American Board of Family Medicine to Pilot New MOC Testing Option in 2019

Last Updated: Oct 16, 2018

stethoscope_tablet_computerOn Oct. 9, 2018, the American Board of Family Medicine (ABFM) announced a Maintenance of Certification pilot program which will create an alternative examination option for 2019.

“Physicians who are current with continuous certification and are due to take the examination in 2019 would be eligible to participate in the pilot,” said the ABFM in a news release. Diplomates in the pilot would be required to answer 25 questions delivered online each quarter.

In November, the pilot program will be presented to the American Board of Medical Specialties’ (ABMS) Committee on Continuing Certification for approval. The ABFM expects to share more details about the pilot program following final approval.

MOC Changes Announced by 3 Other Specialty Boards in 2018

Several specialty boards have implemented similar MOC pilot programs that will soon become permanent options for Diplomates. The American Board of Anesthesiology (ABA), the American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology (ABOG), and the American Board of Pediatrics have all announced changes to their MOC processes starting in 2019:

  • Anesthesiology—The ABA’s MOCA Minute® pilot program will become a permanent component of the Maintenance of Certification in Anesthesiology™ (MOCA®) program. The MOCA Minute program allows diplomates to answer 30 multiple-choice questions each calendar quarter (120 per year) via the web or the MOCA Minute mobile app. If physicians do not complete the 120 questions per year and have certificates set to expire in the current year, they may take and pass the Anesthesiology Special Purpose Examination (ASPEX) to avoid losing their certification. Read the ABA’s news release
  • Obstetrics & Gynecology—Starting in January 2019, ABOG’s MOC pilot program will become a permanent option. In the pilot program, diplomates who meet the high-performance threshold determined by ABOG on the Part II: Lifelong Learning and Self-Assessment (LLSA) component in Years 1 through 6 of the MOC cycle can receive credit for meeting the MOC external assessment requirement (Part III: Assessment of Knowledge, Judgment, and Skills). The LLSSA program requires that all OB GYN specialists and subspecialists read a total of 180 selected articles and answer 720 questions about the articles over the 6-year MOC cycle. Read ABOG’s news release
  • Pediatrics—ABP’s Maintenance of Certification Assessment for Pediatrics (MOCA-Peds) will become an alternative way to meet the exam requirement for general pediatricians and some specialties starting in 2019. The remaining sub-specialties will go live over the following three years. MOCA-Peds delivers 20 questions electronically each quarter directly to participating ABP-certified pediatricians via their computer or mobile device, to be answered at any time during the quarter. Read ABP’s news release

The American Board of Medical Specialties (ABMS) has also launched its “Vision for the Future” initiative to review the MOC process for physicians. Pennsylvania Medical Society (PAMED) Past President Charles Cutler, MD, MACP is one of 26 members chosen to participate in the initiative’s Vision for the Future Commission. The commission’s goal is to provide a set of recommendations about the future of continuing board certification for consideration by ABMS. 

MOC is one of PAMED’s advocacy priorities – Learn more at www.pamedsoc.org/advocacy. And, view our MOC Statement of Principles here. PAMED is committed to and will continue to advocate for practical, evidence-based, and affordable life-long learning.


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