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The completion of Part 2 and 4 activities is a requirement of the Maintenance of Certification (MOC) process. Many of these activities are available to physicians seeking to fulfill this requirement through sponsor organizations.
Sponsor organizations are permanent, identifiable entities external to the ABP. Activities developed by such organizations are approved through a formal review process.
These organizations include:
Sponsor organizations may develop Part 2 and 4 activities or a combination of both.
MOC Part 2 activities are Web-based activities that fulfill the lifelong learning requirement for MOC.
MOC Part 4 activities are either Web-based activities or quality improvement (QI) projects that are focused on improving professional practice. Physicians must attest to Meaningful Participation as part of a QI Project. Meaningful Participation is defined by the ABP as involving both an active role in the project, and participation over an appropriate period of time. The ABP approves QI projects in which pediatricians are active participants in implementing change.
The pediatrician must:
Organizations may apply to have completed, ongoing, or new activities approved for MOC credit. Once an organization's application has been reviewed and its activity approved, the organization is then referred to as a "Sponsor Organization." Sponsors may have multiple activity approvals.
Read a more detailed overview of the sponsor activity approval process.
In an effort to reduce the application burden and costs for organizations, the ABP has developed the Pediatric Portfolio Sponsor Program for organizations that are managing many MOC-approved QI projects.
As an approved Portfolio Sponsor, organizations evaluate their own quality improvement (QI) projects against the ABP standards and approve QI projects internally for MOC credit.
The Pediatric Portfolio Sponsor Program applies to practice-related QI efforts-not to Web-based modules or Part 2 self-assessment activities.
Read a more detailed overview of the Pediatric Portfolio Sponsor Program.
The Multi-Specialty MOC Portfolio Approval Program (Portfolio Program) offers a single process for healthcare organizations to support physician involvement in quality improvement and MOC across multiple ABMS specialties.
This pathway offers a streamlined approach for organizations that sponsor and support multiple, well-designed QI efforts involving physicians across multiple specialties to work with ABMS member boards to grant MOC Part 4 credit to physicians who are involved in those improvement efforts.
Read a more detailed overview of the Multi-Specialty MOC Portfolio Approval Program.