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What does “Participating in MOC” mean?

Participating in Maintenance of Certification (MOC) means a doctor continues to meet the requirements of his or her medical specialty Board(s) for ongoing learning and assessment. A doctor participating in MOC shows a commitment to lifelong learning and ongoing self-evaluation, and is engaged in measuring and improving his or her practice.

What does it mean if my doctor is listed as participating in MOC?

The MOC program promotes lifelong learning and improvement activities, the opportunity for self-assessment and helps demonstrate that doctors Board Certified by an ABMS Member Board(s) continually refresh and expand their knowledge. By participating in MOC, this doctor is demonstrating his or her commitment to a lifelong learning process and is engaged in measuring and improving his or her practice.

What does it mean if my doctor is listed as not participating in MOC?

By being Board Certified, the doctor has gone above and beyond licensing requirements. All doctors in the United States must be licensed in order to practice medicine, but they are not required to be Board Certified.

There are a variety of reasons why a doctor may be listed as not participating in MOC. He or she may have chosen not to participate in the MOC program of his or her Member Board(s). Or, he or she may be participating in MOC, but is not meeting the requirements to maintain his or her certificate(s). Contact the doctor’s certifying Board(s) for more information about its MOC program.

What does it mean if my doctor is listed as not required to participate in MOC?

It means that the doctor became Board Certified in his or her specialty before his or her certifying Board established its MOC program. According to the policy of that doctor’s certifying Board, he or she is therefore not required to participate in its MOC program.

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