ABPN Overview 

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The ABPN MOC Program reflects the Board's commitment to lifelong learning throughout one's profession. The mission of the ABPN's Maintenance of Certification (MOC) Program is to advance the clinical practice of psychiatry and neurology by promoting the highest evidence-based guidelines and standards to ensure excellence in all areas of care and practice improvement. The MOC program requires diplomates to participate in sanctioned self-assessment performance measures, identify perceived weaknesses in their knowledge, pursue learning activities tailored to areas that need to be strengthened, and develop quality improvement programs based on their clinical practice. The goal is for diplomates to reflect on their personal knowledge and performance and commit to a process of improvement and reevaluation of performance measures over a specified time frame that will ultimately lead to improved care for their patients.

Diplomates are responsible for their own self-assessment activities, continuing education credits, and practice improvement plans, and they can choose the learning tools that will best address their perceived needs, expand their expertise, and enhance the effectiveness and efficiency of their practice.

Physicians who are certified in both psychiatry and neurology and who desire to maintain their certificates in both disciplines must only meet the CME, Self-assessment, and PIP requirements for one specialty. However, they will be required to pass cognitive examinations in both psychiatry and neurology.

Diplomates with certificates in the subspecialties of addiction psychiatry, clinical neurophysiology, epilepsy, forensic psychiatry, geriatric psychiatry, hospice and palliative medicine, neuromuscular medicine, pain medicine, psychosomatic medicine, sleep medicine, and vascular neurology must also maintain certification in their specialty in order to apply for recertification in the area of subspecialization. Diplomates in neurodevelopmental disabilities must maintain certification in neurology with special qualification in child neurology. If certification in the specialty lapses, certification in the subspecialty is no longer valid.

Diplomates in child and adolescent psychiatry do not need to maintain current certification in general psychiatry for their subspecialty certification to remain valid and to recertify in child and adolescent psychiatry.

There is no time limit on regaining certification status through maintenance of certification. It is the responsibility of diplomates to obtain application materials for maintenance of certification. Information for Applicants publications are available to download from www.abpn.com.

The ABPN encourages all diplomates to update their Clinically Active Status through ABPN Physician Folios at http://www.abpn.com/folios

 The ABPN Maintenance of Certification (MOC) program includes four components:

  1. Professional Standing
  2. Self-Assessment and CME (Click Here to access two ABPN-approved Self Assessment Exams developed by the Child Neurology Society. A minimum of one SAE must be completed by child neurologists taking the 2013 exam. A minimum of two SAEs must be completed by child neurologists taking the 2014 exam.
  3. Cognitive Expertise
  4. Performance in Practice (PIP) -- ABPN-approved PIP units developed by the CNS for child neurologists will be available in March 2013. No PIP units required for child neurologists taking 2013 exam; one PIP will be required for child neurologists taking the 2014 exam, two PIPs will be required for child neurologists taking the 2015 exam.

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