MOC DR FAQ
FAQs: Questions About MOC for Diagnostic Radiology
Category I. Why does the ABR have an MOC program, and why should I participate?
Category . What do MOC annual fees cover?
Category III. Who may participate?
Category I. Why does the ABR have an MOC program and why should I participate?
Category II. What do MOC annual fees cover?
Category III. Who may participate?
Diplomates with time-limited certificates or continuous certificates issued in 2012 or thereafter:
- I am a physician in an administrative position and my direct patient care is very limited or is nonexistent. Does this exclude me from the MOC process?
- I plan to retire before the expiration of my current certificate. Must I participate in MOC?
Diplomates with lifetime certificates:
- Since I passed the initial board examinations in diagnostic radiology before 2002 and have a lifetime certificate, must I participate in the MOC process?
- I am a lifetime certificate holder. If I enter the MOC program, how long does it take to get an MOC certificate? If I don't meet all requirements, do I lose my lifetime certificate?
Diplomates with subspecialty certificates and initial lifetime certificates:
- I obtained my subspecialty certificate (formerly certificate of added qualification, or CAQ) before 2002. Is that a lifetime certificate?
- I have a lifetime certificate in diagnostic radiology. Since I am always going to be certified, why should I renew my time-limited subspecialty certificate, or my continuous subspecialty certificate issued in 2012 and thereafter?
Category IV. What are the requirements?
- As a -limited certificate holder, on one who has a continuous certificate issued in 2012 and thereafter, what do I have to do for MOC?
- When does the MOC requirements "clock” start ticking?
- Is maintenance of cognitive expertise in all 11 ABR categories really viable for a practicing radiologist?
- What is the basic structure of the MOC program and requirements?
- What licensure requirements are related to the first part of MOC?
- What CME and SA-CME requirements are related to the second part of MOC?
- What exam requirements are related to the third part of MOC?
- What Practice Quality Improvement (PQI) project requirements are related to the fourth part of MOC?
- What if I am living and practicing in Canada and participate in the Canadian Continuing Professional Development Program?
Category V. What happens if I don't meet all the requirements?
- What happens to a time-limited certificate, or a continuous certificate issued in 2012 and thereafter, if all MOC requirements are not satisfied?
- What if I get behind on my CME, SA-CME, or PQI? Can I lose my certificate?
- How will I know if I'm behind on my requirements?
- What if I fail the exam?
Category VI. What if I have multiple certificates?
- If I have more than one time-limited and/or continuous certificate issued in 2012 and thereafter, what do I need to do? Are my requirements and fees doubled?
- I am a lifetime-certified diagnostic radiologist with a time-limited or continuous subspecialty certificate. If I enroll voluntarily for my lifetime certificate, and participate as required for my time-limited or continuous certificate, will I have to pay two MOC fees-one for the diagnostic radiology certification, and one for the subspecialty?
- If I have two different MOC cycles, one for my neuro certificate and one for my peds certificate, how can I have only one set of requirements?
- Will I receive just one MOC certificate, or one for each area in which I have an initial certificate?