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Posted September 15, 2010

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.

MOC is a four part process requiring diplomates to submit documentation and evidence to the ABP to maintain their certification:

Part I - Professional Standing has two requirements:

  1. Diplomates practicing in the United States must maintain a full and unrestricted medical license in at least one jurisdiction of the United States, its territories, or Canada. If a diplomate holds more than one license, all must be full and unrestricted.
  2. The diplomate must submit documentation of medical staff membership and health care organization privileges.

Part II - Life-Long Learning and Self-Assessment requires completion of:

  1. An average of 35 Category I CME credits per year (70 must be reported for each two-year period)
  2. Ten of these 35 credits must be obtained from completion of self-assessment modules (SAMs)
  3. Eighty percent (80%) of CME must be related to the diplomate's practice

  1. Participation in an accredited fellowship will meet these requirements for a two-year period

Part III - Cognitive Expertise requires satisfactory completion of a secure examination.

Part IV - Evaluation of Performance in Practice requires that the diplomate provide:

  1. peer attestations regarding interpersonal and communication skills, professionalism, ethics, and effectiveness in practice
  2. documentation of laboratory accreditation, where applicable
  3. participation by the diplomate's laboratory in inter-laboratory performance improvement and quality assurance programs
  4. participation by the diplomate in at least one performance improvement and quality assurance activity or program per year appropriate for his/her principal professional activities

  5. OR
  1. Participation in an accredited fellowship will meet these requirements for a two-year period