Understanding MOC Requirements

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What is my status and what do I need to do?


Board certified before 1990 (grandparent)

•Certification is valid indefinitely.

•Must be enrolled in the ABIM MOC program to be reported as "Participating in MOC". If not, designated as "Certified, Not Participating in MOC."


Board certified after 1990 (before 2014)*

•Certified until current certification expires.

•Must enroll in the ABIM MOC Program and complete at least one ABIM-approved activity every 2 years. Every 5 years, a total of 100 MOC points must be earned.

•Take recertification exam every 10 years (whenever certification expires).

•By December 31, 2018 and every five years thereafter, earn 100 points. The points earned every two years will count toward the five-year requirement and will also count toward the milestones for the certifications you are maintaining.


Newly certified (2014 and after)*

•Must enroll in the ABIM MOC Program and complete at least one ABIM-approved activity every 2 years. Every 5 years, a total of 100 MOC points must be earned.

•Take recertification exam every 10 years (whenever certification expires).

•Continuous participation in an MOC activity is required to remain certified. 

•By December 31, 2018 and every five years thereafter, earn 100 points. The points earned every two years will count toward the five-year requirement and will also count toward the milestones for the certifications you are maintaining.


* The ABIM is not currently requiring the Practice Assessment, Patient Voice and Patient Safety program. This means that no Diplomate will have his or her certification status changed for not having completed activities in these areas at this time. However, those who have participated in QI activities approved for MOC may still get points from the ABIM.


Questions should be directed to ascou@asco.org.

 

Additional Note

ASCO and ABIM are collaborating to produce oncology topic-specific assessments which will start to become available in 2020. Information can be found at ASCO Connection and additional details will be announced in early 2019.