For a variety of reasons, pediatricians will sometimes allow their board certification to expire. Perhaps you intentionally took a break from practicing medicine. Or you didn’t complete all four parts of Maintenance of Certification (MOC) during your five-year cycle.
Whatever the reason, when you are ready to become certified again, the American Board of Pediatrics (ABP) will try to make the process as smooth as possible for you.
To regain certification, first go to your ABP Portfolio where you can complete MOC enrollment, submit your medical license information, and pay your enrollment fees. During your five-year lapsed MOC cycle, you will need to become compliant with all four parts of MOC to regain your certification. This includes having a valid, unrestricted medical license, earning 100 total points for Part 2 and Part 4 activities, and meeting your Part 3 requirement through either MOCA-Peds or the secure exam.
Now that physicians only pay for the certification areas they wish to maintain, it is possible to lose certification for either not selecting a certification area during MOC enrollment or missing an annual payment deadline. To regain certification, you will need to pay your MOC fees through your ABP Portfolio.
Your specific information can be found in your ABP Portfolio. You will regain your board certification and have your status recognized on our website after you have completed all MOC requirements.