Maintenance of Certification (MOC)

American Board of Medical Specialties (ABMS) Invites Comments by Thursday, March 24, 2016

The American Board of Medical Specialties (ABMS) Special Committee on Physician Scientists invites comment on the Report of the Special Committee on Physician Scientists and Continuing Certification.

In 2015, Dr. Lois Margaret Nora, ABMS President and Chief Executive Officer, commissioned a Special Committee on Physician-Scientists and Continuing Certification to advise ABMS and its Member Boards on ways to make ABMS Programs of Maintenance of Certification (MOC) more meaningful and relevant to Board Certified physician-scientists. MOC is the process of keeping certification up-to-date and is offered through the 24 Member Boards of the ABMS. Information about ABMS or MOC, is available via a fact sheet or the ABMS website at

The Committee is currently soliciting public input on its draft report and recommendations. Please CLICK HERE to provide comments or upload a comment letter. We appreciate receiving your comments by Thursday, March 24, 2016.

FOPO-Hosted MOC Meeting Update - February 9, 2016

On February 4, 2016, member organizations of the Federation of Pediatric Organizations (FOPO) along with invited guests (the Council of Pediatric Sub-specialties (CoPS), Children's Hospital Association and Family Voices) met in Washington, DC to begin a dialogue.

Data from APS/SPR Membership Survey on MOC Changes Now Available - August 11, 2015

In February 2015, the officers of APS and SPR invited members to review and reflect upon their experience with the current American Board of Pediatrics (ABP) Maintenance of Certification (MOC) program. Member perspectives were gathered via an online survey following changes to the MOC program announced by the American Board of Internal Medicine. The goal of the survey was to understand members’ opinions about the system and collect recommendations for improvement. A de-identified data summary is now publicly available and shared to facilitate further discussion of this important issue. Published on August 11, 2015.