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