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Definition of "Meeting MOC Requirements":
A Diplomate is "meeting MOC requirements" if all components of MOC are completed by December 31st of that year.

For purposes of public reporting, diplomates with time-limited certificates who are on track to enter MOC based upon their year of initial certification are considered to be participating in MOC.

Definition of "NR” (Not Required) Status on ABMS Certification Matters Website:
American Board of Dermatology diplomates who were certified in 1990 or prior are considered Life Time Certificate holders and are Not Required to participate in the MOC program.


Component 1 - Evidence of Professional Standing

  • An active license to practice medicine or osteopathy in the United States or Canada. US and Canadian licenses that a diplomate holds must have no adverse actions against them.

Component 2 - Commitment to Lifelong-Learning and Periodic Self-Assessment

  • Diplomates applying for the 2011-2015 MOC examinations are required to document 75 hours of Category I CME in the three years prior to application. Documentation of the 75 hours must be submitted with the application.
  • Diplomates applying for the 2016 MOC examination and beyond are required to document 25 hours of Category I CME per year starting with year 2009 (40 hours must be documented for years 2006, 2007, and 2008). The diplomate is responsible for maintaining a record of CME credits earned on their personalized online MOC table.
  • A patient safety module must be completed once per ten-year cycle in order to be “participating in MOC”. The module must be completed within the first two years of the initial 10-year cycle and once per cycle afterward.
  • Diplomates will be required to take a minimum of 3 self-assessment modules at approximately 3 year intervals. Self-assessment credit may be earned in single units or in multi-question courses. We encourage self-assessment learning to occur annually. The diplomate is responsible for notifying the ABD on their personalized online table when 100 questions are completed.

Link to AAD CME Transcript Program

AAD members have access to a transcript service which electronically records credits towards MOC. Non-AAD members may register for this service through the AAD for a fee.

Component 3 - Cognitive Expertise

  • Successful completion of an examination is required for MOC. This examination will be a secure, proctored, closed-book examination that is administered at Pearson VUE testing centers in the United States and Canada on the following dates in 2015: March 26 – April 11, 2015 (excluding Sunday).
  • The examination is clinically-focused and is tailored to the candidate’s practice profile through selection of applicable examination modules. In addition to the required General Dermatology module, the candidate must select an elective module from one of the four listed below.
    General Dermatology (required)
    Medical Dermatology (elective)
    Dermatopathology (elective)
    Pediatric Dermatology (elective)
    Surgical Dermatology (elective)
  • The 2015 examination will consist of 100 image-based questions in General Dermatology and 50 questions in each of the other modules. Examination questions are available to the diplomate for self study in advance of the examination, usually by the end of August. (link)
  • The examinations are administered annually and diplomates may take the examination in years 3-10 of the MOC cycle. Aggregate test results are available yearly on the ABD website.

Component 4 - Evaluation of Practice Performance

Diplomates are required to complete two evaluation of practice assessments during the 10-year cycle. This evaluation may include completion of two practice assessment/quality improvement (QI) programs or one QI and one survey.(Approved peer and patient surveys can take the place of ONE of the Practice Assessment exercises.)

  • Patient and peer communication surveys (Now Optional)

A minimum of 45 patients is required for the patient survey and a minimum of 12 peers is required for the peer survey. Links to acceptable survey instruments can be found here. Participation in similar feedback programs, for example, those administered by a hospital or health plan, are acceptable and can be self-reported. For those diplomates not involved in active patient care, we anticipate some form of 360-assessment to include various colleagues and co-workers

  • Practice assessment/quality improvement (QI)

During the ten-year cycle, diplomates must complete one or two exercises designed to evaluate the delivery of health care in your practice. The typical paradigm would involve a set of chart abstractions from a determined number of patients. Diplomates submit the data to the sponsoring organization and feedback is given based upon accepted guidelines of care or other national standards. The first exercise must be completed by year-5 and the second by year-10 in order to be "participating in MOC". Approved peer and patient surveys can take the place of ONE of the Practice Assessment exercises.

Dermatopathologists not engaged in patient care will hopefully be able to use a program developed by the American Society of Dermatopathology. We will work with diplomates who primarily are engaged in regulatory or other functions to design programs meaningful to their spheres of expertise.