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Nephrology MOC Board Review Topics Covered:

  • Pharmacology
  • Kidney Transplantation
  • Acid-Base and Potassium
  • Acute Kidney Injury and ICU care
  • Calcium, Phosphorus, Magnesium Stones
  • Chronic Kidney Disease
  • Glomerular and Vascular
  • Hypertension
  • Sodium and Water
  • Tubular, Interstitial, and Cystic Disorders

ABIM Internal Medicine MOC Exam Info and Pass Rate

Knowledge Check-In

Beginning in 2018, the ABIM started offering a new two year-assessment option called a Knowledge Check-In for physicians to meet their MOC program requirements in lieu of taking the traditional MOC Exam.

Pass Rate

The First-Time Taker Pass Rate for the 2017 Nephrology MOC Exam was 93%

What is covered on the ABIM Nephrology Recertification MOC Exam?

As stated in the ABIM Nephrology MOC Exam Blueprint, the content distribution for the Nephrology MOC exam is as follows:

  • Sodium and Water Abnormalities 7%
  • Acid-Base and Potassium Disorders 9%
  • Calcium, Phosphorus, and Magnesium Disorders and Stones 4%
  • Chronic Kidney Disease 25%
  • Hypertension 10%
  • Tubular, Interstitial, and Cystic Disorders 4%
  • Glomerular and Vascular Disorders 11%
  • Kidney Transplantation 10%
  • Pharmacology 5%
  • Acute Kidney Injury and Intensive Care Unit Nephrology 15%

How many questions are on the ABIM Nephrology MOC Exam?

The exam is comprised of up to 225 multiple choice questions (MCQ) in single best answer format. Of the 225 questions, 40 are new questions that will not count towards the candidate's score. The exam will take approximately 10 hours and is divided into four sessions.

To familiarize yourself with ABIM exam question format, we recommend reviewing the ABIM's Nephrology MOC exam tutorial.


How many questions are on the ABIM Nephrology Knowledge Check-In Assessment?

The Knowledge Check-In Assessment is made up of approximately 90 single-best-answer multiple-choice questions divided into two sessions. It takes about 3-1/2 hours to complete.

Stated Learning Objectives

Upon completion of this activity, participants should be able to:

  • Craft and implement effective care management plans.
  • Identify, and provide current guideline-based approaches to, common renal issues.
  • Order and interpret labs.
  • Explore differential diagnoses and apply basic renal pathophysiology to common renal problems.

Contributing Medical Faculty

  • Scott Westphal, MD

How do I earn Nephrology CME Credits?

  1. Check your state requirements for CME where you practice.
  2. Purchase the Nephrology Question Bank with optional CME Certificate Add-on.
  3. Answer questions with at least 70% accuracy (you may correct answers as you go).
  4. Redeem and submit the form and evaluation.
  5. Print your PDF certificate of completion.

  6. *Please Note: Non-MOC hours (CME only) are self-reported. Please follow the instructions given by your board to report your CME hours.

    For full steps, view our Support Page on Redeeming CME Hours.

The University of Nebraska Medical Center, Center for Continuing Education is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

The University of Nebraska Medical Center, Center for Continuing Education designates this Internet Enduring Material for a maximum of 40 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity. Further Nephrology CME info found here.