Administered by our Member Boards, the ABMS Program for Maintenance of Certification (ABMS MOC®) focuses on the development of six core competencies that were adopted by ABMS and the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education in 1999. Using a four-part process, the ABMS MOC program assesses this ongoing learning and professional development by doctors who demonstrate that they are keeping pace with the latest advances in their specialty.
Board Certification and participation in the ABMS MOC program – signified by the Gold Star – demonstrate a doctor’s knowledge and skill in a particular medical specialty or subspecialty. By voluntarily committing to this career-long process, Board Certified doctors play a leadership role in the national movement for health care quality. The Joint Commission, National Committee for Quality Assurance, health care institutions, insurers, physicians and patients use Board Certification by an ABMS Member Board as an essential tool to assess physician credentials within a given medical specialty.
Even more importantly, this dedication to keeping pace with the latest medical advances and best practices translates into higher standards and better care
In fact, research increasingly links specialty certification and continuous professional development programs such as the ABMS MOC program with improved quality of care.