By Ralph Józefowicz, MD, FAAN
Daniel B. Hier, MD, MBA, FAAN
Maintenance of Certification (MOC) from the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology is a reality and will affect diplomates certified after October 1, 1994. Since the requirements are being phased in over a 10-year period–and since requirements vary according to the year of original certification–there has been some confusion as to what steps diplomates need to take now. Here are eight simple steps to help get you ready.
Visit the AAN.com web area on the MOC.
Find regularly updated helpful information and resources to help you fulfill MOC requirements.
Visit the ABPN web area on the MOC.
Look for late-breaking information on the MOC. Remember, the ABPN is the best source for up-to-date information regarding MOC requirements, which are subject to change. Visit the ABPN website frequently for updated information and inquire with the ABPN directly if you have questions regarding specifics to your certification.
Determine whether you need to participate in the MOC process.
- If you were certified after October 1, 1994, you have a 10-year, time-limited certificate and must participate in the MOC to maintain certification.
- If were certified before October 1, 1994, participation in the MOC is voluntary and your certificate will not lapse.
Determine how many CME credits you need.
The CME requirement has been phased in over a nine-year period.
|Year of Certification||Number of CME hours needed|
Determine how many Self-Assessment (SA) activities you need.
|Year of Certification||Number of SA activities needed for MOC|
Determine how many Performance-In-Practice (PIP) units you need.
|Year of Certification||Number of PIP units needed|
Retain a current unrestricted medical license.
An unrestricted medical license is one of the requirements of the MOC.
Determine in what year you will need to take the ABPN’s MOC Cognitive Examination.
|Year of Certification||Year of MOC Cognitive Exam|
For a handy guide, print out this document and highlight the requirements that you will need to meet, according to your year of certification.
Within the past 24 months, one or both of the authors received personal compensation from Medical Legal Consulting and/or Consulting to Legal Firms regarding medical malpractice issues. In addition, Dr. Hier served as Editor for MDnetguide, and provided expert testimony, prepared a deposition, or acted as a witness or consultant in medical malpractice cases.