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ASCO Members Weigh in on ABIM’s Maintenance of Certification Program

Nov 27, 2023


Nearly 1,700 ASCO members shared their feedback and experiences in a recent ASCO survey on the American Board of Internal Medicine’s (ABIM) Maintenance of Certification (MOC) requirements. Developed under the guidance of the ASCO Board of Directors and its MOC Task Force, the survey was created as a first step to better understand ASCO members’ views on MOC with the longer-term goal of generating evidence-based alternatives and changes to the program.

Highlights from the survey findings include:

  • ASCO members agreed (64%) that ABIM initial certification contributes to improved patient care by establishing high standards for initial assessment of training and knowledge.
  • However, overwhelmingly, respondents to ASCO's survey said that ABIM's MOC program does not improve their practice-relevant knowledge, nor improve the quality of care they provide (74%).
  • The majority of ASCO survey respondents believe accredited CME is sufficient for learning and does not need to be supplemented with MOC (82%).
  • ASCO survey respondents disagreed that fees associated with ABIM MOC program are reasonable (81%), and to a lesser degree, survey respondents disagreed that the time associated with ABIM MOC is reasonable (64%).

In the coming weeks and months, ASCO will continue to dive deep into understanding the lifelong learning needs of oncologists. To that end, the following steps are planned:

  • A series of interviews will be held this month to better understand how private practice oncologists view the current MOC program and what a potential alternative to MOC could look like.
  • Under the direction of the ASCO MOC Task Force, and using survey and interview findings, the task force will develop a proposal on alternatives to MOC and discuss them with ABIM.
  • Early in 2024, ASCO members will have an opportunity to provide feedback and input on the proposal and recommendations.

For those who may have missed the survey, ASCO welcomes feedback and input on MOC, which can be sent to MOC@asco.org.


Jeff Porter Sharman, MD

Nov, 28 2023 8:16 PM

After 10 years in practice, I took the high stakes 10 year recertification exam that I paid for.  I was disappointed to find out that I remain responsible for annual MOC fees despite passing 10 year exam.  I will take the 10 year exam again and pay for that when the time is due - so why do I need to pay the same annual MOC fee for providers who do the quarterly evaluations?

Tarek Haykal, MD

Dec, 05 2023 11:29 AM

I completely agree. We have to pay annual fees to maintain all board certifications even after we pass them all. We have to meet a 100 MOC requirements every 5 years and also have at least some MOCs every 2 years. We also then have to keep renewing our board certification every 10 years. While this is all great to keep the high standard of ABIM, I do think there is room for improvement. I took my ABIM onc board and felt it is a bit outdated. 

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