Part 3: Assessment of Knowledge, Judgment,
Last verified on February 12, 2020
Part 3 requires passing the most recent summative decision for the Online Longitudinal Assessment (OLA) or having passed a traditional exam in the previous 5 years. In May 2016, the ABR announced its plans to move away from the 10-year exam to OLA.
Those who needed to pass an MOC Exam by March 2, 2017, were still required to take and pass the exam in 2016 to meet the Part 3 requirement. Diplomates are limited to three attempts if taking the traditional exam to satisfy Part 3 of MOC. All other diplomates in all the ABR’s disciplines have been deferred from completing the Part 3 until OLA is available in their discipline. (This does not include Hospice and Palliative Medicine and Pain Medicine subspecialties because those are administered by other boards.)
Individual diplomates can determine their need to take the current MOC exam by logging in to myABR
Overview of the OLA Process
Within the OLA product, diplomates create a practice profile of the subspecialty areas that most closely fit what they do in practice, as they previously did for the ABR’s modular MOC exams. They are provided two question opportunities each week, relevant to their selected practice profile. Question opportunities will be available for four weeks to allow maximum diplomate flexibility.
After opening a question, diplomates are allowed a limited amount of time to answer the question and they learn immediately whether they answered correctly. In addition, they receive a brief explanation of the correct answer, as well as a reference.
OLA is designed to have minimal impact on a diplomate’s workday and requires no time away from work or travel expense. The potential for retesting areas of weakness provides a further opportunity for diplomates’ self-assessment of their professional growth.
OLA became available to all diagnostic radiology diplomates in early 2019. OLA for radiation oncology, medical physics, and interventional radiology diplomates followed in 2020.
To ensure their certificates remain valid, diplomates must continue meeting requirements for Parts 1, 2, and 4 of MOC and make their yearly attestations in myABR
. The ABR will post information, on the ABR website and will periodically report progress regarding this change through its existing communications. Any major developments will be announced as needed through direct diplomate notifications.
The ABR has also posted Frequently Asked Questions about OLA
If you need more information about the traditional MOC exam, please click here.