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The Infographic below explains the basics of MOC. To see your specific MOC requirements and deadlines, log into your ABP Portfolio. Did you allow your certification to lapse? Learn how to regain certification.
MOC, Maintenance of Certification, is made up of four parts: Professional Standing (Part 1), Lifelong Learning and Self-Assessment (Part 2), Cognitive Expertise (Part 3), and Improving Professional Practice (Part 4).
Part 1 (Professional Standing)
To meet MOC, Part 1 requires a physician to have at least one valid, unrestricted medical license, and no restricted licenses.
“The Activities/Points Cycle” - Part 2 (Lifelong Learning and Self-Assessment) and Part 4 (Improving Professional Practice)
Part 2 and Part 4, completed every 5 years, can be described as the "Activities/Points Cycle." These parts each have a specific focus and thus different activity requirements. Upon completion of the cycle, you will re-enroll and pay a fee, initiating your next MOC activity/points cycle.
Part 2, Lifelong Learning and Self-Assessment, is focused on assessing and enhancing knowledge important to the individual’s pediatric practice. Part 2 can be met through a variety of activities, some examples include the Knowledge Self-Assessment, Decision Skills, Subspecialty Self-Assessments, and the Question of the Week activity.
Part 4, Improving Professional Practice, is focused on participation in Quality Improvement (QI) projects, which are designed to assess and improve the quality of patient care. Part 4 can be met through activities such as collaborative QI projects and web-based QI activities. You may already be engaged in activities that could qualify for credit under Part 4.
“The Exam Cycle” - Part 3 (Cognitive Expertise/Secure Exam)
Part 3 requires that you pass an exam every 10 years for each certification you want to maintain; or if your certification is permanent, to continue "meeting the requirements of MOC."
Every exam cycle is unique. The best way to see your specific exam cycle deadlines is to log in to your ABP Portfolio.
Your MOC point requirements are:
• 40 points in Part 2 (Lifelong Learning and Self-Assessment)
• 40 points in Part 4 (Improving Professional Practice Activities)
• 20 additional points either Part 2 or Part 4
Your MOC requirements:
• 1 activity in Part 2 (Lifelong Learning and Self-Assessment)
• 1 activity in Part 4 (Improving Professional Practice Activities)