MOC DR PQI Guidelines
Maintenance of Certification
Diagnostic Radiology and Its Subspecialties
Guidelines for PQI Projects
PQI projects may be designed by individual radiologists, radiology practice groups or departments, institutions, healthcare systems, or by professional radiology societies. Every radiologist participating may receive PQI credit for the project. Some projects may also offer CME credit through the normal CME approval process.
Because the key competencies to be addressed through PQI projects include systems-based practice, practice-based learning and improvement, and interpersonal/communication skills, the ABR strongly encourages incorporating others involved in providing care to radiology patients into the project team.
Projects selected to meet the practice quality improvement (Part 4) requirement of the ABR's Maintenance of Certification (MOC) program should:
- Be relevant to your practice
- Be achievable in your practice setting
- Produce results that are suited to repeat measurement
- Be reasonably expected to bring about quality improvement
Comprehensive PQI guidelines, organized by topic, are available at the links below.
How to Participate in PQI
- The Plan-Do-Study-Act (PDSA) Cycle
- PQI Participation Choices
- Individual PQI Projects
- Group PQI Projects
- Institutional and Organizational PQI Projects
PQI Project Recording Templates
General PQI Information
The entire guidelines document may be downloaded here: ABR Guide to Practice Quality Improvement.
Remember that you must attest to your PQI activity in myABR. Please click to access myABR.
Further Resources: Some of the topics listed in the section below may be useful as a basis for Practice Quality Improvement (PQI) projects. After selecting a topic that is relevant to your practice, please follow ABR’s PQI guidelines for diagnostic radiology, which can be found on this page and at http://www.theabr.org/moc-dr-comp4. The ABR recommends using one of the PQI Project Recording Templates (see links above) as a resource for completing all the PQI essential elements.
For your reference and for PQI project ideas that may be relevant to your practice, browse the Radiological Society of North America's (RSNA's) Quality Storyboards at www.rsna.org/RSNA_2012_Quality_Storyboards.aspx and www.rsna.org/Quality_Storyboards_2013/.
The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality's (AHRQ's) online database of quality measures can be searched by topic at http://www.qualitymeasures.ahrq.gov/browse/by-topic.aspx:
Diagnostic radiology: http://www.qualitymeasures.ahrq.gov/search/search.aspx?term=diagnostic+radiology
Radiation dose index: http://www.qualitymeasures.ahrq.gov/search/search.aspx?term=radiation+dose+index
Interventional radiology: http://www.qualitymeasures.ahrq.gov/search/search.aspx?term=interventional+radiology
Pediatric radiology: http://www.qualitymeasures.ahrq.gov/search/search.aspx?term=pediatric+radiology