MOC Exam Details

When:    April 1 - May 31 and September 1 - October 31
              (excluding Sundays)

Pearson VUE testing centers
After a diplomate's application is approved, the diplomate 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

Online Proctoring

Diplomates may take the exam via an Online Proctoring option, provided their personal computer (in their home or office) is properly equipped. Read our Online Proctoring overview for more information.

The examination consists of two modules:
Unless otherwise noted, all diplomates are required to take the 100-question General Dermatology module. The General Dermatology module consists almost entirely of images with the accompanying question, “Which of the following is the most likely diagnosis?”. Some questions may include a brief amount of clinical information designed to help differentiate among the five possible answers. 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 MOC Examination will be available in the Diplomate’s ABD profile in November, the year prior to the exam. The study guide contains a list of approximately 200-225 conditions from which the General Dermatology Module 100-image questions will be drawn as well as 90-100 multiple-choice questions for the self-selected 50-question modules (Medical, Dermatopathology, Pediatric, or Surgical).

Requirements to Apply to Take the Examination

To apply, login with your username and password. Diplomates who do not know their username and password can use the Forgot Password function to retrieve their credentials for our website. 

To be approved to take the MOC Exam, you must not have any OVERDUE MOC requirements. If you are unsure of your MOC Status, click here to learn how to check your status.

There is no application fee for diplomates participating in MOC. For diplomates not enrolled in MOC, the application fee is $900. Checks or credit cards (American Express, MasterCard, Discover, or VISA) are accepted.  

Application open for SPRING examination: February 1 - February 15.

Application open for FALL examination: July 1 - July 15.

Diplomates must 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.

Exam results will be emailed to diplomates approximately 6-8 weeks following the final day of the examination.

Click here for a full timeline of the MOC Exam process. 

Diplomates with Subspecialty Certification (Dermatopathology, Pediatric Dermatology)

Subspecialty MOC certification will be linked to primary MOC: completed MOC requirements for the primary certification will be accepted for the subspecialty certification.

If you hold a subspecialty certificate, you may take the MOC exam in sync with the renewal of your subspecialty certification, by taking one additional module.

Diplomates who opt to sync are required to complete 3 modules for the exam:

Dermatopathology: General Dermatology (100 items), Dermatopathology #1 (50 items) and Dermatopathology # 2 (50 items)

Pediatric Dermatology: General Dermatology (100 items), Pediatric Dermatology #1 (50 items) and Pediatric Dermatology # 2 (50 items)

Contact the Board office at 617-910-6400 x1 for more details and to discuss the possibility of taking the MOC exam in sync with the recertification of your subspecialty certification. There is a nominal fee of $100 to sync the exams.

Once enrolled in MOC, diplomates are required to pay $150 annually. When applying to take the next MOC Examination at the end of the 10-year MOC cycle, 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 requirement, candidates must take and pass the MOC Examination in years 3-10 of their ten-year cycle.

Diplomates with lifetime certification may elect to voluntarily enter MOC. 

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.