Maintenance of Certification (MOC) Resources


The APA offers a variety of recertification resources to help you incorporate the Maintenance of Certification (MOC) and Maintenance of Licensure (MOL) process into your continuing education, as well as prepare you for the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology board exam. Click on each product below for more information.

MOC is an initiative mandated by the American Board of Medical Specialties (ABMS) to ensure that physician specialists offer quality patient care through an ongoing process of self-improvement and performance improvement. The ABPN, the certifying board for psychiatrists, is one of 24 member boards of the American Board of Medical Specialties. The ABMS oversees the 24 member specialty boards and dictates the basic requirements of MOC.

Certificates issued by the ABPN after October 1, 1994, are 10-year, time-limited certificates and expire on December 31, 10 years from the year of the successful board certification.  For those certified after 1994, MOC entails four basic components:

Part 1 - professional standing (an unrestricted license to practice medicine)

Part 2 –self-assessment (ABPN approved) and continuing medical education (CME)

Part 3 - cognitive expertise (the recertification examination)

Part 4 - Performance in Practice (ABPN approved chart review and feedback modules)

The MOC program of ABPN is being phased in incrementally; individual diplomats of ABPN can review the requirements based on their year of certification by accessing the ABPN website at ABPN 10-Year Component Requirements.  

Note: ABPN has recently updated their requirements (News from ABPN on 6/25/2014)

1.        Feedback modules require that diplomates collect feedback from only ONE of the following options: 

  • Five patient surveys
  • Five peer evaluations of general competencies*
  • Five resident evaluations of general competencies*
  • 360 Degree evaluation of general competencies with five respondents*
  • Institutional peer review of general competencies with five respondents*
  • One supervisor evaluation of general competencies*
*The general competencies to be reviewed in peer, institutional peer review, supervisor, resident, or 360 feedback
forms are:
  • Patient Care
  • Practice-Based Learning and Improvement
  • Professionalism
  • Medical Knowledge
  • Interpersonal and Communication Skills
  • System Based Practices

2.        The ABPN has reduced the amount of MOC activity needed to meet the requirements for the 2015 through 2021 MOC examinations.

3.        Some C-MOC program requirements may be waived for diplomates who pass the subspecialty certification exam in 2012, or later.

4.        Diplomates are no longer required to enter the details of their MOC activities in the ABPN Physician Folios System. Diplomates will now attest to having completed the MOC requirements.


ABPN-approved for MOC Part 2

Ø  FOCUS Self-Assessment for 24 CME credits, available with FOCUS subscription

Ø  APA Annual Meeting Self-Assessment in Psychiatry, available from Jan-May for 8 CME credits. FREE with Annual Meeting registration.

Ø  Self-Assessment in Major Depressive Disorder for 12 CME credits, available in MOC MDD Workbook

Ø  NEW eFOCUS Self-Assessment. Understanding the Evidence:  Off-Label Use of Atypical Antipsychotics for 25 CME credits. FREE CME program.

Performance in Practice (PIP) Modules

PIP modules are the chart review component of MOC, ABPN-approved for MOC Part 4. Completion of stages A, B, and C provides 20 CME credits. Free to Members online and available with Focus subscription

Ø  Physician Practice Assessment Tool for Screening of Adults with Substance Use Disorder 

Ø  Physician Practice Assessment Tool for Assessment and Treatment of Adults with Substance Use Disorder 

Ø  Physician Practice Assessment Tools for Assessment and Treatment of Adults at Risk for Suicide and Suicide-Related Behaviors    

Ø  Physician Practice Assessment Tool for the Care of Patients with a Diagnosis of Schizophrenia  

Ø  Physician Practice Assessment Tool for the Care of Patients with Major Depressive Disorder    

Ø  Physician Practice Assessment Tool for the Care of Patients with Posttraumatic Stress Disorder

Examination Preparation

Helps you prepare for board recertification exam

Ø  FOCUS Psychiatry Review Volume 1 and 2 for 50 CME credits

Ø  FOCUS Patient Management Exercises in Psychiatry

Ø  FOCUS MOC Workbook: Major Depressive Disorder

Ø  FOCUS MOC Workbook: Posttraumatic Stress Disorder