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2013 MOC: PQRS and the MOC Matters Website
Visit the MOC Matters Website to fulfill and document your 2013 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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Application Materials for Vascular Neurology
Candidates can download application materials for their on-line examination and view other important information.

Each year the ABPN provides print publications for each examination that will be offered in the following year. These Information for Applicants publications contain our rules and regulations, requirements for admissions to examinations, examination procedures, specific training requirements, and content descriptions for the examination.

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Application Materials for Vascular Neurology

Initial Certification in Vascular Neurology
Maintenance of Certification in Vascular Neurology

MOC Combined Examinations
MOC Combined examinations allow the Diplomate to select either two or three specialty or subspecialty areas in which they are certified, and take one MOC combined examination instead of two or three separate MOC examinations.

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Applicants with Disabilities
Information for Applicants with Disabilities and Qualifications for Testing Accommodations
http://www.abpn.com/downloads/forms/adaform.pdf

DSM-5 Conversion
Updated February 10, 2014

With the publication of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, Fifth Edition (DSM-5), the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology (ABPN) will adapt its examination specifications and content to conform to DSM-5 classifications and diagnostic criteria for all of its computer-delivered certification and maintenance of certification (MOC) examinations according to the following timeline:

Written examinations administered in 2013 and 2014
Will continue to use DSM-IV-TR classifications and diagnostic criteria

Written examinations administered in 2015 and 2016
Will use classifications and diagnostic criteria that have not changed from DSM-IV-TR to DSM-5, as follows:

1. Diagnoses and diagnosis subtypes from DSM-IV-TR that are obsolete with the publication of DSM-5 will not be tested. Example: Substance-induced mood disorder is obsolete.
2. Diagnoses and diagnosis subtypes in DSM-5 that were not mentioned at all in DSM-IV-TR will not be tested. Example: Cannabis withdrawal is new to DSM-5.
3. Diagnoses that are exactly or substantially the same in both DSM editions will be tested. Diagnoses that are substantially the same are defined as:
(a)  those that have had a name change only
Example: Phonological disorder (DSM-IV) is called speech sound disorder in DSM-5.
Example: Factitious disorder (DSM-IV) is called factitious disorder imposed on self in DSM-5.
(b) those that have been expanded into more than one new diagnosis
Example: Hypochondriasis (DSM-IV) has been expanded into two new diagnoses in DSM-5: somatic symptom disorder and illness anxiety disorder.
(c) those that have been subsumed or combined into a new diagnosis
Example: Alcohol abuse (DSM-IV) and alcohol dependence (DSM-IV) are combined into alcohol use disorder in DSM-5.
For these diagnoses, both DSM-IV-TR and DSM-5 diagnoses will be provided on examinations.

Written examinations administered in 2017
Will use DSM-5 classifications and diagnostic criteria

Oral examinations
Will continue to use DSM-IV-TR classifications and diagnostic criteria


Initial Certification in Vascular Neurology -- Return to top
Applications Available
Apply and Pay Online Only
December 3, 2013
Deadline March 3, 2014
Late Application Deadline May 2, 2014
Application Fee
Examination Fee
Late Application Fee
$700
$1200
$500
Admission Materials Emailed June 6, 2014
2014 IFA download
2014 Content Specifications download
2014 Format and Scoring download
Choice of Dates August 11-15, 2014
Next Choice of Dates 2016
Examination Schedules download

Maintenance of Certification in Vascular Neurology -- Return to top
Applications Available
September 3, 2013
Deadline December 2, 2013
Late Application Deadline January 2, 2014
Application Fee
Examination Fee
Late Application Fee
$700
$800
$500
Admission Materials Emailed February 17, 2014
2014 IFA download
2014 Content Specifications download
2014 Format and Scoring download
Choice of Dates May 12-16, 2014
Next Choice of Dates May 4-8, 2015
Examination Schedules download

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