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 APP.

LLSA Tests

Physicians must pass four Lifelong Learning and Self-Assessment (LLSA) tests in years 1-5 of their certification and four LLSA tests in years 6-10 of their certification. For more information about LLSA tests, click here

Physicians whose certificates expire in 2017 and after must complete the Patient Safety LLSA (PS-LLSA). The PS-LLSA counts toward one of the four LLSAs required to be completed during each five-year certification period. To find out when you must complete the PS-LLSA, click here.
CME Credit Physicians must complete an average of 25 AMA PRA Category 1 CreditsTM per year or acceptable equivalent; eight of the credits each year must be self-assessment credits.
PI  Physicians must complete one Practice Improvement (PI) activity in years 1-5 of their certification and one PI activity in years 6-10 of their certification. For more information about PI activities, click here.
CP  Physicians must complete one Communication / Professionalism (CP) activity in years 1-5 of their certification and one CP activity in years 6-10 of their certification. For more information about CP activities, click here.
Physicians must pass the ConCert™ Examination during years 6-10 of their certification. The ConCert™ Examination is a comprehensive, secure, proctored examination that covers the breadth of Emergency Medicine. For more information about the ConCert™ Examination, click here.
 Medical Licensure Physicians must continuously maintain medical licensure in compliance with the ABEM Policy on Medical Licensure.
For more information about MOC professional standing requirements, click here.

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.