Learning Over a Lifetime
The guiding principle of the ABPMR Maintenance of Certification (MOC) Program is to foster excellence in patient care by encouraging, stimulating, and supporting physiatrists’ continuing education over a lifetime of practice in PM&R. Here's what your PM&R colleagues have to say about MOC:
Goals of MOC
Improving our practice, enriching our patients' lives
Based on the Core Competencies set by the American Board of Medical Specialties, the ABPMR MOC Program is designed to:
Foster excellence in patient care
Ease diplomates into a continuous program of lifelong learning and periodic testing
Demonstrate that physicians are maintaining their knowledge and skills over time
Document physicians' ongoing efforts to meet the requirements of certification in PM&R and keep current in the specialty
Provide assurance to the public that ABPMR diplomates maintain and continually improve their knowledge and skills in physiatry
MOC PROGRAM PARTICIPATION AND FEE
Who Participates in MOC, and What’s the Fee?
The ABPMR implemented its Maintenance of Certification Program in 1993. Since then, there have been a few major changes to the program as the American Board of Medical Specialties (ABMS) implemented standards for all member boards.
All ABPMR diplomates certified in 1993 and later are required to participate in all parts of the MOC Program. In addition, any ABPMR diplomate holding any ABPMR subspecialty certificate is required to participate in all parts of the MOC Program for that subspecialty (this requirement is currently being phased in at each diplomate’s subspecialty recertification).
The current annual fee for all ABPMR diplomates participating in MOC is $200, which helps to cover the cost of administering the MOC Program. This includes maintaining the database that tracks diplomate information, researching and piloting MOC Program innovations (such as LA-PM&R), and providing customer service when diplomates have questions or concerns. The ABPMR is using the next few years to analyze our cost for LA PM&R, including developing questions and supporting the new program; for now, diplomates will continue to pay the $200 annual fee for maintaining certification. The ABPMR will set fees in line with costs to run the program.
The requirements for your MOC Program are based on the year you were certified or recertified. Find out more below.
Your MOC Program
Note: For many diplomates, the MOC Part III requirement has changed with the implementation of Longitudinal Assessment for PM&R (LA-PM&R) in 2020. Please see the LA-PM&R information here for more details; all other requirements (license, CME and SA-CME, and PIP) are still part of the MOC Program.
When you pass the ABPMR Part II Examination, you've earned your primary certification in PM&R and are automatically enrolled in the Maintenance of Certification (MOC) Program. But because the program has evolved since its inception in 1993, ABPMR MOC Program requirements vary based on the year you were certified or recertified.
MOC Requirements (Certificates Issued Before 2012)
MOC Requirements (Certificates Issued 2012 and Later)