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Information for Inactive or Retired Diplomates

Diplomates with Non-Time-Limited Certification

 

If you have a non-time-limited certificate and retire from active clinical practice, you need to notify ABOG of this transition. You'll then be listed as an inactive board-certified physician who will be designated as not required to meet MOC requirements.

 

As an inactive, retired diplomate, you can request to participate in MOC.

  • You must pay the appropriate MOC fees and complete MOC Parts I, II, and III assignments each year, as appropriate for a six-year MOC cycle.
  • You'll be designated as participating in MOC.
  • In MOC Year 6, you'll be required to pass the Part III MOC exam or may be eligible to participate in the MOC Performance Pathway (pilot) program.

 

If you're an inactive, retired physician who only wishes to participate in MOC Part II to gain AMA PRA Category 1 Creditâ„¢, please contact ABOG for approval. Participation in Part II alone will not meet the criteria for designation as meeting MOC requirements.

 

 

Diplomates with Time-Limited Certification

 

If you're clinically inactive temporarily or take leave from your practice for medical, family, or personal reasons, you may request to participate in MOC without hospital privileges or an outpatient practice.

  • You'll pay the necessary MOC fees, request approval for an exemption from MOC Part IV, and complete MOC Parts I, II, and III assignments each year.
  • You must have an active medical license to practice in at least one state.
  • You will be participating in MOC.
  • Failure to complete the yearly MOC requirements during the temporary inactivity will result in expiration of certification.
  • When you re-enter clinical practice, you need to notify ABOG, meet the MOC eligibility requirements, and resume participating in MOC Part IV.

 

If you have a time-limited certificate and retire from clinical practice, you need to notify ABOG of this transition.

  • You'll then be listed as an inactive, retired physician.
  • You'll be designated as not required to participate in MOC.
  • Failure to notify ABOG at retirement and/or failure to continue the MOC process will result in expiration of certification.

 

If you're an inactive physician who re-enters practice, you must notify ABOG of that transition.

  • As an inactive physician with prior time-limited certification who has not participated in MOC, you'll be required to regain certification through the re-entry process.
  • You'll then be eligible to re-enter the process in MOC Year 1.

 

If you're a retired diplomate, you may request to participate in MOC.

  • You pay the appropriate MOC fees and complete MOC Parts I, II, and III assignments each year as required for a six-year MOC cycle.
  • You must have an active medical license to practice in at least one state.
  • You'll be designated as participating in MOC.
  • The first year of participating in voluntary MOC will designated as MOC Year 1.
  • In MOC Year 6, you'll be required to pass the Part III MOC exam.

 

If you're an inactive, retired physician who wished to participate in Part II to gain AMA PRA Category 1 Creditâ„¢, you need to contact ABOG for approval. Participating in Part II alone will not meet the criteria for designation as meeting MOC requirements.