To maintain your board certification in general pediatrics and any pediatric subspecialties for which you are certified, you must be up to date in four areas. Note that you are not required to maintain certification in general pediatrics once you are certified in a subspecialty*.
- Professional Standing (Part 1)
You must have at least one valid, unrestricted medical license in the United States or Canada and no restricted licenses.
- Lifelong Learning and Self-Assessment (Part 2)
You must assess and enhance your knowledge in areas important to your practice, using activities developed by the ABP and other organizations such as the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) and other CME providers. You must earn at least 40 points for these activities every five years, regardless of how many certificates you want to maintain. If you have more than one certificate, the same five-year cycle will apply to all your certificates.
- Cognitive Expertise — Exam (Part 3)
You must pass an examination on a regular schedule for each certificate you want to maintain. Beginning in 2019, there are two ways to comply with the Part 3 requirement: 1) MOCA-Peds, an innovative continuous assessment approach that delivers 20 questions electronically each quarter, OR 2) Traditional proctored examination at a secure testing facility. Also beginning in 2019, Part 3 will align with your five-year MOC cycle.
- Improving Professional Practice — Quality Improvement (Part 4)
You must participate in quality improvement (QI) activities to earn Part 4 credit. These can be small or large group, collaborative, web-based or other types. The ABP approves activities that are designed to assess and improve the quality of patient care and processes that will lead to improved child health. You must earn at least 40 points for these activities every five years, regardless of how many certificates you want to maintain. If you have more than one certificate, the same five-year cycle will apply to all of your certificates.
Earning Points in Five-Year Cycles
To receive credit for Part 2 and Part 4 activities and maintain certification, you must earn a total of 100 points — a minimum of 40 for Part 2 and a minimum of 40 for Part 4 every five years. The additional 20 points may be earned in either Part 2 or Part 4 activities. You can complete your Part 2 and Part 4 activities any time during your 5-year MOC cycle. At the end of each cycle, you will enroll again, pay the fee to begin your next MOC activity/points cycle, and submit attestation of your valid, unrestricted medical license.
To see your specific MOC requirements and deadlines, log into your ABP Portfolio.
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*To maintain certification in Pediatric Transplant Hepatology, diplomates must also maintain certification in Pediatric Gastroenterology.