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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.

The AAN offers a variety of information and resources to assist members with the ABPN MOC requirements. 

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)

Announcement: Catherine M. Rydell, CAE, Executive Director and CEO, American Academy of Neurology, selected to ABMS Continuing Board Certification: Vision for the Future Initiative Commission.

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
  • A 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 applications 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.


Learn more about ABPN MOC Requirements Part I-IV and how the AAN can help you meet them.

Maintenance of Certification FAQ

A: Maintenance of Certification (MOC) is an initiative of the American Board of Medical Specialties (ABMS) to ensure that physician specialists offer quality patient care through an ongoing process of self-improvement and performance improvement.

MOC is not an American Academy of Neurology mandated initiative.

A: With so much attention on medical errors and liability issues, as well as spiraling healthcare costs, the public is demanding that their physicians demonstrate expertise and competence.

The ABMS established the MOC program as a professional response to the need for public accountability and transparency. The program is designed to document physician competence and improve medical care.

The MOC program is recognized as an important quality marker by insurers, hospitals, and credentialing organizations.

A: Maintenance of certification (MOC) will have some impact on all US and Canadian neurologists because of the ever-changing landscape of healthcare.

MOC will continue to have importance for neurologists throughout their career, but it will have more immediate impact on neurologists certified by the ABPN after October 1994, who are obligated every 10 years to meet or exceed the MOC requirements in order to maintain their ABPN-certified neurologist status.

Each 10-year MOC cycle culminates with the MOC cognitive examination. All certificates issued by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology (ABPN) after October 1, 1994, are 10-year, time-limited certificates and expire on December 31, 10 years from the year of the examination. Diplomates who are not recertified before their certificates expire are no longer Board certified in that area.

A: MOC is an ongoing process through which a diplomate's credentials, licensure, and professional standing are verified and his or her knowledge and practice performance are Evaluated.

The ABPN MOC program is comprised of four components:

  • Professional Standing
  • Self-assessment and CME
  • Cognitive Expertise
  • Performance in Practice

Discover a host of unparalleled resources from the AAN designed to help you take the necessary steps towards completing the components of your ABPN-mandated Maintenance of Certification (MOC) requirements: Continuing Medical Education (CME), self-assessment, and performance improvement.