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Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine MOC Board Review Topics Covered:

  • Pulmonary - Obstructive Lung Disease
  • Pulmonary - Critical Care Medicine
  • Pulmonary - Diffuse Parenchymal Lung Disease (DPLD)
  • Pulmonary - Sleep Medicine/Neuromuscular/Skeletal
  • Pulmonary - Basic Science and Physiology
  • Pulmonary - Epidemiology and Statistics
  • Pulmonary - Infections
  • Pulmonary - Neoplasms
  • Pulmonary - Pleural Diseases
  • Pulmonary - Quality, Safety, and Complications
  • Pulmonary - Transplantation
  • Pulmonary - Vascular
  • Critical Care - Renal, Endocrine, and Metabolism
  • Critical Care - Cardiovascular Disorders
  • Critical Care - Pulmonary Disease
  • Critical Care - Infectious Disease
  • Critical Care - Gastrointestinal Disorders
  • Critical Care - Neurologic Disorders
  • Critical Care - Hematologic and Oncologic Disorders
  • Critical Care - Surgery, Trauma, and Transplantation
  • Critical Care - Pharmacology and Toxicology
  • Critical Care - Research, Administration, and Ethics

About the Pulmonary Disease Recertification Exam

According to the ABIM, the Pulmonary Disease Maintenance of Certification exam is designed to evaluate the knowledge, diagnostic reasoning, and clinical judgment skills expected of the certified pulmonologist in the broad domain of the discipline.

What is covered on the Pulmonary Disease MOC Exam?

As outlined in the ABIM Pulmonary Disease MOC Exam Blueprint, the following topics will be tested in the exam:

  • Obstructive Lung Disease 17.5%
  • Critical Care Medicine 15%
  • Diffuse Parenchymal Lung Disease (DPLD) 10%
  • Sleep Medicine, Neuromuscular and Skeletal 10%
  • Epidemiology 2%
  • Infections 12%
  • Neoplasia 9.5%
  • Pleural Disease 5%
  • Quality, Safety, and Complications 5%
  • Transplantation 2%
  • Vascular Diseases 6%
  • Respiratory Physiology and Pulmonary Symptoms 4%
  • Occupational and Environmental Diseases 2%

To familiarize yourself with the ABIM exam question format, take the Pulmonary Disease MOC Exam Tutorial.

About the Critical Care Medicine Recertification Exam

According to the ABIM, the Critical Care Medicine MOC Exam is designed to evaluate whether a certified Critical Care Medicine specialist has maintained competence and currency in the knowledge and judgment required for practice.

What content is covered on the Critical Care Medicine MOC Exam?

As outlined in the ABIM Critical Care Medicine MOC Exam Blueprint, the following categories are covered in the exam:

  • Renal, Endocrine, and Metabolic Disorders 15%
  • Cardiovascular Disorders 17.5%
  • Pulmonary Disease 20%
  • Infectious Disease 12%
  • Gastrointestinal Disorders 5%
  • Neurologic Disorders 9.5%
  • Hematologic and Oncologic Disorders 5.5%
  • Surgery, Trauma, and Transplantation 7%
  • Pharmacology and Toxicology 4.5%
  • Research, Administration, and Ethics 2%
  • Critical Care Ultrasound Scanning 2%

To familiarize yourself with the ABIM exam question format, take the Critical Care Medicine MOC Exam Tutorial.

How Long are the Pulmonary Disease and Critical Care Medicine MOC Exams?

Each exam lasts approximately 10 hours, which is divided into four sessions, each containing a maximum of 60 MCQ’s in single best answer format.

In 2016, the First-Time Taker Pass Rate was 90% for Pulmonary Disease MOC and 86% for Critical Care Medicine MOC.

Stated Learning Objectives for the Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine CME Online Activity

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

  • Provide guideline and knowledge-based approaches to critical care situations involving the management of complex cardiac and pulmonary disease
  • Evaluate and manage common and uncommon mechanisms and functions of the pulmonary system
  • Investigate the underlying pathophysiology of pulmonary disease and basic science knowledge
  • Describe common surgical and non-surgical procedures
  • Explain each procedure’s indications, contraindications, and complications

Contributing Medical Faculty

  • Craig Piquette, MD
  • Thomas Lambert, MD

How do I earn Cardiology CME/MOC Credits?

  1. Check your state requirements for CME for where you practice.
  2. Purchase the BoardVitals Pulmonary Disease and Critical Care Medicine CME Optional 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.

*Please Note: Non-MOC hours (CME only) are self-reported. Please follow the instructions given by your board to report your CME hours. Members of the ABIM must log into their website to submit the number of hours stated on the certificate.

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

Successful completion of this CME activity, which includes participation in the evaluation component, enables the participant to earn up to 40 MOC points in the American Board of Internal Medicine’s (ABIM) Maintenance of Certification (MOC) program. Participants will earn MOC points equivalent to the amount of CME credits claimed for the activity. It is the CME activity provider’s responsibility to submit participant completion information to ACCME for the purpose of granting ABIM MOC credit.

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 Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine CME info found here.