Maintenance of Certification (MOC) is an integral part of the quality movement in healthcare. Patients, your physician peers, and your colleagues all value MOC because it demonstrates your support for continuous quality improvement, professional development, and quality patient care.
The American Board of Radiology oversees the MOC process. In 2012, the ABR implemented a new MOC process, known as Continuous Certification, for all participating MOC diplomates. Every year on March 2, the ABR reviews the previous three calendar years to determine if each diplomate is meeting the requirements of MOC. For more information about Continuous Certification, visit the ABR page.
Essential areas of MOC
The MOC program evaluates, on a continuous basis, the SIX ESSENTIAL COMPETENCIES as defined by the Accreditation Council on Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) and the American Board of Medical Specialties (ABMS):
- Medical knowledge
- Patient care and procedural skills
- Interpersonal and communication skills
- Practice-based learning and improvement
- Systems-based practice
Four parts of MOC
Part 1: Evidence of Professional Standing
This part requires valid, unrestricted licensure in all states of practice. A diplomate must report any state board action against a license to the ABR within 60 days. For more information visit the ABR website.
Part 2: Lifelong Learning and Self-Assessment
A minimum of 75 AMA Category 1 CME credits is required every three years. At least 25 of these must be Self-Assessment CME (SA-CME). In addition to ABR-prequalified SAMs, the ABR will count all AMA Category 1 CME activities in “enduring materials” (including web-based and print) and “journal-based CME” formats toward the SA-CME requirement. More details about Part 2 can be found on the ABR website.
Part 3: Cognitive Expertise
This part requires passing the most recent summative decision for the online longitudinal assessment or passing a traditional exam in the previous 5 years. Those who need to pass an MOC exam by March 2, 2017 (as indicated on the Part 3 tab in myABR) are still required to take and pass the exam in 2016 to meet the Part 3 requirement. All other diplomates will be deferred from completing the Part 3 requirement and therefore will not need to take the traditional MOC exam until the new MOC Part 3 process is available.
Part 4: Practice Quality Improvement (PQI)
To satisfy Part 4, diplomates complete at least one Practice Quality Improvement (PQI) Project OR Participatory Quality Improvement Activity every three years. A PQI project or activity may be conducted repeatedly or continuously and may include an individual only, a group of diplomates, or an institutional multidisciplinary collaboration. The ABR honors each diplomate’s privilege to choose PQI activities or projects that are pertinent to his or her practice. For complete details, see the ABR website.
This information is also available as a brochure. Visit the ABR website for additional information.