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(An ABMS Maintenance of Certification Program)


Maintenance of Certification (MOC) is a program of educational and professional development designed to assess the competence of physicians on an ongoing basis. The MOC program is based on the 6 general competencies identified by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) and the ABMS: patient care, medical knowledge, practice-based learning and improvement, interpersonal and communication skills, professionalism, and systems-based practice. For MOC these 6 competencies are placed into 4 components:

  1. Evidence of Professional Standing:
    --License attestation
  2. Evidence of Commitment to Lifelong-Learning and Periodic Self-Assessment:
    --Patient safety module
    --CME attestation
    --Periodic self assessment of general knowledge
  3. Evidence of Cognitive Expertise:
    --Cognitive examination
  4. Evaluation of Performance in Practice:
    --Patient communication survey
    --Peer communication survey
    --Practice assessment/Quality Improvement

All diplomates whose certification expires in 2006 and beyond must enter MOC. Doing so places you in the category "Certified (or recertified), participating in MOC". If you hold a lifetime certificate, it cannot be revoked based upon your performance on a recertification examination that you have taken voluntarily or upon your decision not to pursue all elements of the MOC program. You will continue to be in the category "Certified". If you certified in the period 1991-2005, you will enter MOC only upon successful recertification, but not before, and you are not required to complete any elements of this program until your successful recertification. If you possess a time-limited certificate and if you do not pass the MOC examination by the end of the ten-year cycle, you lose certification, but you may immediately reapply to enter the MOC cycle. There will be a period of time in which you are not certified by the American Board of Dermatology (ABD), but we encourage reapplication. Upon successful completion of the MOC recertification examination, you are deemed to be "Recertified" and will enter MOC. If you are a lifetime certificate holder and successfully certified or will certify in pediatric dermatology or dermatopathology in 2006 or beyond, you entered or will enter MOC in the following year. If you choose not to pursue the MOC program, your lifetime certification in dermatology will not be revoked, but successful completion of all elements of MOC is required in order to remain certified in the subspecialty.

If you take and pass the MOC exam early (i.e., in years 3-10 of the 10-year cycle), you will only receive a new certification status and the actual certificate when your MOC able is up to date. This new certification will begin in the year after your current certificate expires. For example, if your certificate expires at the end of 2015 but you passed the examination in 2012 you will re-enter MOC in January 2016.

The table represents the roadmap of the MOC cycle. Boxes that are highlighted in RED are incomplete. You can click on the boxes in the table in order to notify us of completion of the various elements of the program. We accept self-reporting but we will audit a certain number of diplomates for the accuracy of the data.
As you move through the MOC cycle, the clicked boxes will show the dates of completion of the various elements and will give you an idea of what remains to accomplish and in what time frame. ** The Enter buttons are located within the MOC table to reflect a “due BY year date” not a “due IN year date.”**


Note that the MOC program continues to evolve and may change with time.