A Member Board of the American Board of Medical Specialties

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The American Board of Pathology, as one of the 24 member boards of the American Board of Medical Specialties (ABMS), is committed to continuous professional development through its MOC program. MOC assists physicians in maintaining standards necessary for them to provide quality care throughout their careers. MOC assures that the physician is committed to lifelong learning and competency in pathology. MOC is a continuous process that begins January 1st in the year after board certification. It requires ongoing measurement of the six competencies adopted by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) and the ABMS to ensure that all aspects of practice are evaluated and outcomes are measured. The six competencies are:

  • Patient care
  • Medical knowledge
  • Practice-based learning and improvement
  • Interpersonal and communication skills
  • Professionalism
  • Systems-based practice

ABMS has incorporated assessment of these six competencies into the four-part MOC program.

The Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada (RCPSC) has recognized the ABP’s MOC program as substantively equivalent to the MOC program in Canada. This means that Fellows of the Royal College who are living and practicing in the United States can use the ABP’s MOC program to maintain their membership and Fellowship with the Royal College without having to participate in the Royal College’s MOC program.

Diplomates of the ABP are required to accurately state their certification status in curriculum vitae, publications, directories, letterheads, etc. A diplomate whose certificate has expired must not claim to be board certified, and all descriptions of certification status must be modified accordingly. If an individual represents that he/she is certified by the ABP when such is not the case, the ABP will notify appropriate authorities, including, but not limited to, credentialing agencies, licensing boards, and law enforcement agencies.

All Trustees and Chief Executive Officer of the ABP are participating voluntarily in the MOC Program.

The ABP has adopted a reciprocity policy for diplomates maintaining their primary certification in another ABMS member board’s MOC program. These diplomates may report current MOC participation with another ABMS member board in lieu of reporting all Part II and IV requirements of the ABP’s MOC program.


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