Maintenance of Certification (MOC) requirements were developed by the American Board of Medical Specialties (ABMS) and implemented by all ABMS member boards, including the American Board of Internal Medicine (ABIM). The ABIM Maintenance of Certification program promotes continuous learning and the enhancement of the clinical judgment and skills essential for high quality patient care.
AASLD is committed to helping hepatologists through the controversial recertification process while at the same time advocating for reform.
AASLD's new MOC Committee is spearheading AASLD's efforts in 3 target areas.
Call AASLD with questions at 703-740-9766 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
To contact ABIM directly, call 800-441-2246 or email request@ABIM.org.
March 29, 2017
ABIM released new information about its alternative assessment pathway, which provides a shorter assessment every two years instead of the current 10-year secure exam. For full details including a video explanation, visit Transforming ABIM Blog - Spring 2017 Update.
Here are a few important points.
It is these five MOC Principles, developed in collaboration with our sister societies – ACG, AGA, ASGE, ANMS and NASPGHAN in 2015 – that continue to drive and focus our MOC reform efforts.
The AASLD continues to work with ABIM and other internal medicine specialty societies to reform the MOC process. Here is a summary of our recent efforts.
Part I Licensure and Professional Standing: Possess a valid, unrestricted license
Part II Lifelong Learning and Self Assessment
Part III Cognitive Expertise: Pass a certification exam every 10 years in each specialty certification you wish to maintain
Part IV Practice Performance Improvement: This requirement (including Patient Voice and Patient Safety requirements) is currently suspended through at least 12/31/2018 and not likely to be reinstated
The ABIM changed its requirements for Maintenance of Certification in January 2014, and announced further changes in February 2015. For more information on these changes, visit the ABIM's FAQ page.
To enroll in MOC or for information about your personal MOC status, sign in to your ABIM Physician Login. This will tell you your certification status and exactly what you need to do and when for each of your certifications.
The AASLD’s activities were designed by hepatologists for hepatologists with the goal of providing educational opportunities to earn MOC points while reflecting a hepatologist’s scope of work. We have made a commitment to provide hepatologists with resources and tools needed to navigate the process and earn MOC points.
MOC opportunities available through AASLD’s online eLearning portal LiverLearning®.
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MOC opportunities through AASLD’s Live Meetings
Visit ABIM.org for a list of available MOC activities that are included in your annual MOC fee. For example, ABIM offers an annual Update in Transplant Hepatology or Update in Gastroenterology for 10 points each (30 multiple-choice, open-book questions). MOC activities can be in any specialty, not necessarily the certification you wish to maintain.
Credit for taking a certification exam
Earn 20 MOC points per specialty for first attempt, regardless of whether you pass.
Credit for being in fellowship
Fellows in accredited programs earn 20 MOC points and a 1-year fee waiver upon completion of each eligible fellowship year.
If you have multiple certifications
MOC points earned count toward all your certifications.
Do I need to maintain certification in GI to remain certified in Transplant Hepatology?
No, you are not required to maintain Internal Medicine certification to remain certified in Gastroenterology or Transplant Hepatology, or to maintain Gastroenterology certification to remain certified in Transplant Hepatology.
I’m enrolled in MOC and “Participating in MOC.” What next?
How much does MOC cost?
What MOC products are available from AASLD?
See Earn Medical Knowledge MOC Points Through AASLD in the "MOC Activities and Resources" section.
What products are available from ABIM?
See Earn Medical Knowledge MOC Points Through ABIM in the "MOC Activities and Resources" section.
I’m a fellow – do I need to enroll in MOC?
Yes, fellows must enroll in MOC to be certified. You can earn MOC credit for being enrolled in fellowship and earn fee waivers.
Where can I find more information?
For additional information, refer to ABIM’s MOC FAQ page.