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), of which the ABOS is one of 24 medical specialty certifying boards, has developed the MOC process as a robust continuous professional development program.  The ABOS has created a MOC program that is specific for orthopaedic surgeons who are initially ABOS certified.

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) or equivialant activities.
  3. Evidence of Cognitive Expertise which will be assessed by a secure recertification examination pathway currently in place and required at 10-year intervals.
  4. Evidence of Performance in Practice which will be assessed by a case list driven quality improvement process and includes a stringent peer review.

 Please refer to the MOC FAQs for more information. 

How to Sign up for MOC:

To sign up for MOC, enter your username and password into the upper right login box.  After logging in, if you 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, click the "Forgot Username" or "Forgot Password" link within the login box.

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.

MOC Timeline

To make it easier to understand your MOC requirements and when to complete them, the following MOC timelines will assist you. To view an MOC timeline, based on when your certificate expires, click on the appropriate year below. If you do not know when your certificate expires or you want to see a personal dashboard of your MOC status, click on the login button at the top of the page and enter your username and password.

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