Board Recertification: How to Fulfill New MOC Requirements

June 2, 2011
James L. Knoll IV, MD

The usual response is that the new requirements are too "confusing." Here, Dr Knoll offers his suggestions and advice?

Q: I'm a psychiatrist in who got board-certified in 1998 and re-certified in 2008. I'm still very unclear about how to fulfill all the new MOC requirements (for re-certification in 2018). None of my colleagues have any idea. The usual response is that the new requirements are too "confusing." Can you offer suggestions or advice?

A: Having re-certified on 2 different boards, I can tell you this:
•Most, if not all of the information one needs can be found on: www.abpn.com.
•One may set up what is called an "ABPN physician folio" - which they describe as a single source for info pertinent to one's personalized MOC requirements.  It includes an "MOC activities tracker" that gives one a view of requirements and timelines.
•Finally, if one re-certifies more recently, the ABPN has been sending out a personal MOC activities calendar.  I just received one after recertifiying in forensics. It outlines what I am supposed to do, and gives timelines for completion.