ABMS Comments on ABIM’s MOC Announcement
On February 3, the American Board of Internal Medicine (ABIM), an ABMS Member Board, announced a significant review of its Program for Maintenance of Certification (MOC).
ABMS Member Boards’ MOC Programs serve the public’s health and are an important part of professional self-regulation that provides a discipline-specific framework for continuing professional development and learning in support of ABMS Board Certification.
ABMS supports ABIM in its efforts to make its MOC Program more meaningful for its physicians while maintaining the high level of quality envisioned by the 2015 Standards for the ABMS Program for MOC (ABMS MOC®). An important goal of the standards is to provide physicians a relevant, user-friendly, and meaningful MOC process as those ABMS Member Board-certified physicians care for their patients, families, and communities. ABIM’s acknowledgement that its MOC Program could improve clearly demonstrates that ABIM is listening to the internal medicine community and is serious about making changes as part of its own continuous quality improvement process.
All ABMS Member Boards share a focus on helping to ensure that patients receive the high quality medical care that they have come to expect from Board Certified physicians.