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November 30, 2016
Continuing to Work for You in Improving ABIMís MOC Program

The American Board of Internal Medicine (ABIM) is currently re-evaluating and rebuilding its maintenance of certification (MOC) program as part of its Transforming ABIM initiative. IDSA, along with other internal medicine subspecialty societies, has been actively providing feedback and input to the ABIM in an effort to make the MOC process as formative and unobtrusive as possible. Some of the key points from the 2016 IDSA Position Paper on MOC include:

  • Support for the objective of lifelong learning for physicians in order to effect improvement in knowledge and practice competence
  • Support and suggestions for ABIM’s efforts to improve the periodic specialty and subspecialty knowledge assessments to make them less burdensome and more formative and relevant to practice
  • That the goal of MOC should be to provide updated information in the science and practice of medicine and fill physician knowledge gaps using methodology beyond “high stakes” examination
  • That there should be no practice assessment, patient safety, or “patient voice” component of MOC

Christopher Ohl, MD, chair of IDSA’s Education Committee talks through IDSA’s objectives in this two-minute video.

IDSA offers several ways for members to earn ABIM MOC points:

  • IDWeek 2016 attendees can earn MOC point credit equal to CME credit for 13 separate 2016 IDWeek Sessions (December 2 deadline).
  • IDSA offers Knowledge Modules in general and specific infectious diseases topics (
  • IDWeek 2017 will include additional opportunities to earn MOC points.

IDSA will continue to be involved and partner with other subspecialty societies to examine alternatives to the current MOC process. We will keep members apprised of any further changes or updates. Once ABIM officially announces changes to the program, Dr. Ohl will host an “Ask Me Anything (AMA)” session on the member-only online community, MyIDSA. During this session, Dr. Ohl and other IDSA volunteers will answer questions members may have about the changes. Stay tuned for more details on the timing of this session.

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