Meetings & Learning

Maintenance of Certification
(MOC)

AGA will continue to push for an MOC process that is truly educational and relates to our personal subspecialty practice.

The latest MOC development

Any physician who is currently certified and has a Maintenance of Certification (MOC) requirement due in 2020 will now have until the end of 2021 to complete it. Physicians currently in their grace year will also be afforded an additional grace year in 2021.

We want to provide you with an update on our work regarding the continuing concerns related to Maintenance of Certification

AGA's principles for MOC reform

  • We support ending the high-stakes, every 10-year exam.
  • We do not support closed-book assessments as they do not represent the current realities of medicine in the digital age.
  • We support the principles of lifelong learning as evidenced by ongoing CME activities, rather than lifelong testing.
  • We support the concept that, for the many diplomates who specialize in certain areas of gastroenterology and hepatology, MOC should not need to include high-stakes assessments of areas where the diplomate may not practice.

MOC Requirements

See the summary of MOC changes listed below. The ABIM website can provide you with more detailed information on the changing requirements and your personalized MOC status report. Log in to ABIM.org to review your MOC status report and see your specific program requirements.
PASS A SECURE BOARD EXAM ONCE EVERY 10 YEARS

Strategies for exam preparation: acquire a strong base of medical knowledge and practice answering board-style multiple choice questions.

The option for a 2-year assessment, the Knowledge Check-In (KCI), begins this year.  If you opt into the KCI, you do not have to take the 10 year long-form exam. Learn more about the KCI on our MOC FAQ page.

COMPLETE AT LEAST ONE MOC ACTIVITY EVERY TWO YEARS

Points earned for this activity count toward the 100 MOC points needed for the five-year requirement. Any certified MOC activity qualifies for this requirement.

2 YEAR KNOWLEDGE CHECK-IN (KCI)

Beginning in 2019, gastroenterologists have the option to enter into a 2-year testing scenario in place of the traditional 10 year long-form exam. The GI KCI is available in March 2019 (registration closed) and on Sept. 4 or 12, 2019. Registration for the September KCI is open until July 15.

If your recertification expires in 2020, you must take the KCI in 2019 or the 10-year long-form exam in 2020. The gastroenterology KCI is only offered in odd numbered years.

Meeting MOC Requirements

How you need to meet MOC requirements depends on when your current certification is set to expire. Read below for what you need to do in order to stay current.

ABIM will honor all certifications already issued, and diplomates who received certifications that are valid indefinitely will remain certified (assuming you hold a current and valid license). Those who are grandfathered will not be required to take the exam to remain certified.

However, regardless of when you were initially certified, ABIM and ABMS will begin reporting whether or not physicians are “Participating” or “Not Participating in MOC”. In order to remain meeting MOC requirements you must take the following steps:

  • 1. Sign in to ABIM.org to activate your program.
  • 2. Meet the point requirements of the MOC program.
  • 3. Take and pass the MOC exam in Gastroenterology by Dec. 31, 2023.

Grandfathers who miss any of the MOC program requirements will be reported as Certified, Not Meeting MOC Requirements. They will not be reported as Not Certified for failing to meet MOC requirements.

You will continue to be certified for the length of your current certification(s), assuming you hold a current and valid license.

Log in to ABIM.org and visit your MOC Status Report to learn your specific MOC program requirements.

To meet MOC Requirements you will need to:

  • 1. Enroll in MOC if you have not already done so. Log in to ABIM.org and enroll by indicating which certification(s) you choose to maintain.
  • 2. Earn points during the two- and five-year milestone cycles, beginning in 2014. Unfortunately, any points you earned prior to Jan. 1, 2014, will not count toward maintaining certifications.
  • 3. Pass a secure exam every 10 years.