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- Alan C. Yeung, MD⁎ ()
- ↵⁎Chair, ABIM Interventional Cardiology Test Committee, Stanford University Medical Center, 300 Pasteur Dr. H2321, Palo Alto, California 94304
The recent article by Drs. Dangas and Popma (1) provided valuable information about the importance of Maintenance of Certification (MOC).
I am writing to clarify some details regarding the American Board of Internal Medicine (ABIM) interventional cardiology MOC requirements:
• ABIM encourages interventional cardiologists to enroll in MOC as early as possible during their 10-year certification cycle. This allows flexibility as to when and how they complete the MOC requirements.
• Physicians do not have to earn 100 self-assessment points prior to sitting for the exam. They can earn some or all points before or after the exam.
• In addition to completing ABIM-offered Practice Improvement Modules (PIMs), there are additional avenues for cardiologists to earn credit toward self-evaluation of practice performance. Data collected for 2 ACC initiatives, the National Cardiovascular Data Registry (NCDR) and the Door to Balloon (D2B) Alliance are both recognized by ABIM for MOC credit.
• The MOC procedural requirement of a minimum of 150 interventional cases should be documented over the 2 years before the expiration of current certification in interventional cardiology.
In addition, interventional cardiologists must hold a valid certificate in cardiovascular disease in order to maintain certification in interventional cardiology. Diplomates can apply the required 100 points of self-evaluation to the renewal of both certificates; however, they must pass separate examinations in both cardiovascular disease and interventional cardiology.
ABIM is continuing to offer additional options for interventional cardiologists to earn credit toward MOC, including interventional cardiology update modules that will be introduced annually and available for 3 years. Your readers can learn more about MOC by visiting the ABIM website (2).
- American College of Cardiology Foundation