ABIM Blog (12/21/20)
The American Board of Internal Medicine's (ABIM) fall 2020 Internal Medicine Board meeting reviewed various topics, such as key policy decisions to offer clinicians more maintenance of certification (MOS) flexibility, including a provision to retain certification if they cannot complete a MOS requirement this year. ABIM President and CEO Richard J. Baron, MD, highlighted ABIM and the ABIM Foundation's efforts to address health disparities in minority communities during the COVID-19 pandemic, including their Statement on Racial Justice and a grant program to foster trust and equity in internal medicine training. Also covered at the meeting was how ABIM Governance and staff leaders are rethinking the MOC point system. Diplomates currently must earn 100 MOC points every five years to maintain certification, and earn any number of points every two years to be listed as "participating in MOC." This dovetails with the American Board of Medical Specialties' MOC requirements for lifelong learning and self-assessment, and is independent from any continuing medical education (CME) mandates for state licensure, even though CME activities are increasingly valid for CME and MOC.