Maintenance of Certification

ABMS MOC Competencies and Criteria

Continuous Lifelong Learning for Better Patient Care

ABMS Board Eligibility Policy by Board

Four-Part Process

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)