ABMS MOC Competencies and Criteria
Continuous lifelong learning for better patient care
While ABMS guides the MOC process, ABMS 24 Member Boards set the criteria and curriculum for each specialty. The four-part MOC process includes:
Part I: Professional Standing
Valid, unrestricted medical license in at least one state or jurisdiction in the United States, its territories or Canada.
Part II: Lifelong Learning and Self-Assessment
Evidence of participation in educational and self-assessment programs that meet specialty-specific standards set by their member board.
Part III: Cognitive Expertise
Pass Board-approved examination which verifies fundamental, practice-related and practice environment-related knowledge to provide quality care in their specialty.
Part IV: Practice Performance Assessment
Evaluation of clinical practice according to specialty-specific standards for patient care.
- Self-assessment of potential gaps in practice as compared with peers and national benchmarks
- Meaningful (active) participation in applying this evidence to improve that care
- At least 2 cycles of data collection/analysis (pre-intervention-post)
- Ongoing – spans more than one year (cannot wait until last minute)