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Beginning in 2007, those doctors who become certified, recertified, or subspecialty certified will enter a process of Maintenance of Certification (MOC). MOC is designed to evaluate the continued competence of a Diplomate. MOC was developed by the American Board of Medical Specialties (ABMS) and its 24 member boards and has been supported by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME), the American Medical Association (AMA), the Federation of State Medical Boards (FSMB), and many other organizations.

The recertification/MOC process will extend over a ten year period, with some requirements in the process to be completed every two years. A chart showing the requirements appears here. The current recertification process will be merged into Maintenance of Certification as all time-limited diplomates complete recertification.

Schedule and Fees

Beginning in 2009, a $200 annual certificate fee is charged to every practicing ABU diplomate, replacing the recertification and maintenance of  certification applications fees.

Application Documents

Application documents will be available on the secure portion of the website in April for those diplomates who are eligible to apply.  Information about the process is available in the Information for Applicants for Maintenance of Certification handbook.

Scoring

The method used to determine a passing score on the Maintenace of Certification Examination is based on criterion reference testing. Criterion reference testing uses a benchmark examination to establish a performance which all candidates must meet. Examinations are compared to the benchmark standard and the passing score varies according to the difficulty. The probability of passing remains constant, and the examination process provides a uniform opportunity to pass from one year to the next. In theory, all who take the examination could pass; there is no mandatory failure rate. On average, approximately 98% of candidates pass the exam.

 
 
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Amy H. Woodson, MOC Coordinator Lori R. Davis, Administrator Donna Payne, Staff Associate Gerald H. Jordan, MD, Executive Secretary Charles S. Hall, Information Technology Coordinator Lindsay W. Franklin, Certification Coordinator Denise D. Files, Senior Staff Associate James R. Surgener, Recertification Coordinator