College of American Pathologists

Maintenance of Certification (MOC)


Posted April 10, 2007

Maintenance of Certification (MOC) is the board certification program for assessment of continuing competence of physicians and encompasses recertification. Beginning in 2006, all newly certified pathologists will be issued time-limited certificates of 10 years duration. Pathologists will be required to demonstrate “commitment to lifelong learning and involvement in self-assessment” to maintain certification. The CAP has always been committed to helping pathologists meet the lifelong learning requirements and is working to ensure that our CME programs address learning needs across the six competency categories as defined by the American Board of Medical Specialties (ABMS) and endorsed by the American Board of Pathology (ABP).

CAP education activities are labeled with one or more MOC icons indicating the competency categories addressed in the education activity’s content. The icons provide a tool to help you develop a learning plan that meets your needs and fulfills your competency categories.

Interpersonal and Communication Skills Interpersonal and Communication Skills
Demonstrate interpersonal and communication skills that result in effective information exchange and teaming with patients, the patients’ families, and professional associates.
Medical Knowledge Medical Knowledge
Demonstrate knowledge about established and evolving biomedical, clinical, and cognate sciences and the application of this knowledge to pathology.
Practice-Based Learning and Improvement Practice-Based Learning and Improvement
Demonstrate ability to investigate and evaluate diagnostic and laboratory practices in your own lab, appraise and assimilate scientific evidence, and improve laboratory practices and patient care.
Patient Care Patient Care
Demonstrate a satisfactory level of diagnostic competence and provide appropriate and effective consultation in the context of pathology services.
Professionalism Professionalism
Demonstrate a commitment to carrying out professional responsibilities, adherence to ethical principles, and sensitivity to diverse patient population.
Systems-Based Practice Systems-Based Practice
Demonstrate understanding of and contribution to local, regional, and national health care systems, and support health care in system-based practice definition.

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