Maintenance of Certification

AGA's Principles for MOC Reform

  • We support ending the high-stakes, every 10-year exam.
  • We do not support closed-book assessments as they do not represent the current realities of medicine in the digital age.
  • We support the principles of lifelong learning as evidenced by ongoing CME activities, rather than lifelong testing.
  • We support the concept that, for the many diplomates who specialize in certain areas of gastroenterology and hepatology, MOC should not need to include high-stakes assessments of areas where the diplomate may not practice.

AGA Continues to Push ABIM to Reform MOC

AGA continues to work with ABIM and other specialty societies to improve the recertification process. Review the news below to keep abreast of the recent changes.

ABIM Has Changed Its Certification Requirements

MOC Requirements

See the summary of MOC changes listed below. The ABIM website can provide you with more detailed information on the changing requirements and your personalized MOC status report. Log in to ABIM.org to review your MOC status report and see your specific program requirements.

  • Every 10 Years:
    Board Exam

    Every 10 Years: Board Exam

    Pass a secure exam once every 10 years.
    Strategies for exam preparation: acquire a strong base of medical knowledge and practice answering board-style multiple choice questions.

    The option for a 2-year assessment will begin for gastroenterologists in 2019. If you are scheduled to recertify prior to 2019, you must take the 10-year exam.

     

  • Every 5 Years:
    100 MOC Points

    Every 5 Years: 100 MOC Points

    Earn 100 MOC points every five years.

  • Every 2 Years:
    Some MOC Activity

    Every 2 Years: Some MOC Activity

    Complete at least one MOC activity every two years.
    Points earned for this activity count toward the 100 MOC points needed for the five-year requirement. Any certified MOC activity qualifies for this requirement.

 

Meeting MOC Requirements

How you need to meet MOC requirements depends on when your current certification is set to expire.  Read below for what you need to do in order to stay current.

  • Lifetime Certificate
    Grandfathers

    Lifetime Certificate Grandfathers

    The ABIM will honor all certifications already issued, and diplomates who received certifications that are valid indefinitely will remain certified (assuming you hold a current and valid license). Those who are grandfathered will not be required to take the exam to remain certified.

    However, regardless of when you were initially certified, ABIM and ABMS will begin reporting whether or not physicians are “Participating” or “Not Participating in MOC”. In order to remain meeting MOC requirements you must take the following steps:

    1. Sign in to ABIM.org to activate your program
    2. Meet the point requirements of the MOC program
    3. Take and pass the MOC exam in Gastroenterology by Dec. 31, 2023

     

    Grandfathers who miss any of the MOC program requirements will be reported as Certified, Not Meeting MOC Requirements. They will not be reported as Not Certified for failing to meet MOC requirements.

  • Certificate Expires
    2014-2017

    Certificate Expires 2014-2017

    You will continue to be certified for the length of your current certification(s), assuming you hold a current and valid license.

    Log in to ABIM.org and visit your MOC Status Report to learn your specific MOC program requirements.

    1. If you are not enrolled in MOC, log in to ABIM.org and enroll by indicating which certification(s) you choose to maintain.
    2. Meet your existing program requirements by Dec. 31 of your certificate’s expiration year. Note that any points earned prior to 2014 will only count toward the 100 points you need to maintain your certification(s) and will not count toward the new Meeting MOC Requirements reporting.
    3. Any MOC activity you complete in 2014 and after will count toward your certification(s) expiring in 2014 AND toward Meeting MOC Requirements.

     

    If all your program requirements are met, upon expiration of each time-limited certification you are maintaining you will receive a new certificate, the ongoing validity of which is contingent upon Meeting MOC Requirements.

  • Certificate Expires
    2018 or Beyond

    Certificate Expires 2018 or Beyond

    You will continue to be certified for the length of your current certification(s), assuming you hold a current and valid license.

    Log in to ABIM.org and visit your MOC Status Report in early 2014 to learn your specific MOC program requirements.

    To meet MOC Requirements you will need to:

    1. Enroll in MOC if you have not already done so. Log in to ABIM.org and enroll by indicating which certification(s) you choose to maintain.
    2. Earn points during the two- and five-year milestone cycles, beginning in 2014. Unfortunately, any points you earned prior to Jan. 1, 2014 will not count toward maintaining certifications.
    3. Pass a secure exam every 10 years.

     

    If you do not meet the 100-point requirement by Dec. 31, 2018, but still have time left on your certificate, you will be reported as “Certified, Not Participating in MOC”.