ABIM MOC Knowledge Check-In Exam Information

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What is the difference between the new ABIM Knowledge Check-In & the traditional ABIM MOC exam?


ABIM is now offering a new two-year assessment option to provide physicians more choice, relevance and convenience in meeting the assessment requirement of the Maintenance of Certification (MOC) program.

This assessment option, called a Knowledge Check-In, is available for Internal Medicine and Nephrology in 2018. The Knowledge Check-In will become available to other specialties in 2019 and 2020 as an additional option, along with the traditional 10-year MOC exam.

You can try the Knowledge Check-In if:

  • it is offered in your specialty,
  • you are currently certified by ABIM, and
  • you are not in an MOC exam grace period.

Use the information and tools @ ABIM’s MOC website to understand more about the new assessment option and to decide whether it will be right for you.

What’s the difference?

The most obvious difference is that the two-year ABIM Knowledge Check-In can be taken in the comfort of your home or workplace. Secondly, it will be a much shorter experience. You do not need to be successful on every Knowledge Check-In to maintain certification (as long as you complete other program requirements).

You will also receive performance results much quicker and more detailed feedback about your performance will follow.

ABIM knowledge check-in information
  1. IM and Nephrology only available in 2018 with more specialties to roll out in 2019 and 2020. View our rollout schedule below under “When is the Knowledge Check-In available in my specialty?”.
  2. In Spring 2018, IM and Nephrology exams will be part open book/part closed book, while other specialties will be entirely closed book
  3. In Fall 2018, IM and Nephrology exams will be entirely open book while other specialties will be part open book/part closed book
  4. Initially, the Knowledge Check-in will contain questions covering the breadth of the discipline; however, ABIM is continuing to explore focusing assessments on a subset of knowledge relevant to specific practice types

Will the ABIM Knowledge Check-In cover the breadth of my discipline or be more targeted?

Initially, the ABIM Knowledge Check-In will cover the breadth of your discipline but ABIM is continuing to explore how we might be able to move to assessing a subset of knowledge relevant to practice in the future, since many physicians requested this.

Most ABIM board reviews will be applicable to studying for Knowledge Check-Ins.  Most top-quality board review products, especially those accredited for ABIM MOC Points such as Med-Challenger IM, are arranged by chapter (subspecialty categories) and are useful in ABIM MOC 2-year exam preparation.

What does “no consequences” mean for the Knowledge Check-In?

  • If a physician is successful on the ABIM Knowledge Check-In in 2018, it will count as a pass. If a physician is not successful and their exam was due in 2018 or 2019, they will have another opportunity to take it again in 2020 without a change to their certification status.
  • This doesn’t mean physicians can skip the assessment. If a physician skips it, and their certification expires in 2018, their status will change to Not Certified.
  • In addition to meeting other certification requirements, physicians with certifications expiring in 2018 will need to take the Knowledge Check-In or pass the traditional MOC exam or they will no longer be certified.

If I choose the ABIM Knowledge Check-In, will I still have to take the traditional MOC exam?

If you do well on the ABIM Knowledge Check-Ins, you won’t need to take the traditional MOC exam to remain certified.

See ABIM’s MOC website for more information.

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