We Are Streamlining MOC

We are working to make MOC
simpler and more meaningful.

The new MOC requirements issued by the American Board of Medical Specialties (ABMS) allow greater flexibility in how the program’s requirements are fulfilled. This affords ABD opportunities to implement changes – better enabling us to ensure MOC provides value in helping diplomates stay up-to-date as medicine advances and clinical practices change. 

In an effort to make the dermatology MOC program easier, more valuable and less costly for diplomates, the American Board of Dermatology has developed a number of initiatives that are unfolding or will unfold during the coming year. We have:

Reduced the number of requirements associated with each 10-year MOC cycle.

Assisted in the development of many free educational activities, thus reducing costs for you to participate in MOC. Click here to see our MOC Resource List. 

Broadened ways to fulfill the patient safety component.

Re-evaluated and made significant changes to self-assessment activities, which now include many CME activities that you already attend that help you evaluate your knowledge and abilities.

Made the patient and peer surveys optional – allowing you to decide for yourself if this exercise would be beneficial for your practice.

Created a more focused approach to practice improvement (PI) that requires less time and effort to complete.

Reached out to local dermatology groups, regional groups and subspecialties to develop online self-assessment and practice improvement offerings that will help keep you up-to-date in practice. 

Listened to your input about the MOC examination to ensure we are making it relevant to your area of practice.

Refer to our What's New in MOC? page for the full details behind these changes.

ABD MOC Changes

Contact Us

American Board of Dermatology
2 Wells Avenue
Newton, Massachusetts 02459
Office Hours: Mon-Fri,
8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. ET
(617) 910-6400 (Phone/Fax)

Our Mission

To serve the public and profession by setting high standards for dermatologists to earn and maintain Board certification.