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INTRODUCTION

Maintenance of Certification (MOC) is an integral part of the quality movement in healthcare. Patients, your physician peers, and your colleagues all value MOC because it demonstrates your support for continuous quality improvement, professional development, and quality patient care.

The American Board of Radiology has a history of ensuring the excellence of professionals who practice in our field. As clinical applications, technologies, and methodologies continue to expand and develop, we recognize that lifelong learning is critical to ensure that new information and knowledge are incorporated into routine clinical practice. All ABR volunteers, including governors and trustees, participate in MOC.

In 2012, the ABR implemented a new MOC process, known as Continuous Certification, for all participating MOC diplomates. Every year on March 2, the ABR reviews the previous three calendar years to determine if each diplomate is meeting the requirements of MOC. For more information about Continuous Certification, click here.
 

WHO PARTICIPATES IN MAINTENANCE OF CERTIFICATION?

Maintenance of Certification is for ABR-certified diplomates who are required to participate in order to maintain certification, or for lifetime certificate holders who voluntarily enroll to participate.

When new diplomates are INITIALLY CERTIFIED, they are automatically enrolled in the MOC program.

Diplomates with a SUBSPECIALTY certificate in neuroradiology, nuclear radiology, pediatric radiology, or vascular/interventional radiology also are automatically enrolled in the MOC program.

Diplomates who hold LIFETIME certificates must voluntarily enroll in the program to begin the MOC process. Click here for more information.
 

WHAT ARE THE SIX ESSENTIAL COMPETENCIES OF MOC?

The MOC program evaluates, on a continuous basis, the SIX ESSENTIAL COMPETENCIES as defined by the Accreditation Council on Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) and the American Board of Medical Specialties (ABMS):

  • Medical knowledge
  • Patient care and procedural skills
  • Interpersonal and communication skills
  • Professionalism
  • Practice-based learning and improvement
  • Systems-based practice
     

WHAT ARE THE FOUR PARTS OF MOC?

MOC uses FOUR PARTS to evaluate the six competencies:

  • Part 1: Professional Standing
  • Part 2: Lifelong Learning and Self-Assessment
  • Part 3: Cognitive Expertise
  • Part 4: Practice Quality Improvement (PQI)

Requirements for competencies and the four parts of MOC depend on your practice area. For more detailed information, check the menu at the upper right for your area of interest.

The MOC Continuous Certification Policy also provides detailed guidelines for evaluating acceptable participation.
 

RESOURCES

Three brochures on MOC, which are updated frequently, are available at the links below. 

OPTIONAL BENEFITS FOR GROUP PRACTICES

MOC Team Tracker is a new online program, developed by the ABR, to assist MOC participants in group practices with their attestation “bookkeeping.” Groups (two or more ABR diplomates) may designate authorized group practice administrators to sign on myABR and manage the input of MOC participation data for the group’s members. More information and instructions for enrolling can be found at www.theabr.org/moc-team-tracker.

Whole Practice MOC Discount Pilot Program offers a group-wide discount of 10 percent on the current year’s annual MOC fees. To qualify for the discount in 2014, all eligible participants must be enrolled in MOC, opt in to MOC Team Tracker, and pay all outstanding fees. Further details and requirements can be found at www.theabr.org/moc-whole-practice-discount.

If you have questions about either program, please send an email to MOCTeamTracker@theabr.org.