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MOC Frequently Asked Questions

What is the purpose of Maintenance of Certification?    Back to top

The primary purpose of the MOC process is to:

  • promote quality care by Board-certified physicians;
  • ensure that members of the profession continue their education and keep current in information, skills, and practice; and
  • renew certificates of those who meet the Board's requirements and satisfactorily complete its examinations.

Who is responsible for creating and/or changing the ABPMR MOC requirements? Back to top

The ABPMR MOC requirements are developed, in response to American Board of Medical Specialties (ABMS) directives, by lifetime and time-limited certificate holders participating in the ABPMR MOC program.

Why do the MOC requirements change? Back to top

The ABPMR MOC requirements may change in response to American Board of Medical Specialties (ABMS) mandates. Changes to the MOC requirements are made by lifetime and time-limited certificate holders participating in the ABPMR MOC program. The ABPMR MOC program aims to address public concerns regarding quality of care while also attempting to minimize the burden to diplomates; therefore, attempts are made to implement any necessary changes with the start of a new certification (initial or recertified) cycle and, if possible, avoid any mid-cycle modifications.

All requirements and policies of the ABPMR MOC Program are subject to change. ABPMR diplomates participating in MOC are responsible for completing all requirements associated with their MOC cycle. As such, diplomates are encouraged to routinely check the ABPMR website ( for up-to-date information.

What happens if I don't pay my MOC annual fees? Back to top

When annual fees have not been paid for 5 or more years, your MOC status will be changed to ‘Non-Participant’. ‘Non-Participant’ status does not affect your Board Certification status; however, it does limit your access to ABPMR Online Services. If you choose to become an active participant in the future, you would need to pay the reinstatement fee and all outstanding MOC annual fees. You need to complete requirements in place at the time of reinstatement such as CMEs, self-assessments, and the practice performance project(s).

How do I report my CME credits? Back to top

  • Log in at
  • Click on "My MOC Status"
  • Click on one of the boxes under "CME" or on the "CME" column header or on the "CME" tab at the top of the page
  • Click on the "Add New Credits" button at the bottom of the page
    • CME date, Category, and Credits are required for adding data
    • CME Provider and Title/Description are optional
  • After adding your CME credits, click on the "Submit New Credits" button
  • To exit, either click the "My MOC Status" link in the left menu or click "Logout" in the upper bar

I am a DO. How do AOA credits translate to Category 1 and 2 credits? Back to top

Category 1A and 2A AOA credits = Category 1 credits.

AOA Category 1-A are credits granted to attendees for formal educational programs designed to enhance clinical competence and improve patient care. These programs must be sponsored by an AOA-accredited Category 1 CME sponsor. Please see the AOA CME Guide for more details.

AOA Category 2-A are credits including formal educational programs that are ACCME-accredited, AAFP-approved, or sponsored by AOA-accredited Category 1 CME sponsors that do not meet the 1-A faculty/hours requirement for Category 1-A credit.

Can I get credit for passing my Board exam (primary and/or subspecialty) and/or completing the MOC program? Back to top

The AMA ( recognizes the educational effort associated with successfully completing an American Board of Medical Specialties (ABMS) member board certification process. You may claim AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™ directly from the AMA upon your successful completion of the entire MOC program. (For MOC programs completed prior to September 1, 2010, 25 credits will be awarded; for MOC programs completed on or after September 1, 2010, 60 credits will be awarded.) As documentation of program completion, the AMA will require either a copy of your MOC program completion letter from the ABPMR or a copy of your new ABPMR certificate.

AMA Direct Credit Application

Note: The AMA will charge a fee for this service.


*Certification is a voluntary process by which the ABPMR grants recognition to a physician specialist who has met predetermined qualifications specified by the ABPMR. Many qualities are necessary to be a competent physician, and many of these qualities cannot be quantified or measured. Thus, certification is not a guarantee of the competence of the physician specialist.