Beginning in 2007, those doctors who become certified, recertified, or subspecialty certified 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.
MOC is a continual developing process and thus the requirements may change as mandated by the ABMS.
All subspecialty certificates issued by the American Board of Urology are time limited and subject to Maintenance of Certification (MOC). They are valid for 10 years only and will expire on the anniversary of the date of issue.
Diplomates who were originally certified before 1985 and have time unlimited certificates will maintain those certificates as time-unlimited. However, if the Diplomate also earns a subspecialty certificate, the Diplomate will enter the MOC process, which includes the subspecialty and general certificate.
Diplomates who were originally certified in 1985 or later have time-limited certificates. If a Diplomate also earns a subspecialty certificate, the original urology certificate will be extended to have the same expiration date as the subspecialty certificate. The Diplomate will enter the MOC process at the completion of subspecialty certification, and will be required to complete all components on that timeline.
The 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 on the last page of this handbook. Maintenance of Certification will be integrated into the current recertification process. Diplomates will be required to periodically complete self-assessment programs developed by the Board, meet continuing medical education requirements, and submit practice logs as part of this process. Successful completion of an examination will be required within the three year period prior to expiration of the Diplomate’s certification.
The MOC program permits Diplomates to meet the requirements as they continuously keep current with changes in the specialty of urology. It also provides an avenue for compliance with future state and hospital requirements, which are expected to include participation in an MOC process or a Maintenance of Licensure (MOL) process which could require periodic re-examination by the state’s medical board. In addition, MOC provides assurance to patients and their families, payors and funding agencies, and the general public, that ABU Diplomates maintain and continually improve their knowledge and practice of urology.
The American Board of Urology MOC program is designed to reflect the realities of today’s urology practice. Emphasis is placed on the core of knowledge and practice common to all urologists. Realizing that individual urologists may concentrate their practices in various areas, the ABU Trustees have designed the process to permit Diplomates to include areas of their individual expertise when devoting time to CME and self-assessment activities.