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MOC Examination


About the Examination


When:            March 24 to April 9, 2016 (excluding Sunday)


Where:           Pearson VUE testing centers. After a candidate’s application is approved, approximately 3 months in advance of the examination, candidates will receive instructions on how to register with Pearson Vue to select an examination date and testing center. To find a testing center near you, go to www.pearsonvue.com.


What:             The examination consists of two modules:

All candidates are required to take the 100-question General Dermatology module. The General Dermatology module consists entirely of images with the accompanying question, “The most likely diagnosis is.” In addition to asking for the most likely diagnosis, some questions may include a brief amount of clinical information designed to help differentiate among the five possible answers. These questions will be a minority of the items on the general dermatology portion of the examination.This is a 2-hour computer-based examination.


Candidates choose a second 50-question module: Medical Dermatology, Dermatopathology, Pediatric Dermatology, or Surgical Dermatology. Some of the questions are image-based but not all. This is a 1-hour computer-based examination.



The study guide for the 2016 MOC Examination will be available in the Diplomate’s ABD profile (login above) in Mid-September. The study guide contains a list of 150 conditions from which the General Dermatology Module 100-image questions will be drawn as well as 100 multiple-choice questions for the self-selected 50-question modules (Medical, Dermatopathology, Pediatric, or Surgical).



Requirements to Apply to Take the Examination

  • Applications will be available online September 14, 2015. To apply, login above with your username and password. Diplomates who do not know their username and password can call the ABD office at 313-874-1088 or email the office at abderm@hfhs.org.
  • Application fee: $900. Checks or credit cards (American Express, MasterCard, or VISA) are accepted. However, the fee is not required if the diplomate is active in MOC.
  • Application/fee deadline for examination: November 1.
  • Diplomates are required to register for two modules: General Dermatology (100 image-based questions) is required plus one of the following 50-question modules: Medical Dermatology, Dermatopathology, Pediatric Dermatology, or Surgical Dermatology.
  • Required application supporting documentation: (Not required if diplomate is active in MOC.)

1.    Copy of currently valid, full and unrestricted license to practice medicine in the United States or Canada.

2.    75 hours of Category 1 dermatology-related CME for the three years prior to the examination.


If you hold a subspecialty certificate, contact the Board office at 313-874-1090 to discuss the possibility of taking the recertification exam in sync with the recertification of your subspecialty certificate.


Mail or FAX supporting documentation to:

Thomas D. Horn, MD, MBA, Executive Director

American Board of Dermatology, Inc.

Henry Ford Health System

1 Ford Place

Detroit, MI 48202

Tel: 313-874-1088

Fax: 313-872-3221




Notification of performance on the examination will be emailed to candidates approximately 8-10 weeks following the final day of the examination.




Once enrolled in MOC, diplomates are required to pay $150 annually. When applying to take the next MOC examination, there will be no additional examination fee.



Diplomates with time-limited certificates may apply to take the MOC examination any year in which it is offered. However, for official completion of the MOC process, candidates must take and pass the MOC/Recertification examination in years 3-10 of his/her ten-year cycle.


Diplomates with lifetime certification may elect to pursue voluntary recertification in any year the examination is offered. We are beginning to see the first practical steps taken by insurers to link reimbursement to participation in maintenance of certification (MOC) programs. Additionally, the Federation of State Medical Boards is preliminarily considering linking licensure to participation in MOC. Any questions or correspondence relating to the MOC process should be directed to the Executive Director of the American Board of Dermatology.