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REQUIREMENTS FOR MOC – INTRODUCTION

In 2006, all American Board of Medical Specialty (ABMS) member boards received approval of their ABMS MOC program plans. The American Board of Colon and Rectal Surgery introduced the ABCRS MOC program to all diplomates in 2011. Diplomates who certified in 1990 or later are required to participate in the ABCRS MOC Program.   Applicants for MOC, must hold a certificate issued by the American Board of Colon and Rectal Surgery at the time of their application for MOC.  Expiration of a certificate will not disqualify a candidate for entering the MOC process however; the applicant can not claim certification in the interim.

MOC is an evolving process; the requirements outlined below will be modified as new learning and assessment tools are developed. The ABCRS intends for MOC to be as flexible as possible to allow colon and rectal surgeons to participate in ways most compatible with their practice. ABCRS MOC Part I, II and IV requirements run in three-year cycles.  Part III of ABCRS MOC requires a secure examination at 10-year intervals to maintain their certification. An MOC fee is also required to be paid by December 31 annually.

DEFINITION OF “MEETING ABCRS MOC REQUIREMENTS”

ABCRS Diplomates are “Meeting MOC Requirements” and not at risk for losing their certification, if the following components are completed by due date.

  • Annual MOC Fee  (Due by December 31 )
  • Part I, II, and IV (Three-Year Cycle) to be completed by December 31, last year of cycle.
  • Part III (Ten-Year Cycle) – Recertify

REQUIREMENTS FOR DIPLOMATES CERTIFIED IN 1990 & AFTER

Diplomates begin MOC January 1 following certification

ABCRS MOC Time line
MOC Year Suggested Required
Year 0
  • Diplomate initially certifies /recertifies
 Annual MOC Fee Waived (Begins Year 2)
Year 1
  • MOC begins January 1
  • 30 Category 1 CME credits
 Annual MOC Fee Waived (Begins Year 2)
Year 2
  • 30 Category 1 CME credits
 Annual MOC Fee Due by Dec 31
Year 3
  • 30 Category 1 CME credits
  • End of three – year cycle. Part I, II and IV due by December 31

Part I – Professional Standing:
1.) Medical License

a.) U.S. license provided by ABMS. Copy is not needed.
b.) Copy of Canadian License must be provided by diplomate.

2.) Chief of Staff Evaluation Form

3.) Documentation of Hospital Privileges

Part II – Lifelong Learning and Self Assessment
1.) Completion of 90 Hours of Category I CME

2.) Completion of Self-assessment

Part IV – Evaluation of Performance in Practice
Ongoing participation in a national, regional, or local outcomes database or quality assessment program.

Annual MOC Fee Due by Dec 31

Year 4
  • 30 Category 1 CME credits
Annual MOC Fee Due by Dec 31
Year 5
  • 30 Category 1 CME credits
Annual MOC Fee Due by Dec 31
Year 6
  • 30 Category 1 CME credits
  • Same as Year 3 -Part I, II and IV due by December 31, Annual MOC Fee Due by Dec 31
Year 7
  • 30 Category 1 CME credits
 Annual MOC Fee Due by Dec 31
Year 8-10
  • 30 Category 1 CME credits each year
  • Same as Year 6 – Part I, II and IV due by December 31, Annual MOC Fee Due by Dec 31
  • Submit online MOC application
  • Submit Operative Experience Record Form (One year of data)
  • Submit Photo ID with signature

Part III – (Cognitive Exam)

  • Pass secure examination

CERTIFIED IN YEAR 1990 & AFTER

Beginning August 1, 2012, the American Board of Medical Specialties (ABMS) will report on its public website, www.certificationmatters.org whether or not ABCRS board-certified colon and rectal surgeons certified in 1990 or after are meeting Maintenance of Certification (MOC) requirements.  The ABMS will serve as the central repository for the MOC status of diplomates from all 24 ABMS Member Boards, including ABCRS. Diplomates who are enrolled in MOC and meeting MOC requirements will be reported to ABMS quarterly. Further clarification of a diplomates status will be via a link to the certifying board’s website.

NONCOMPLIANCE & RE-ENTRY

All diplomates certified in 1990 or after enrolled in MOC must report to the ABCRS at three-year intervals to maintain their status, including a $500 annual MOC fee. Individuals who do not report by Dec. 31 or otherwise fail to meet MOC requirements are subject to losing their ABCRS certification and will be reported as “Not Meeting ABCRS MOC Requirements” on our website. Diplomates cannot recertify until all past due MOC requirements and fees fulfilled.

To re-enter MOC in the first year of noncompliance, diplomates must: (1) fulfill all MOC requirements up to that point; (2) pay a reinstatement fee of $500. Requirements and fees will increase with additional years of non-participation. Also see Re-Entry Policy on our website.

ABMS Guidelines

Certification Matters, and ultimately, the measure of physician specialists is not merely that they have been certified, but how well they keep current in their specialty. Beginning August 2012, the American Board of Medical Specialties (ABMS) will report on its public website, www.certificationmatters.org whether or not ABCRS board-certified colon and rectal surgeons certified in 1990 or after are meeting Maintenance of Certification (MOC) requirements.

That’s why in 2000, the 24 ABMS Member Boards agreed to evolve their recertification programs to one of continuous professional development – ABMS Maintenance of Certification ® (ABMS MOC®). ABMS MOC assures that the physician is committed to lifelong learning and competency in a specialty and/or subspecialty by requiring ongoing measurement of six core competencies adopted by ABMS and ACGME in 1999. Measurement of these competencies happens in a variety of ways, some of which vary according to the specialty. This is carried out by all Member Boards using a four-part process that is designed to keep certification continuous.

■          Part I         Licensure and Professional Standing

■          Part II        Lifelong Learning and Self-Assessment

■          Part III       Cognitive Expertise

■          Part IV       Practice Performance Assessment