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Posted on May 29, 2020


The incentivized articles mean that you will have fewer articles to read to complete your 2020 MOC requirements. Each incentivized article will have 8 questions (instead of 4) to answer, helping you complete the articles requirement more quickly. Specialists and subspecialists will be able to complete their 2020 assignments with the May release of incentivized articles. Given that, there will not be an August article release.

Example: if you have read 10 articles and answered 40 questions already, you will only have 10 incentivized articles left to read for the year and 80 questions to complete. Normally you would need to read 20 articles to answer 80 questions.  

No. If you completed the article and question requirements and received the Practice Improvement credit, you should find your 2020 MOC Completion Letter located in the “My Files” section of your Diplomate Dashboard in the ABOG Portal. Select your name in the top, right hand corner of your Diplomate Dashboard then select “My Files”. 

Please contact moc@abog.org if you have questions or are not sure of your current MOC Program status.

No. Although ABOG will typically release a few incentivized articles based on emerging topics, the May release was deemed as incentivized in its entirety due the COVID-19 pandemic. It has been implemented to assist ABOG Diplomates finish their assignments more quickly. Should there be a continuation of a similar unprecedented event in 2021, ABOG will consider similar measures again. 

Yes, an 80% or better overall score is still required to consider the articles requirement completed successfully and to retain certification status. Please note that you have two attempts to achieve the 80% MOC requirement.

No. As long as you score 86% or higher on your first submission responses (cumulative for Years 1-5 and also maintain 86% or higher for Year 6), you will have the option to opt out of taking the Year 6 Exam.

Yes. There will be eight incentivized articles that will be released this year that are related to COVID-19. You can find six COVID-19 incentivized articles in the Emerging Topics category and two COVID-19 incentivized articles in the MFM category.

Yes. You can continue to read articles in the article list even after you complete your MOC requirements by clicking on the article title. Article questions cannot be viewed after you have completed the 120 required questions unless you purchase the extra CME option. You may purchase extra CME by emailing moc@abog.org. We will add it to your dashboard. Please note that extra CME scores will not go toward your Performance Pathway or general MOC percentages for the year.

Yes, it is possible. Please contact moc@abog.org about this. Due to several factors, including geographic location, the Pearson VUE testing facilities may or may not be opened near you for you to take the Re-entry Exam. Please note, you must also have an active and unrestricted license to regain board certification.

For more information, please refer to the ABOG Re-entry process found in the 2020 MOC Bulletin, in the Expired Certificates section.

Potentially, depending on your geographical location.

Many testing sites are beginning to allow exams to be scheduled again while some Pearson VUE facilities remain closed due to precautionary measures. You can read more about this on the Pearson Vue website.

You may schedule or register online at Pearson VUE or call 888-235-7650 for telephone registration.

If you have questions regarding your examination or need help, please contact moc@abog.org

No additional action is needed. The 2020 MOC credit granted by ABOG is for the Practice Improvement (formerly known as MOC Part 4: Improvement in Medical Practice) activity. If you had already completed your Practice Improvement activity for 2020 prior to ABOG granting the credit, you will automatically have this credit applied for you for 2021. 

Please contact moc@abog.org with information about your situation as soon as possible so we can discuss options with you. Please allow up to 4 weeks after you contact us for review of your case through the ABOG Credentials Subcommittee.