Medical Education: ABOG Begins Innovative Pilot Program to Enhance the Maintenance of Certification (MOC) Process

The American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology (ABOG) has begun a two-year pilot program that will enhance and streamline the current Maintenance of Certification (MOC) program. The pilot proposes to integrate two MOC requirements to allow diplomates to continuously demonstrate their knowledge of the specialty. Diplomates in their sixth year of the MOC cycle will be able to earn an exemption from the current MOC examination if they reach a threshold of performance during the first five years in the program.

The pilot emphasizes consistent demonstration of knowledge throughout the full MOC cycle. It allows those who demonstrate this achievement through the Lifelong Learning and Self-Assessment (Part II articles and questions) requirement to earn exemption from the added assessment of the current MOC examination.

Diplomates’ personal MOC dashboards will display Lifelong Learning performance in real-time. The threshold will be at least 86 percent correct on the initial answers submitted in Lifelong Learning required activity in the first five years of the MOC cycle. The performance will be based on the total Lifelong Learning responses for the five years.  

Diplomates in MOC Year 6 are not eligible to participate if they have:

  1. A probationary certification status
  2. Any current state board disciplinary actions on their licenses
  3. Any felony criminal charges, convictions, or pleadings

In 2016 and 2017, only Diplomates in their sixth year of the MOC cycle will be eligible to participate in the pilot. When they apply for MOC, they will be notified if they are eligible to participate in the pilot. Eligible diplomates must choose whether to take part in the pilot or to decline and take the MOC examination.

Diplomates who will be in MOC Year 6 after 2017 should be aware that their current performance on the Lifelong Learning questions might be used to determine exemption from future MOC examinations.

The ABOG will study the pilot program through 2017. If the results are favorable, ABOG will apply to the American Board of Medical Specialties to adopt the changes to its MOC program in 2018.

For more information, please visit ABOG's 2016 MOC Bulletin. ACOG is pleased to provide this information for ABOG, which is an independent organization. 

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