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Understanding MOC

Maintenance of Certification (MOC) requirements were developed by the American Board of Medical Specialties (ABMS) and implemented by all ABMS member boards, including the American Board of Internal Medicine (ABIM). The ABIM Maintenance of Certification program promotes continuous learning and the enhancement of the clinical judgment and skills essential for high quality patient care.

AASLD is committed to helping hepatologists through the controversial MOC process while at the same time advocating for reform.

AASLD's MOC Committee is spearheading AASLD's efforts in 3 target areas.

  • Providing MOC products
  • Advocating for MOC reform
  • Keeping AASLD members up-to-date

Call AASLD with questions at 703-299-9766 or email education@aasld.org.

To contact ABIM directly, call 800-441-2246 or email request@ABIM.org.

AASLD’s MOC Advocacy Efforts

AASLD’s Principles for MOC Reform

It is these five MOC Principles, developed in collaboration with our sister societies – ACG, AGA, ASGE, ANMS and NASPGHAN in 2015 – that continue to drive and focus our MOC reform efforts.

  • MOC needs to be simpler, less intrusive and less expensive.
  • 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.

AASLD continues to work with ABIM and other internal medicine specialty societies to reform the MOC process.

Current MOC Requirements

ABIM MOC Requirements

Part I Licensure and Professional Standing: Possess a valid, unrestricted license

Part II Lifelong Learning and Self-Assessment

  • Every 2 years: Complete at least one MOC activity (any number of points)
  • Every 5 years: Earn 100 points, 20 of which must be Medical Knowledge
  • Points earned every 2 years count toward the 5-year requirement
  • Points can include Practice Assessment, Patient Voice or Patient Survey activities, but these are not currently required

Part III Cognitive Expertise: Pass a certification exam every 10 years in each specialty certification you wish to maintain

  • You are not required to maintain Internal Medicine certification to remain certified in Gastroenterology or Transplant Hepatology, or to maintain Gastroenterology certification to remain certified in Transplant Hepatology
  • ABIM’s new 2-year “knowledge check-in” will not be available to GI diplomates until 2019 and to Transplant Hepatology diplomates until 2020. Check back here for more details in the future.

Part IV Practice Performance Improvement: This requirement (including Patient Voice and Patient Safety requirements) is currently suspended through 12/31/2018. 

  • While not required, you can still earn MOC points through these activities

To enroll in MOC or for information about your personal MOC status, sign in to your myMOCStatus page. This will tell you your certification status and exactly what you need to do and when for each of your certifications.

MOC Activities and Resources

Earn Medical Knowledge MOC Points Through AASLD

AASLD’s activities are designed by hepatologists for hepatologists with the goal of providing educational opportunities to earn MOC points while reflecting a hepatologist’s scope of work. We have made a commitment to provide hepatologists with resources and tools needed to navigate the process and earn MOC points. The cost of most activities is included with AASLD membership and/or meeting/course registration.

MOC opportunities available through AASLD’s online eLearning portal LiverLearning®.

Visit LiverLearning’s “Continuing Education” tab for the most up-to-date selection. The variety of activities available include:

  • Live meetings and courses that have been recorded and turned into enduring activities like the Postgraduate Course and Transplant Hepatology Review Course
  • Modules developed solely for online use like the Fundamentals of Liver Disease (FOLD) programs.

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MOC opportunities through AASLD’s Live Meetings

Earn Medical Knowledge MOC Points Through ABIM

Visit ABIM’s website for available MOC activities that are included in your annual MOC fee. ABIM is phasing out their Medical Knowledge Modules after 2018. The last Update in Transplant Hepatology is currently available through June 30, 2018, which is worth 10 MOC Medical Knowledge points. MOC activities can be in any specialty, not necessarily the certification you wish to maintain.

Credit for taking a certification exam

Earn 20 MOC points per specialty for first attempt, regardless of whether you pass.

Credit for being in fellowship

Fellows in accredited programs earn 20 MOC points and a 1-year fee waiver upon completion of each eligible fellowship year.

If you have multiple certifications

MOC points earned count toward all your certifications.

MOC FAQs

Do I need to maintain certification in GI to remain certified in Transplant Hepatology?

  • No, you are not required to maintain Internal Medicine certification to remain certified in Gastroenterology or Transplant Hepatology, or to maintain Gastroenterology certification to remain certified in Transplant Hepatology.

I’m enrolled in MOC and “Participating in MOC.” What next?

  • Login to ABIM.org and choose the Maintaining Certification (MOC) tab to enroll in MOC
  • Once enrolled, view your MOC status report: This will tell you your certification status and exactly what you need to do and when for each of your certifications.
    • Earn MOC points by completing MOC activities every two years.
    • Earn 100 points every five years with at least 20 points in medical knowledge.
    • Points earned every two years will count toward your five-year requirement and toward your milestones for all certifications you choose to maintain.
    • MOC points earned are credited toward all certifications maintained.
    • Taking your MOC exam in your specialty every 10 years earns 20 MOC points (even if you don’t pass the first time).

How much does MOC cost?

What MOC products are available from AASLD?

  • See Earn Medical Knowledge MOC Points Through AASLD in the "MOC Activities and Resources" section.

What products are available from ABIM?

  • See Earn Medical Knowledge MOC Points Through ABIM in the "MOC Activities and Resources" section.

I’m a fellow – do I need to enroll in MOC?

  • Yes, fellows must enroll in MOC to be certified. You can earn MOC credit for being enrolled in fellowship and earn fee waivers.

Where can I find more information?