For Our Diplomates

Making Maintenance of Certification Matter

The ABPMR Maintenance of Certification (MOC) Program helps you keep your knowledge current, your practice improving, and your clinical skills sharp throughout your career — but it’s not really about you. It’s about your patients. When applied to your practice effectively, MOC helps you continue raising the bar of excellence in patient care.

I

Professional Standing

Professionalism goes beyond maintaining an active, unrestricted license to practice medicine. It also means prioritizing patient needs, staying current in your field, and holding to the highest ethical standards.

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II

Lifelong Learning & Self-Assessment

Continuing Medical Education (CME) credits are the backbone of the MOC Program. By completing CME regularly, you’re ensuring your clinical knowledge is always current.

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III

Cognitive Expertise

The once-every-10-years MOC Examination assesses the knowledge of established physiatrists in a 160-question test. The exam is intended as a “check-in” point each decade to ensure competency standards continue to be met.

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IV

Practice Performance

The practice improvement project (PIP) is a chance to demonstrate the steps you’ve taken to continually improve for your patients — and to give you the tools to measure and quantify that improvement.

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  • Professional Standing

    Professionalism goes beyond maintaining an active, unrestricted license to practice medicine. It also means prioritizing patient needs, staying current in your field, and holding to the highest ethical standards.

    Learn More

  • Lifelong Learning & Self-Assessment

    Continuing Medical Education (CME) credits are the backbone of the MOC Program. By completing about 40 CME credits a year, including 8 Self-Assessment CME credits, you’re ensuring your clinical knowledge is always current.

    Learn More

  • Cognitive Expertise

    The once-every-10-years MOC Examination assesses the knowledge of established physiatrists in a 160-question test. The exam is intended as a “check-in” point each decade to ensure competency standards continue to be met.

    Learn More

  • Practice Performance

    The practice improvement project (PIP) is a chance to demonstrate the steps you’ve taken to continually improve for your patients — and to give you the tools to measure and quantify that improvement. (Tip: This requirement may be more straightforward than you think.)

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For Residents

Your Roadmap to Certification

You've already been on this journey for years - but you're just getting to the starting line for becoming certified in PM&R.

Board certification matters to your patients, your colleagues, and to the field. It gives you an opportunity to demonstrate your knowledge, skills, leadership, and experience. When you get your official ABPMR certificate stating you’re a diplomate, you’ll know that all the hard work leading to this point has paid off. Once you reach the end of residency, your certification journey begins. The ABPMR is here to give you a roadmap to make it to your destination successfully.

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For Credentialers

We're Here To Help

At the ABPMR, we know you need specific information for your employer, but every ABMS member board and every state licensing board has a slightly different way of doing things. We want to make your job easier.

Search Our Physician Database

Our Physician Verification Tool can help you find the information you need quickly to verify certification and more.

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Review Certification Requirements

To stay current, we’ve updated and expanded our certification requirements. You can get the specifics here.

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Review Subspecialty Requirements

Starting in 2014, we dropped the requirement to maintain primary certification. You can get all the specifics here.

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Questions? Contact Us

We are here to make your job easier. Can’t find what you need? We can help. Give us a call or send us an email.

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