ASGE’s Guide to Maintenance of Certification (MOC)
ASGE resources for earning MOC points
|GESAP VIII - Online Self-Assessment Program
Get the next level of endoscopy self-assessment, plus earn up to 113 MOC points with ASGE's comprehensive endoscopy self-assessment tool.
ASGE STAR Certificate Programs
Through ASGE’s proficiency-based training and assessment program, the ASGE STAR Certificate Program prepares endoscopists to overcome challenges, gain confidence and demonstrate your qualifications, proficiency and “readiness” to perform advanced techniques to medical colleagues. These programs will be held at the ASGE IT&T in Downers Grove, IL.
Upper GI EMR and Lower GI EMR – 20 MOC Points Each!
Barrett’s Endotherapy – 20 MOC Points!
- Lower GI EMR: February 27-28, 2016
- Upper GI EMR: November 12-13, 2016
ASGE Live MOC Courses
Attend live endoscopy courses that also offer MOC Points.
What is MOC?
- 4-part process designed to engage physicians in continuous, lifelong learning (*required for all physicians initially certified after 1990)
- MOC promotes lifelong learning and the enhancement of the clinical judgment and skills essential for high quality patient care
- ABIM reports if physicians are "Meeting MOC Requirements"
On February 3, 2015 the American Board of Internal Medicine (ABIM) sent communications to all of its diplomates and collaborating medical specialty societies issuing an apology for problems with its Maintenance of Certification (MOC) program. This came in response to the months of frustration following the roll-out of the new MOC program in January 2014. In addition to the apology, the ABIM has made some immediate changes to the program and is promising continued reform based on feedback it is receiving from diplomates and societies. But of course along with these changes and promises for the future, has come even more confusion. So here we will try to clarify what has changed and what hasn’t.
- Effective immediately, the requirement for Practice Assessment (Part IV) has been suspended for at least two years. This means that no diplomate will have his or her status changed for not having completed these activities for the next two years. Diplomates who are currently not certified because they hadn’t completed this component will be issued a new certificate this year if they satisfied all other requirements.
- Effective immediately, the “Patient Safety” and “Patient Voice” requirements are also suspended for at least two years.
- Within the next six months, the web reporting language will state “participating in MOC” instead of “meeting MOC requirements.”
- By fall 2015, the Internal Medicine MOC exam is being updated to be more reflective of what physicians in practice are doing. The blueprint for the exam will be available shortly after the spring 2015 exam administration. Other ABIM subspecialty exams will be updated starting in 2016.
What didn’t change?
- To be considered “Participating in MOC” physicians must still complete 100 MOC points from ABIM approved Part II activities every five years, with at least one MOC activity completed every two years. Although the ABIM will be recognizing more ACCME CME activities for MOC points, diplomates must still participate in MOC approved activities, not just CME certified activities.
- MOC-enrollment fees will remain at or below the 2014 levels through at least 2017.
- Although the original email said “internists,” internists is referring to all of the subspecialists that fall under internal medicine such as: cardiology, pulmonology, gastroenterology, rheumatology, and endocrinology, to name a few.
Since the ABIM are making these changes in real time, we encourage you to continually check the ABIM’s website for the most up-to-date information; www.abim.org.
How do you know if you are enrolled?
To find out whether you are enrolled in MOC, log in to www.ABIM.org. If you are not enrolled, the website will prompt you to enroll after you log on. If you are enrolled, your enrollment status will be listed on your home page under the MOC section.