PAMED's MOC Statement of Principles
Last Updated: Sep 24, 2018
The Pennsylvania Medical Society (PAMED) created the following principles on Maintenance of Certification (MOC) during the 2014 House of Delegates:
- PAMED is committed to lifelong learning, cognitive expertise, practice quality improvement, and adherence to the highest standards of medical practice.
- PAMED supports a process of continuous learning and improvement based on evidence-based guidelines, national standards, and best practices, in combination with customized continuing education.
- The MOC process should be designed to identify performance gaps and unmet needs, providing direction and guidance for improvement in physician performance and delivery of care.
- The MOC process should be evaluated periodically to measure physician satisfaction, knowledge uptake and intent to maintain or change practice.
- Board certificates should have lifetime status, with MOC used as a tool for continuous improvement.
- The MOC program should not be associated with hospital privileges, insurance reimbursements or network participation.
- The MOC program should not be required for Maintenance of Licensure (MOL).
- Specialty boards, which develop MOC standards, may approve curriculum, but should be independent from entities designing and delivering that curriculum, and should have no financial interest in the process.
- A majority of specialty board members who are involved with the MOC program should be actively practicing physicians directly engaged in patient care.
- MOC activities and measurement should be relevant to real world clinical practice.
- The MOC process should not be cost prohibitive or present barriers to patient care.