MOC

What is MOC?

Maintenance of Certification (MOC) is the process through which diplomates of the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery can maintain their primary certificate in Orthopaedic Surgery. The American Board of Medical Specialties (ABMS), the governing organization for all 24 medical specialty certifying boards. e.g., ABOS, has mandated that a diplomate must participate in MOC.

The MOC Program has four components:

  1. Evidence of Professional Standing which will be assessed with periods of peer review, confirmation of full and unrestricted licensure and hospital credentials.
  2. Evidence of Life Long Learning and Self Assessment which will be assessed by two 3-year cycles of 120 credits of Category 1 CMEs that include a minimum of 20 CME credits for self assessment examinations (SAE).
  3. Evidence of Cognitive Expertise which will be assessed by the same secure recertification examination pathways currently in place and required at 10-year intervals.
  4. Evidence of Performance in Practice which will be assessed by a quality improvement model and include a stringent peer review process.

 Please refer to the MOC FAQs for more information. 

How to Sign up for MOC:

Please note that the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery (ABOS) and the American Board of Medical Specialties (ABMS) will begin posting lists of physicians involved in MOC on their web sites beginning in August 2013.

If you are interested in signing up for MOC, please enter your username and password into the upper right login box.  After logging in, if are not yet signed up, you will see "NOT Participating in MOC" on your ABOS Status tab.

If you are a diplomate of the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery, and you have not yet established an online account, you may do so by clicking the "Create Candidate/Diplomate Login" link under the Login button

If you have an account, but do not remember your login information, please click the "Forgot Username" or "Forgot Password" link within the login box.

Beginning in 2010, all Diplomates with time limited certificates who wish to remain Board certified must participate in and comply with the requirements of the ABOS MOC Program - including passing the Recertification Examination. MOC is also available to time-unlimited (lifetime) certificate holders who wish to voluntarily participate in the MOC process, including recertification.