  • ACG’s Self-Assessment Program for Maintenance of Certification—10 pt module (2014)
  • ACG’s Self-Assessment Program for Maintenance of Certification-6th / 20 pts (2013)
  • ACG’s Self-Assessment Program for Maintenance of Certification—5th / 20 pts (2012)
  • ACG’s Self-Assessment Program for Maintenance of Certification—4th / 20 pts (2011)

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

   ACG’s Online Self Assessment Tests (SAT)

  • 2013 Self-Assessment Test (300 practice questions)
  • 2012 Self-Assessment Test (300 practice questions)
  • 2011 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.