Meetings & Learning

Maintenance of Certification
(MOC)

AGA has been actively working to reform MOC into a process that is truly educational and relates to our personal subspecialty practice.

The latest MOC development

AGA's principles for MOC reform

  1. We support ending the high-stakes, every 10-year exam.
  2. We do not support closed-book assessments as they do not represent the current realities of medicine in the digital age.
  3. We support the principles of lifelong learning as evidenced by ongoing CME activities, rather than lifelong testing.
  4. 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.
  5. We support the principles of lifelong learning, as evidenced by ongoing CME activities, rather than lifelong testing.

AGA's principles for MOC reform

1. We support ending the high-stakes, every 10-year exam.

2. We do not support closed-book assessments as they do not represent the current realities of medicine in the digital age.

3. We support the principles of lifelong learning as evidenced by ongoing CME activities, rather than lifelong testing.

4. 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.

5. We support the principles of lifelong learning, as evidenced by ongoing CME activities, rather than lifelong testing.

How to maintain your board certification

The ABIM website can provide you with more detailed information on the changing requirements and your personalized MOC status report.

1. Earn points every 2 years

To be reported as participating in MOC, earn points every two years by completing any certified MOC activity. Points earned will count towards your 100 MOC points requirement.

2. Earn 100 MOC points every 5 years

Attend an in-person/virtual event, or take advantage of the numerous MOC activities available in AGA University. New MOC activities are added on a continuous basis spanning digestive disease topics and unique learning formats.

3. Pass an assessment

You now have two assessment options:

  1. Traditional, 10-year MOC exam
  2. Longitudinal Knowledge Assessment (new in 2022)

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”. Physicians who earned their certificate prior to 1990 can use the Longitudinal Knowledge Assessment to help them meet their MOC Participation Requirement.