Clinical Activity Status

The ABMS has issued definitions of ‘Clinically Active’ and ‘Clinically Inactive’ and requires that all diplomates self-report their status once every 24 months in each area of certification. This information will be available to the public.

1. Clinically Active: Any amount of direct and/or consultative patient care has been provided in the preceding 24 months. This includes the supervision of residents.

A.  Engaged in direct and/or consultative care sufficient to complete an Improvement in Medical Practice (PIP) Unit

B.  Engaged in direct and/or consultative care not sufficient to complete a PIP Unit

2. Clinically Inactive: No direct and or/consultative patient care has been provided in the past 24 months.

3. Status Unknown: No information available on the clinical activity of this diplomate.

  • Diplomates who are in Category 1A above are required to complete all components of the MOC program including a PIP Unit.
  • Diplomates who are in categories 1B or 2 above are required to complete all components of the MOC program except a PIP Unit.
  • A change in diplomate status from 1B or 2 to 1A requires the completion of at least one PIP Unit.

Diplomates must update their Clinical Activity Status in the Diplomate Information and Status Section in ABPN Physician Folios.

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