The American Board of Internal Medicine (ABIM) recently confirmed in its summer 2020 quarterly newsletter that it will launch the new longitudinal assessment for maintenance of certification (MOC) in sleep medicine in 2022.

Longitudinal MOC Assessment

According to ABIM, the new longitudinal pathway will provide greater flexibility and convenience, allowing you to maintain certification at your own pace. Over the course of five years, you will be offered 600 questions (120 per year, delivered periodically) and can skip up to 100 while still meeting the participation requirement. You’ll have four minutes to answer a question and can use any professional resources as a reference. Immediate feedback will be provided.

Other MOC Assessment Options

ABIM also reported that the current option to complete the Knowledge Check-In every other year will conclude at the end of 2021. The traditional 10-year MOC Exam will continue to be an option beyond 2021.

The next sleep medicine Knowledge Check-In will be offered Oct. 7 or 10, 2020. The traditional, 10-year sleep medicine MOC exam will be offered Nov. 18, 2020.

Learn more about the current ABIM sleep medicine MOC assessments and the new ABIM longitudinal assessment.

MOC Flexibility due to COVID-19

ABIM also reiterated in its newsletter that due to the COVID-19 pandemic, no one will lose certification if they aren’t able to complete an MOC requirement this year. Physicians who have an assessment, attestation or points due in 2020 will have until Dec. 31, 2021, to complete them.

Free MOC for AASM Members

As a benefit of membership, the AASM offers free MOC self-assessment exams for sleep physicians. Learn how to become an AASM member.