Professionalism and Professional Standing

Physicians must continuously maintain medical licensure in compliance with ABEM’s Policy on Medical Licensure to meet the ABEM MOC Professionalism and Professional Standing requirement.

Participants in the MOC process must continuously hold a current, active, valid, full, unrestricted, and unqualified license to practice medicine in at least one jurisdiction in the United States, its territories, or Canada and in each jurisdiction in which they practice.

  • Physicians may hold additional licenses to practice medicine, each of which must be valid, full, unrestricted, and unqualified, or voluntarily inactive.
  • Participants in the MOC program must report to the Board all licenses they currently hold, and any licenses previously held that do not meet the ABEM Policy on Medical Licensure.
  • ABEM continuously receives medical license information from a third-party verification agency for all ABEM diplomates and all former diplomates attempting to regain certification.

Diplomates and former diplomates may update their medical licensure information through their ABEM MOC Personal Page.

During the registration process for an LLSA test, LLS CME activity, or ConCert™ Examination, or attesting to completion of Practice Improvement (PI), Communication / Professionalism (CP), or CME activities, physicians may be asked to confirm medical license information. If physicians confirm that their licensure complies with ABEM policy, they can move to the next step of registration.

If a physician's license does not comply or, if a diplomate does not hold a medical license, ABEM will revoke the diplomate’s certificate.

A three-step appeal procedure is available to all diplomates whose medical licenses do not meet the licensure policy. During the appeal process, diplomates may register for and take the LLSA tests; and, if all other requirements are met, they may also register for and take the ConCertTM Examination and renew their certificates if they pass the examination. A diplomate’s certificate will not be revoked until all steps in the appeal procedure have been completed or when a diplomate chooses not to appeal a decision. Once ABEM certification is revoked, the former diplomate may not participate in ABEM MOC until the medical licensure requirement is fulfilled.