|Maintenance of Certification (CP-MOC)|
|The ABPN MOC Program reflects the Board’s commitment to lifelong learning throughout one’s profession. The mission of the ABPN's Maintenance of Certification (MOC) Program is to advance the clinical practice of psychiatry and neurology by promoting the highest evidence-based guidelines and standards to ensure excellence in all areas of care and practice improvement.
Maintenance of Certification applications are availabe for; Neurology/Child Neurology, Psychiatry, and for Subspecialties; Addiction Psychiatry, Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, Clinical Neurophysiology, Forensic Psychiatry, Geriatric Psychiatry, Neurodevelopmental Disabilities, and Pain Medicine.
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|ABPN Announces New Continuous Pathway to Lifelong Learning Program
* Read Announcement to Diplomates Letter about the new program.
* Download CP-MOC FAQ.
* Download Continuous Certification Approach.
The Continuous Pathway to Lifelong Learning Program (CP-MOC) is a four-part MOC program, where all component requirements must be met to maintain certification. Beginning in 2012, diplomates who pass their initial certification or MOC examination will enter into the Continuous Pathway to Lifelong Learning. Diplomates who passed their initial certification or MOC examination prior to 2012 may elect to participate.
The Program will assist diplomates to comply with Maintenance of Certification (MOC) requirements and timeframes and facilitate the required annual recording and reporting of diplomate MOC participation. Instead of a single fee at the time of the MOC examination, participants in the Continuous Pathway to Lifelong Learning will pay a small annual fee. This annual fee covers participation in the ABPN Physician Folios and includes one MOC cognitive examination in a ten-year period. Less than 10 years of participation, or applying for a modular examination, may require an additional fee.
The focal point of the Continuous Pathway to Lifelong Learning Program is the ABPN Physician Folios, which offers a single source for personalized information regarding certification and MOC status. You must activate a ABPN Physician Folios account on the ABPN website to begin the MOC process.
While passing a cognitive examination is still required at least every ten years, a diplomate's certification status is dependent upon fulfillment of all four MOC Program components (Professional Standing, Self-Assessment and CME, Cognitive Expertise, and Performance in Practice), along with annually logging completed MOC activities into ABPN's Physician Folios and payment of an annual MOC registration fee.Continuous Pathway to Lifelong Learning Program Requirements
* Maintaining an unrestricted license(s) and no restrictions on any license.
* Passing an MOC cognitive examination at least every 10 years for every time-limited certificate.
* Completing MOC activities every 3 years (one stage):
* 24 CME hours of self-assessment activities
* 90 Category 1 CME hours total (including 24 CMEs from SA activities)
* 1 Performance in Practice (PIP) Unit (one clinical module & one feedback module)
One stage of MOC activities (90 Category 1 CME, 24 CME from self-assessment, one PIP Unit) will be waived for Diplomates who complete ACGME-accredited ABPN subspecialty fellowships in 2012 or later and sit for and pass the corresponding ABPN subspecialty examination at the first opportunity after completion of the fellowship.
1. Professional Standing (continuously effective) -- Return to top
To show evidence of professional standing, the ABPN requires that diplomates must hold an active and unrestricted license to practice medicine in at least one state, commonwealth, territory, or possession of the United States or province of Canada. Such license must be maintained even if the physician is out of the country for extended periods of time. All medical licenses must be unrestricted.
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A. Self-Assessment Program
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3. Cognitive Expertise (effective 1994)-- Return to top
Diplomates of the ABPN fulfill the cognitive expertise component by passing a cognitive examination. To sit for a cognitive examination, all current MOC requirements must be satisfied at the time the MOC application is submitted. A passing score on the cognitive examination extends the examination renewal date to December 31, 10 years from the year of the examination. Practice-relevant, clinically oriented, multiple-choice, computer-administered examinations are delivered in over 200 Pearson VUE testing centers throughout the country. To prepare for the MOC cognitive examinations, a diplomate should keep current with research and developments in the respective field, read specialty-specific journals and practice guidelines, and attend relevant CME programs.
4. Performance in Practice (PIP) -- Return to top
The Performance in Practice (PIP) component is a two-part quality improvement program designed for "clinically active" physicians (see definitions below) to participate in practice improvement activities through both chart review and second-party external review. Diplomates will be required to complete one PIP Unit every 3 years, consisting of both a Clinical Module (chart review) and a Feedback Module (Patient/Peer* second-party external review).
A. Clinical Modules (Chart Review) -- Return to top
B. Feedback Modules (Patient** and Peer* Second Party External Reviews) -- Return to top
The ABPN recommends that diplomates allow ample time for completion of PIP Units. It may take diplomates 24 months from the date that the original data is collected from patients and peers to complete one PIP Unit.
The Board may approve additional programs over time. The ABPN reserves the right to approve or reject any course or guideline submitted for approval.
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