A Vision for Certification in Internal Medicine in 2020 (pdf), the final report of the Assessment 2020 Task Force, issued September 16, 2015, envisions a variety of potential directions for the future of assessments in the American Board of Internal Medicine’s (ABIM) Certification and Maintenance of Certification (MOC) programs.

The report has been informing ongoing redesign of ABIM’s MOC program, which is guided by and responsive to the needs of patients and the public, and will create a more meaningful MOC program ensuring that assessments are more reflective of what physicians are doing in practice.

Key recommendations from the report include:

  • Exploring alternatives to the current every-10-year MOC assessment.
  • Focusing assessments on cognitive and technical skills.
  • Recognizing specialization.

In collaboration with the internal medicine community, ABIM is exploring the recommendations through a subcommittee consisting of members of both the ABIM Council and Board of Directors.

Learn more about:

How this report is focusing the discussion regarding MOC changes.
ABIM’s plan to offer a new assessment option in January 2018.

ABIM has been seeking feedback on the recommendations from physicians, medical societies and consumer groups through surveys, focus groups, discovery sessions and one-on-one conversations.

We continue to welcome comments via e-mail at assessment2020@abim.org.