Maintenance of Certification

  • » Please see also our announcement of July 7 regarding changes to the ABS MOC Program, as well as our Nov. 3 update.

What is MOC?

  • The ABS Maintenance of Certification (MOC) Program documents a surgeon's ongoing commitment to professionalism, lifelong learning and practice improvement following initial certification. Through MOC, ABS diplomates engage in continuous learning and assessment activities.
  • ABS MOC is a national, surgeon-defined program for staying up to date in surgical practice. The ABS is working with surgical specialty societies to ensure it is relevant to all practice areas, and is coordinating its requirements with those of other regulatory organizations.

When Do I Start?

  • Diplomates are automatically enrolled in the ABS MOC Program once they successfuly certify or recertify in any ABS specialty. MOC requirements begin the January 1 following the academic year of the exam that enrolled you in MOC. For example, if you passed a General Surgery Certifying Exam in October of 2017, MOC begins for you as of January 1, 2019.

Why Now?

  • Board certification is considered to be the gold standard in assuring a surgeon has acquired and is sustaining a high level of knowledge, skill and professionalism. MOC will help ensure that board certification by the ABS remains a recognized, surgeon-defined standard of quality. MOC will provide diplomates with greater opportunities for learning and assessment, while giving patients further assurance that an ABS-certified surgeon is providing safe, effective care.

Staying in Contact

  • The ABS will keep diplomates informed about MOC through its newsletters and email updates, and will contact you directly by mail and email when submission of information is due. Please keep your contact information up to date through My Records.
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