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Assessment of Knowledge, Judgment, & Skills for MOC

Part 3 of Maintenance of Certification

Assessment of Knowledge, Judgment and Skills (Part III) builds upon and links to the continuous learning and self-assessment requirements of MOC Part II. These standards contribute to better patient care by incorporating an external objective assessment to provide assurance that there has been the necessary commitment to lifelong learning and to remain current in core content of Obstetrics and Gynecology and its subspecialties.

You must pass a secure, computer-based exam in Year 6 of each MOC cycle. If you are in Year 6 of your MOC cycle in 2018, you can earn an option that allows you to opt-out of taking the MOC Exam. Learn more by reviewing the tabbed section titled MOC Pilot Program. 

The 105-minute MOC Exam is administered at Pearson VUE testing centers throughout the United States and is available most days except Sundays and holidays.

Go to Fees for details about exam fees. Take a look at the Practice Test for an exam preview; however, note that the practice test questions are not meant to be interpreted as the actual questions that will be on the exam.

There is no single source that will serve as the basis for all questions on the exam. You're advised to be familiar with the material in the ACOG Compendium of Selected Publications and publications from the appropriate subspecialty societies. General textbooks in Obstetrics and Gynecology, Female Pelvic Medicine and Reconstructive Surgery, Gynecologic Oncology, Maternal-Fetal Medicine and Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility are also good resources for study for examinations.

MOC EXAM BLUEPRINT

Specialist Maintenance of Certification Exam


  • The specialty examination consists of two 50-question selectives chosen by you.
  • The questions will be multiple-choice, one-best-answer type and will be based on common clinical problems.
  • You must answer a minimum of 75 of the 100 questions (75%) correctly to pass the MOC test.
  • In most cases, you will receive your test result within 72 hours of completion of the test. In addition to the total score, you will receive comments concerning your performance on subcategories of the test.     
  • ABOG cannot provide a copy of the questions on the test that were answered incorrectly.
  • Each examination is graded independently of any prior examinations. Answers or scores on prior examinations cannot be applied to or graded as part of a repeat examination.



Subspecialist Maintenance of Certification Exam


All of the above also apply to subspecialists, except for the following areas:

  • The subspecialty exams consist of two 50-question selectives. One selective is in the subspecialty, and one is chosen by you. (See selectives on this webpage under "Test Selectives" tab.)
  • In most cases, you will receive your test result within 72 hours of completion of the test.
  • ABOG cannot provide feedback on the subspecialty selectives in 2018.

You must choose 2 selectives at the time of application. See the choices for Specialty and Subspecialty below.


Specialty

You may choose the same topic from each list.

Selective A (50 questions)

  1. Obstetrics, Gynecology, and Office Practice & Women’s Health
  2. Obstetrics only
  3. Gynecology only
  4. Office Practice and Women's Health only

Selective B (50 questions)

  1. Obstetrics, Gynecology, and Office Practice & Women’s Health
  2. Obstetrics only
  3. Gynecology only
  4. Office Practice and Women's Health only

Examples:

  • A Diplomate practices the full spectrum of Ob Gyn and chooses Selectives A1 and B1.
  • A Diplomate practices the full spectrum of Ob Gyn, but has a large OB practice. Selectives A1 and B2 are chosen.
  • A Diplomate practices as a Laborist. Selectives A2 and B2 are chosen.
  • A Diplomate practices as a Gynecologist. Selectives A3 and B3 are chosen.

Subspecialty


You will have a subspecialty selective and must choose one selective in General Obstetrics and Gynecology at the time of application. The list of choices is shown below:

Subspecialties (50 questions)

  1. Maternal-Fetal Medicine
  2. Gynecologic Oncology
  3. Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility
  4. Female Pelvic Medicine and Reconstructive Surgery

General Obstetrics and Gynecology (50 questions)

  1. Obstetrics, Gynecology, Office Practice, and Women’s Health
  2. Obstetrics only
  3. Gynecology only
  4. Office Practice and Women’s Health only

NEED INFO FROM CARIEL 


New Eligibility Requirement for Board Certification


Dallas, Texas – January 22, 2018 – The American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology (ABOG) announced today that it is adding a new requirement – Fundamentals of Laparoscopic Surgery (FLS™) – for physicians seeking board certification that will ensure that diplomates possess critical skills for the contemporary practice of obstetrics and gynecology (OB-GYN). The new requirement will apply to residents graduating after May 31, 2020.  Read more. 



ABOG Launches Focus 20/20-Specialty Practice Analysis


Dallas, Texas (January 16, 2018) – The American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology (ABOG) has launched a major initiative called FOCUS 20/20 – Practice Analysis. This effort is intended to further elevate and enrich the degrees of relevancy and quality in the composition of ABOG’s specialty qualifying and certifying exams. Read more.