What is ABMS?
The American Board of Medical Specialties (ABMS) is a medical specialty certification organization.
Since 1933, ABMS has earned the public’s trust by setting a higher standard of professionalism and care for physicians and specialists. They represent 24 certifying boards and nearly one million active board certified physicians and specialists in 40 specialties and 88 subspecialties.
'who are aiming higher to better serve their patients, families, and communities.
Nearly one million individuals hold an active board certification from an ABMS Member Board. Together, we help drive research and innovation, encourage high-quality patient care, promote a quality and safety culture, ease health care disparities, shape future leaders, and support professional development.'
What is Maintenance of Certification/Continuous Certification (MOC/CC)?
Each ABMS Member Board’s continuing certification program is developed by practicing physicians and specialists according to the standards set through ABMS. Activities and requirements must be met in the four main components (referred to as MOC or CC) to ensure physicians keep current in their specialties.
Contact your board to learn more.
The MOC/CC programs of all 24 specialty boards have the same four general requirements:
Part 1: Professionalism
(Adhere to your board’s principles of professionalism and hold a current, valid, and unrestricted license to practice medicine)
Part 2: Lifelong Learning and Self-Assessment
(Participate in self-assessment, Continuing Medical Education (CME), and other practice relevant activities throughout your career)
Part 3: Assessment
(Meet the performance standard on a continuous cycle set by your board)
Part 4: Improvement in Medical Practice
(Design an intervention for improvement, and apply it to improve care or the process of care delivery)
Do all specially boards have the same MOC/CC requirements?
No, specific requirements of individual boards do vary. For more information visit your individual boards website.
How do I find my board MOC/CC requirements?
For more information on MOC/CC requirements visit your individual boards website.
Is MOC part 4 credit available for existing QI Projects?
Yes, calendar year submission deadlines will apply. If you meaningfully participate in a QI project, boards will award credit based on the end date of participation.
What is the role of a QI project lead?
- Ensure that the project design meets above QI project requirements.
- Complete and submit an application form to CME Office.
- Track and monitor physician and/or physician assistant participation to ensure that the meaningful participation standards are met for each participant.
- Ensure that participants have access to data reports on a regular basis.
- Send physician completion data to CME office.
- Upon completion of the project, attest for participants by signing Meaningful Participation Attestation Form(s).
- Provide project documentation to CME office, including methods, results, and physician participation, if requested.
Can I be awarded MOC 4 credit for a QI poster presentation?
Yes, please see above for credit eligibility and submission process.