Residents and Fellows

Residents and most fellows* who participate in quality improvement (QI) activities during training and/or prior to passing their General Pediatrics Certifying Examination can earn Maintenance of Certification (MOC) Part 4 credit from the American Board of Pediatrics (ABP) toward their first MOC cycle.

How it Works

Residents register on the ABP website for their ABP Portfolio after their first In-Training Exam (ITE), any time after November of their PL1 year.

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

Learning and self-assessment are parts of a continuous journey made up of distinct activities. Because Part 2 activities are often completed in a few hours, they do not require the same level of commitment as a QI project, and there are countless learning opportunities that provide Part 2 credit, these activities are not bankable.

Physicians can receive MOC Part 4 credit by:

  • Participating in an ABP-approved institutional QI project;
  • Participating in online ABP Performance Improvement Modules (PIMs);
  • Participating in other approved online modules (such as AAP EQIPP); or
  • Submitting their own QI projects for ABP approval.

Upon passing the General Pediatrics Certifying Exam, residents become ABP certified and enter their first five-year MOC activities cycle. Any previously banked Part 4 credit is then added to their ABP Portfolio and counts towards their MOC requirements.

*Fellows in an ACGME-approved fellowship program who have not yet passed their General Pediatrics Certifying Exam also are eligible to participate in the MOC for Residents program.



Fellows who have already passed the General Pediatrics Certifying Exam are already certified and will earn MOC credit for participating in MOC activities.



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