Our records indicate that you earned your ABIM certification prior to 1990 and therefore hold a time-unlimited certificate that does not expire. Internists in this position are sometimes referred to as “grandfathered” because you have not been required to recertify with the ABIM every 10 years.
I am writing to you now to make sure you are aware of new ABIM requirements regarding Maintenance of Certification which may affect you.
While the ABIM is communicating to ABIM-certified internists about their program changes, ACP has learned that the ABIM may not have current contact information for physicians with time-unlimited certification. Therefore, ACP wants to make sure you and other ACP members in your position know what the changes are.
ABIM Maintenance of Certification Changes:
- Diplomates who received certifications that are valid indefinitely will remain certified (assuming you hold a current and valid license).
- However, as of March 31, 2014, ABIM will begin reporting whether or not board-certified internists (including those with time-unlimited certification) are “Meeting MOC Requirements.” In order to be reported as Meeting MOC Requirements you must:1. Enroll in the ABIM MOC program by March 31, 2014 and pay an annual or 10-year fee to the ABIM. Contact the ABIM at MOC2014.abim.org or by phone at1-800-441-ABIM.
2. Begin earning MOC points, with 2-year and 5-year milestones for points earned. There are many options for earning these points, including a number related to ACP educational activities. Learn more on the ACP website or theABIM website
3. Pass the MOC exam in your certification area by December 31, 2023. This is in addition to continuing to meet the point requirements of the MOC program (including the two- and five-year milestones).
- If you do not complete the ABIM MOC program requirements, you will be reported as “Certified, not Meeting MOC Requirements.” You will NOT be reported as “Not Certified” for failing to meet MOC requirements.
What is ACP’s role vs. that of the ABIM?
ABIM is an independent organization and its certification programs adhere to common standards established by the American Board of Medical Specialties. ACP maintains a collaborative, collegial relationship with ABIM for the good of our members, and meets regularly with ABIM staff and governance leaders. However, ACP does not review, edit, comment or vote on certification or MOC requirements promulgated by the ABIM. Given our commitment to lifelong learning and high quality care, ACP strives to ensure that ACP members understand the requirements of Maintenance of Certification and have access to effective education to help them with certification and MOC requirements.
I hope you have found this information helpful, and I encourage you to contact the ABIM if you have not already received correspondence from them. You can contact the ABIM at MOC2014.abim.org or by phone at 1-800-441-ABIM.
Patrick Alguire, MD, FACP
Senior Vice President, Medical Education