MOC Requirements

Maintenance of Certification (MOC) is a continuous professional development program created by the American Board of Surgery (ABS) with the other member boards of the American Board of Medical Specialties. Surgeons are enrolled in the ABS MOC Program upon certification or recertification in any specialty after July 1, 2005.

MOC consists of four parts designed to assess physician competencies on a continuous basis: Professional Standing, Lifelong Learning and Self-Assessment, Cognitive Expertise, and Evaluation of Performance in Practice. MOC draws on many activities surgeons are already doing, such as CME, while allowing them to formally demonstrate their commitment to lifelong learning and practice improvement.

Please note these important changes which took effect July 1, 2012:

  • Part 2 Self-assessment: As of July 1, 2012, at least 60* of the 90 hours completed over a three-year cycle must include a self-assessment activity.
  • Part 2: Self-assessment is a written or electronic question-and-answer exercise that assesses the surgeon’s understanding of the material presented in the CME program. As of July 1, 2012, a score of 75% or higher must be achieved. Repeated attempts are allowed.

*The 60 hours is prorated for diplomates currently in the middle of a three-year cycle; see MOC Part 2 for details

For more information, visit the ABS website MOC Requirements page.


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