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MOC for Residents

While in training, residents can now earn Maintenance of Certification (MOC) Part 4 credit that they can “bank” for use once they’re certified.

As of Spring 2015, residents will be able to earn MOC credit for ABP-approved quality improvement work completed during residency. They can then apply credit earned toward their first MOC cycle once they pass their initial American Board of Pediatrics (ABP) examination.  QI projects that residents participate in to meet their ACGME requirements may also qualify for ABP credit. 

How it Works

Residents register on the ABP website for their ABP Portfolio after their first in-training exam, any time after November of their PL1 year.

As part of the MOC for Residents program, residents have full access to all ABP-developed activities, including Self-Assessment (Part 2) and Part 4 activities. However, residents can only earn bankable credit for Part 4 activities.

They can receive credit by:

  •  Participating in an ABP-approved institutional QI project 
  • Participating in online ABP Performance Improvement Modules (PIMs)
  •  Other approved online modules (such as AAP EQIPP)
  • Publication/presentation of QI articles and posters
  • Residents may also submit their own projects for ABP approval  

At the end of residency, upon passing the initial certification exam, residents become ABP certified and enter into their first 5-year MOC activities cycle. Any previously-banked credit is then added to their portfolio and counts towards their MOC requirements.

Fellows in an ACGME-approved fellowship program who have not yet passed their initial General Pediatrics certifying exam are also eligible to participate in MOC for Residents program. Fellows who have already passed the general pediatrics exam are already certified and all MOC activities will earn credit. 

If you have any additional questions, please feel free to email moc@abpeds.org