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MOC for Residents and Fellows

Residents can now “bank” Maintenance of Certification (MOC) Part 4 credit that they will be able to apply to their MOC requirements once they’re certified.

As of Spring 2015, you will be able to earn MOC credit for approved quality improvement work you’re already doing during residency. Once you pass your initial American Board of Pediatrics (ABP) examination, you will be enrolled in MOC and need to earn MOC points to maintain your certification. Your “Banked” credit will count!

How it Works

You register for your ABP Portfolio any time after November of your PL1 year.

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

You can receive credit by:

  •  Leading or participating in an ABP-approved institutional QI project 
  • Participating in online ABP Performance Improvement Modules (PIMs)
  •  Other approved online modules (such as AAP EQIPP)
  • You can even submit your own projects for ABP approval  

Our new Motivational Interviewing PIM (ABP Portfolio account required) allows both you and faculty to work together and earn your MOC credit. Using feedback from patients, parents and observers, you will learn how specific strategies can be used to influence patient behavior and promote healthier actions with the intent of reducing chronic and preventable diseases.

If you wish to complete this activity along with faculty as a team, each person must enroll in this activity individually.

For QI projects already approved by the ABP, you’ll submit an MOC attestation form, specific to your project, when the QI work is completed. You can find your personalized attestation form under the project name at abp.org.

Upon passing the initial certification exam and becoming board certified, you enter into your first 5-year MOC activities cycle. Any previously-banked credit is then added to your MOC Part 4 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