As mandated by the American Board of Medical Specialties (ABMS), the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology (ABPN) developed a Maintenance of Certification (MOC) program that includes four components.
Update: ABPN Announces Changes to Its MOC Program
The American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology has announced plans for changes to its MOC program. (September 6, 2017)
The AAN offers the following information and resources to assist members with the ABPN MOC requirements:
- A Neurologist's Guide to MOC
The AAN has created A Neurologist's Guide to MOC outlining:
- The four parts of ABPN MOC requirements
- Who's Who in MOC and MOL
- AAN resources to help you meet your MOC requirements
- An MOC Roadmap to help you determine where you are in MOC
- ABPN Audits: How the AAN Can Help
- The ABPN annually audits 5% of MOC applicants and C-MOC participants, and audits go back up to 10 years.
- Previously available as an optional benefit, the AAN now automatically sends your AAN-specific CME, SA, and PIP credits to the ABPN on a quarterly basis for easy access in your ABPN Physician Folios as “verified” credits. Self-entered (non-AAN) credit activity will not be sent; however a new compiled .pdf Download feature is available in NeuroTrackerTM for easy access for these “non-verified” credits.
- Credits reported directly to the ABPN through a data transfer are considered “verified” and, in the event of an ABPN audit, you would not need to provide documentation for verified credits.
- Any non-AAN credit information that you manually enter in NeuroTrackerTM is considered "unverified." In the event of an audit by the ABPN, you would need to provide documentation for unverified credits.
- The ABC’s of MOC for Neurologists: How the AAN Can Help
In this webinar, A. Gordon Smith, MD, FAAN, chair of the AAN's Education Committee, describes MOC program governance for neurologists and walks through MOC products developed by the AAN to meet MOC requirements.
- ABPN Requirement Part I: Professional Standing
To show evidence of professional standing, the ABPN requires that diplomates must hold an active and unrestricted license to practice medicine in at least one state, commonwealth, territory, or possession of the United States or province of Canada.
Such license must be maintained even if the physician is out of the country for extended periods of time. All medical licenses must be unrestricted.
You'll want to ensure that your licensure information is up-to-date in your ABPN Physician Folios.
- ABPN Requirement Part II: Self-Assessment and CME
- AAN Self-Assessment Resources
- AAN CME Resources
- Starting in 2016: ABPN has a new Patient Safety Course requirement. Read more on ABPN's website.
- COMING SOON: AAN Online Patient Safety Course
- COMING SOON: AAN Online Patient Safety Course
- Gain credit for up to two different types of ABPN's Non-CME Self-assessment Activity Options
- ABPN Requirement Part III: Cognitive Expertise
Diplomates of the ABPN fulfill the cognitive expertise component by passing a cognitive examination prior to the expiration date on their certificates.
To sit for a cognitive examination, all current MOC requirements must be satisfied at the time the MOC application is submitted. A passing score on the cognitive examination automatically enrolls the diplomate into the Continuous Pathway to Lifelong Learning Program.
Practice-relevant, clinically oriented, multiple choice, computer-administered examinations are delivered in over 200 Pearson VUE testing centers throughout the country. To prepare for the MOC cognitive examinations, a diplomate should keep current with research and developments in the respective field, read specialty-specific journals and practice guidelines, and attend relevant CME programs.
MOC Program participation includes meeting all MOC requirements, not just passing the MOC cognitive examination.
AAN Resource: COMING SOON: Online MOC Exam Prep Course
- ABPN Requirement Part IV: Performance in Practice (PIP)
NEW in February 2016: ABPN diplomates now choose ONE Clinical Module OR Feedback Module activity to complete the PIP Unit. Participation in Axon Registry satisfies the Clinical Module requirement. This quality improvement exercise is designed to identify and implement areas for improvement based on the review of one's own patient charts Clinical Module OR feedback from peers or patients via a questionnaire/survey Feedback Module.
PIP Clinical Component
- AAN PIP Resources
PIP Feedback Component
- Resource Links from the ABPN
The ABPN has a number of resources designed to help you navigate maintenance of certification.
- Specialty MOC Exam Application Deadlines, Exam Dates, Format & Scoring, and Content Outlines
- MOC Exam Overview
- Spring 2016 Updates
- 10 Year MOC Program
- Continuous MOC Program
- Guide to transitioning from 10 year to C-MOC program
- Guide to how to complete an Improvement in Medical Practice (PIP) Unit
- Full MOC policy booklet