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Earning ABP MOC Credit for ACGME Program Evaluation and Improvement

Wednesday, February 3, 2016 - 13:15

Joint Communication from ABP and ACGME

The American Board of Pediatrics (ABP) is now offering Part 4 Maintenance of Certification (MOC) credit to program directors, faculty, residents and fellows who engage in quality improvement to address areas that were identified during the program’s annual program evaluation or the self-study. 

The Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) requires all programs to complete an annual program evaluation, and requires programs on continued accreditation to conduct a more comprehensive self-study every 10 years. The ACGME’s Next Accreditation System (NAS) places greater emphasis on program self-evaluation with the goal of improvement, with both the annual program evaluation and the self-study intended to facilitate this improvement. The overall approach in the NAS is well aligned with ABP Part 4 MOC activities, which focus on physicians’ activities to improve practice, with the goal of improving patient care.

The rationale for the expansion of MOC Part 4 activities from solely clinical practice improvement to educational practice improvement is based on a belief that improving trainee learning and assessment, will ultimately result in improved education, and, ultimately, improved care to patients served by the graduates of accredited programs. The idea for this specific activity emerged from leadership of the Association of Pediatric Program Directors (APPD) and this group has been instrumental in working with ABP on the development of a template to document a program’s improvement work.

The link to the template can be obtained below, along with instructions for completing the form and submitting it to ABP.


In an effort to reduce burden and facilitate improvement, the ACGME will support the use of these forms in program improvement. Outcomes of improvement efforts resulting from the annual program evaluation and the self-study that are reported to ABP via these forms can be easily transferred to the ACGME templates programs use for reporting improvement outcomes from their self-study. Reporting on programs’ quality improvement outcomes is an essential component of the reporting for the 10-year accreditation site visit that follows the self-study.  

The ACGME and ABP will be working with the APPD and the Council of Pediatric Subspecialties (CoPS) to inform all program directors and associate program directors about this opportunity, which will satisfy ACGME requirements and earn Part 4 ABP MOC credit for improving residency and fellowship programs.  Both organizations are enthusiastic about this collaboration with APPD and CoPs and the pediatrics community as a whole. 

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