What's required for MOC
Medical License: Valid, full and unrestricted medical license (U.S. or Canada).
Diplomates must immediately inform the ABS of any conditions or restrictions in force on any active medical license they hold.
Hospital/Surgical Center Privileges: If clinically active.
If you are clinically inactive or do not otherwise hold privileges, you must provide an explanation on the MOC Status Form.
Professional References: Contact information for the chief of surgery and chair of credentials at the institution where most work is performed, to be entered on the MOC Status Form. Completed reference forms are also required with the 10-year secure exam (Part 3).
If you are clinically inactive or no longer operating, contact information for two supervisors or peers knowledgeable about your current activities is required.
Self-Assessment: At least 60 of the 90 CME credits must include self-assessmenta written or electronic question-and-answer exercise that assesses your understanding of the material in the CME program. A score of 75% or higher must be required on the activity; however there is no minimum number of questions required and repeated attempts are allowed.
Waiving of CME: The ABS will automatically waive 60 credits of CME with self-assessment for achieving ABS certification or recertification. This includes the one that enrolls you in MOCit counts toward your first three-year cycle.
See our MOC Part 2 page for more details and resources.
Secure Examination: Successful completion of a secure MOC (recertification) exam in the specialty, which may first be taken 3 years before certificate expiration.
A complete exam application is required, including a 12-month operative log (case numbers only), reference forms, and CME documentation. Surgeons who no longer operate may submit alternative materials. Diplomates must be in compliance with MOC to be eligible to apply.
MOC exams are offered annually (Dates & Fees). These are the only fees charged for participation in MOC. For diplomates who hold multiple ABS certificates, this is the only requirement that must be repeated for each certificate.
Practice Assessment: Ongoing participation in a local, regional or national outcomes registry or quality assessment program relevant to your practice, either individually or through your institution.
When completing the MOC Status Form after a 3-year cycle, you will describe how you are meeting this requirementno data is collected. See our MOC Part 4 page for more details and resources.
|MOC Year 1|
|MOC Year 2|
|MOC Year 3|
|MOC Years 4-6|
|MOC Years 7-9|
|MOC Years 8-10|
Diplomates with certificates from other ABMS boards or RCPSC must still report to the ABS every 3 years. Activities completed for the MOC programs of other boards or RCPSC that meet ABS requirements may be listed on the ABS' online form for Parts 2 and 4. In addition, if you achieved certification or recertification by another ABMS board during a three-year cycle, you may waive 60 credits of CME with self-assessment for that cycle. Please note that other ABMS boards may have different MOC requirements; there is no automatic reciprocity among boards.
The RCPSC has recognized ABS MOC as equivalent to its MOC program. ABS diplomates who belong to the RCPSC may use the ABS MOC Program to maintain their RCPSC membership.
Fellowships: Diplomates in a fellowship are exempt from Part 2 and Part 4 requirements during their time in training. To qualify for this waiver, the fellowship must be at least 12 months in duration and accredited by the ACGME or a surgical organization with a formal accreditation process (e.g., SSO, ASTS, ACS, Fellowship Council, etc.). Details about the fellowship must be provided on the MOC Status Form required after each 3-year cycle.
The requirements for Parts 2 and 4 must be fulfilled for the remainder of the 3-year cycle. CME and self-assessments credits will be prorated based on the remaining years or months in the cycle.
Clinically Inactive: Diplomates who no longer see patients may still participate in MOCsee Clinically Inactive Policy. Diplomates who still see patients but no longer operate may participate in MOC by fulfilling the requirements in ways relevant to their current activities.
Not Enrolled: Diplomates who are not enrolled in MOC may enroll by taking and passing an MOC (recertification) exam. All application requirements for the exam must be met. Diplomates with time-unlimited certificates will not have their certificate status affected by entering MOC.