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Program Requirements, Re-Entry, & Accommodations

MOC Component
 MOC Years 1-5
MOC Year 6
Professionalism &
Professional Standing
If requested, submit medical license(s) and outpatient practice attestation.If requested, submit medical license(s) and outpatient practice attestation.
Lifelong Learning &
Self-Assessment

Read 30 articles in any category and answer 120 questions; 2 articles must be completed in the Patient Safety Category.

Read 30 articles in any category and answer 120 questions; 2 articles must be completed in the Patient Safety Category.

Assessment, of Knowledge, Judgement,& SkillsNot required.

If eligible for pilot program, choose to participate and be exempt from the exam.

If ineligible for pilot, pass the computer-based exam.

Improvement in Medical Practice

Start one activity per year; complete Phase 2 of activity started in previous year (if unfinished).

Complete Phase 2 of activity started in previous year (if unfinished). No new activity required.

 

Single Subspecialty
MOC Component
 MOC Years 1-5
MOC Year 6
Professionalism &
Professional Standing
If requested, submit medical license(s) and outpatient practice attestation.If requested, submit medical license(s) and outpatient practice attestation.
Lifelong Learning &
Self-Assessment
Read 20 articles in subspecialty category and 10 articles from any other category and answer 120 questions; 2 articles must be completed in the Patient Safety Category.Read 20 articles in subspecialty category and 10 articles from any other category and answer 120 questions.; 2 articles must be completed in the Patient Safety Category.
Assessment, of Knowledge, Judgement,& SkillsNot required.

If eligible for pilot program, choose to participate and be exempt from the exam.

If ineligible for pilot, pass the computer-based exam.

Improvement in Medical Practice

Start one activity per year; complete Phase 2 of activity started in previous year (if unfinished).

Complete Phase 2 of activity started in previous year (if unfinished). No new activity required.


 

Dual Subspecialty (Triple-Certified)
MOC Component
 MOC Years 1-5
MOC Year 6
Professionalism &
Professional Standing
If requested, submit medical license(s) and outpatient practice attestation.If requested, submit medical license(s) and outpatient practice attestation.
Lifelong Learning &
Self-Assessment
Read 10 articles in the first subspecialty category; read 10 articles in the second subspecialty category; and 10 articles in any other category and answer 120 questions; 2 articles must be completed in the Patient Safety Category.

Read 10 articles in the first subspecialty category; read 10 articles in the second subspecialty category; and 10 articles in any other category and answer 120 questions; 2 articles must be completed in the Patient Safety Category.

Assessment, of Knowledge, Judgement,& SkillsNot required.

If eligible for pilot program, choose to participate and be exempt from the exam.

If ineligible for pilot, pass the computer-based exam.

Improvement in Medical Practice

Start one activity per year; complete Phase 2 of activity started in previous year (if unfinished).

Complete Phase 2 of activity started in previous year (if unfinished). No new activity required.


Diplomates in Non-Clinical Positions


If you're in a non-clinical position (e.g., deans, administrators, researchers, individuals on sabbaticals, etc.), you can request to maintain certification by completion of MOC Parts I, II, III, and IV. ABOG must be notified of your status and approve any requests for exemption from Part IV requirements.

If you receive an exemption from Part IV requirements, you can be designated as ABOG-certified but currently not be in the active practice of medicine. If you return to active clinical practice, ABOG may be petitioned to remove the designation.


Diplomates Who Are Temporarily Clinically Inactive or Retired from Clinical Practice


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 6-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 Examination or may be eligible to participate in the MOC Pilot Program.

If you're an inactive, retired physician who only wishes to participate in MOC Part II to gain AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™, 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 participation 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 6-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 participation in voluntary MOC will be designated as MOC Year 1.
  • In MOC Year 6, you'll be required to pass the Part III MOC Examination.

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

Re-Entry Process

If you lose Diplomate status by failure to complete the MOC process in any year, you must apply for, take, and pass a secure, computer-based re-entry examination, unless your certificate has been expired for 6 or more years. You are also required to complete your MOC assignments the same year that certification is regained. There will be a combined fee for the re-entry process that includes the examination and MOC.


