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Maintenance of Certification (MOC)

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2014 MOC: PQRS and the MOC Matters Website
Visit the MOC Matters Website to fulfill and document your 2014 MOC and PQRS requirements. It consists of the MOC: PQRS Attestation Module, the PQRS Registry Module and the Patient Experience of Care Survey Module. As an added feature, the freestanding Patient Survey Module is available to diplomates of all Member Boards, whether or not the diplomates are participating in MOC:PQRS. The Website also includes an updated MOC:PQRS Facts & FAQs.
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Candidates in Psychiatry
Candidates are those in the field of Psychiatry, who are seeking ABPN Board Certification. All candidates will need to complete and submit an application in order to qualify for an examination. Each application will be reviewed by the credentials department. Candidates become diplomates after passing their examination. Diplomates will then begin the process of maintenance of certification.

Subspecialties in psychiatry include; addiction psychiatry, brain injury medicine, child and adolescent psychiatry, clinical neurphysiology, forensic psychiatry, geriatric psychiatry, hospice and palliative medicine, pain medicine, psychosomatic medicine, and sleep medicine.

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Candidates in 2013 Psychiatry Certification

For residents who began training as a PGY-1 on July 1, 2007 or as a PGY-2 on July 1, 2008:
The Psychiatry Part II (oral) examination will be eliminated. The Psychiatry certification process will consist of a single computerized examination (Psychiatry Certification Examination); first administration in 2011.

The Psychiatry Certification Examination is a 500-item, multiple-choice examination administered via computer at Pearson VUE testing centers. Duration of the examination is nine-and-one-half hours, including a 45-minute break and onscreen instructions before both the morning and afternoon sections of the examination. The Board advises applicants, in writing, of acceptance to the examination.

Sample Screens
Sample screens are available for viewing the new psychiatry certification examination. [more]

Video Vignette sample in Psychiatry
A 49-year-old married man is evaluated for stress at work. [more]

Candidates in Psychiatry Part I and II

For residents who began training as a PGY-1 before July 1, 2007 or as a PGY-2 before July 1, 2008:
To become Board certified in Psychiatry, candidates must pass both the Part I (computer-administered) and Part II (oral) examinations. Candidates who do NOT pass the Psychiatry Part I examination in 2013* or before or who do NOT complete the certification process by December 31, 2016, will be required to submit documentation of satisfactory performance in the evaluation of clinical skills completed by the current Program Director of an ACGME-accredited program as part of the ABPN credentialing process. In addition, such candidates will be required to pass the new Psychiatry Certification Examination.

* Note: The 2013 Part I examination will not be available for first-time takers. The current format Part I examination will be eliminated after 2013.

Changes in Psychiatry Examinations Effective May 2006. Psychiatry Part II examination changes became effective with the May 2006 examination. A vignette section replaced the former audiovisual hour.

The approximately one-hour long clinical vignette section will consist of four vignettes. The vignette cases may be presented in a written format or a short video clip. Candidates will be examined by one or more examiners with particular reference to the content of the vignettes. These discussions may also include other clinical topics.

Sample Part II Score Cards for Psychiatry Examinations
Sample Questions for Part I Examinations

Video Vignette sample in Psychiatry Part II
This 23-year-old woman came to the ER because she felt like killing herself. [more]