Maintenance of Certification (MOC)


The American Board of Medical Specialties (ABMS) recognizes that certified physicians are knowledgeable and motivated by a desire to provide the best possible care. However, research has uncovered gaps in the quality of health care delivered. Maintenance of Certification (MOC) is a process by which physicians advance their knowledge, pursue lifelong learning, and learn how to measure quality of care in their own practice. Participating in an ABMS approved quality improvement (QI) project helps physicians improve patient care while earning MOC credit. Performance in Practice (Part 4) of MOC is the QI element of certification. It requires physicians to demonstrate competence in systematic measurement and improvement in patient care. Performance in Practice involves participation and completion of an ABMS-approved quality improvement (QI) project and activities.