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:
*The general competencies to be reviewed in peer, institutional peer review, supervisor, resident, or 360 feedback
- 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*