The American Board of Medical Specialties (ABMS) approved a Maintenance of Certification (MOC) program to promote continuous learning and periodic assessment throughout the length of diplomates’ certification. The guiding principles behind MOC include ensuring that the highest standards of patient care are established and maintained, and assuring patients, physicians, and other stakeholders that certified physicians are being assessed by reliable and valid measures to continually improve patient care. Each of the 24 ABMS Member Boards has implemented an MOC program.
ABEM MOC Requirements
To renew certification and to be considered as meeting the ABEM MOC requirements, clinically active physicians must meet all ABEM MOC requirements. Physicians who are clinically inactive must meet all ABEM MOC requirements except IMP.
Individual diplomates’ requirements may vary. For more information about a physician’s specific requirements based on the year that his/her certification expires, click here.
Every diplomate is considered to be meeting ABEM MOC requirements until they reach their five-year requirement deadline and it is determined that they have failed to meet one or more ABEM MOC requirements.
Diplomates who are designated as not meeting MOC requirements can make up the missed requirements and regain status as meeting MOC requirements before the end of their ten-year certification.
Diplomates who do not meet all their MOC requirements by the time their certificate expires have an opportunity to regain certification. The Policy on Regaining Certification describes these opportunities in detail.