The American Board of Internal Medicine (ABIM) recently announced it would be changing its Maintenance of Certification (MOC) standards to include a new longitudinal assessment option.1

Under the current MOC standards, hematologists must complete certain exams and activities every 2 to 10 years. However, there is no substantial evidence to suggest that completing these exams translates to clinical benefit.2

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The alternative assessment method is a “self-paced pathway for physicians to acquire and demonstrate ongoing knowledge,” ABIM stated.1 It involves shorter exams administered with higher frequency. Furthermore, physicians will receive immediate feedback when completing educational activities, and links to further educational resources will be provided.

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The American Society of Hematology (ASH) endorsed this change in approach. “MOC can take many forms. This new direction for MOC is a welcome change because it will better align with the needs of hematologists,” stated Roy Silverstein, MD, of the Medical College of Wisconsin and president of ASH. “We are thrilled to see this long-overdue reform being made.”2

ABIM will continue to offer the current MOC program for physicians who prefer “a point-in-time exam taken less frequently.”1

The new longitudinal assessment program is still in development. ABIM invites physicians to share suggestions and questions using this form.


1.     American Board of Internal Medicine. ABIM to develop longitudinal assessment option. Published August 20, 2019. Accessed August 21, 2019.

2.     ASH applauds ABIM announcement on Maintenance of Certification reform [press release]. Washington, DC: American Society of Hematology; August 21, 2019.