Re-Establishment of Status

If you hold a certificate that has been expired for 6 or more years, you must complete the Specialty Qualifying and Certifying Examinations to re-establish your Diplomate status. Click through and select tab titled "Ineligibility and Expired Certificates" for specifics.

ABOG offers accommodations for those in need due to disability in accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) or for those who are lactating and require a break during the Maintenance of Certification Year 6 exam. See below for guidance for both disability and for lactation accommodations. To request accommodations or for questions about accommodations, email moc@abog.org


Exam Accommodations for Diplomate Disability


ABOG provides reasonable accommodations in accordance with The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) as amended by the ADA Amendments Act of 2013 (ADAAA) (collectively the ADA). Therefore, ABOG will provide or allow the use of necessary auxiliary aids, services, or testing conditions that do not fundamentally alter the measurement of the skills or knowledge the Board assessment program and examination is intended to test.


Definition and Purpose


  • The ADA defines a person with a disability as someone with a physical or mental impairment that substantially limits one or more major life activities, such as walking, standing, seeing, hearing, eating, sleeping, speaking, breathing, learning, reading, concentrating, thinking, communicating, or working.
  • The purpose of accommodations is to provide equal access to ABOG exams for all individuals.
  • Accommodations offset the identified functional limitation so that the impact of impairment is minimized by means of an auxiliary aid or an adjustment to the testing procedure. Functional limitation refers to the aspects of a disability that interfere with an individual’s ability to function in some capacity on a regular and continuing basis.

Notification and Documentation Requirements


  • ABOG will not exclude you from the Part III examination solely because of a disability if ABOG is provided with notice of the disability in time to permit ABOG to make such adjustments in the exam as are reasonably necessary to accommodate the disability.
  • You must provide sufficient documentation to permit ABOG to verify the existence, nature, and extent of the disability no fewer than 90 days prior to the date of the MOC Part III Examination if special testing accommodations under the ADA are needed. This deadline is necessary in order to allow ABOG to request the required documentation, to review the records, and to verify the disability, if necessary.
  • Accommodations will only be considered with appropriate documentation. The documentation must specify the requirements or accommodations determined to be necessary to overcome or compensate for the disability.
  • In addition, you must supply any additional information ABOG may subsequently request in a timely manner.
  • The purpose of documentation is to validate that an applicant for test accommodations is a disabled individual as defined by the ADA and to provide guidance in determining effective accommodations.
  • Comprehensive information by a qualified professional is necessary to allow ABOG to understand the nature and extent of your disability and the resulting functional impairment that limits access to its exams. It is essential that your documentation provide a clear explanation of the functional impairment and a rationale for the requested accommodation.

Limitations


  • You will not be offered an accommodation that would compromise the exam’s ability to test accurately the skills and knowledge it purports to measure, and no auxiliary aid or service will be provided which will fundamentally alter the exam or will result in an undue burden to ABOG.
  • If any of the requirements cannot reasonably be provided, ABOG will notify you and will indicate those alternative accommodations which ABOG determines to be appropriate in consideration of the disability claimed and documented, and the integrity of the exam.

Re-Examination


  • If you fail to notify ABOG of a disability 90 days before the exam and fail to achieve a passing grade, you may not appeal the results of the exam. You'll be entitled to sit for the next regularly scheduled written examination but must pay a new application and examination fee.
  • If you claim that your exam results were adversely affected by illness, injury, or other temporary physical impairment at the time of the examination, you may not appeal the results of the exam. However, if you provide sufficient evidence of such illness, injury, or impairment, you will be entitled to sit for the next regularly scheduled written examination but must pay a new application and examination fee.


Lactation


If you are lactating, you may request a 30-minute break and extension of your examination.

  • You must notify the ABOG office no later than 90 days prior to the test and schedule at a Pearson VUE test center by the same date.
  • If requests are received less than 90 days before the exam, ABOG cannot guarantee that it will be possible to schedule an extended test.
  • Most Pearson VUE test centers have only one room that is available for breast pumping, so you're encouraged to make your reservations as soon as you receive approval for the test, as these rooms will be assigned on a “first-come, first-served” basis.