Maintenance of Certification 2.0-Strong Start, Continued Evolution - American Board of Medical Specialties

This perspective provides background and describes the evolution of the American Board of Medical Specialties Maintenance of Certification® (ABMS MOC®) program that was adopted in 2000 by ABMS members, medical specialty boards. The authors cite evidence to support MOC by referencing studies that show that MOC can improve physicians performance and patient outcomes.  The need for periodic reevaluation of the program is stressed in order to meet the ongoing needs of physicians and community. Perceived burdens of MOC from the physician perspective are discussed as well as  the recently approved 2015 ABMS standards developed as a result of a current review of the MOC program.

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