Maintaining Certification

Attention Diplomates: 2016 Maintenance of Certification activity registration will open Tuesday, February 16. Highlights of the 2016 program include the elimination of CME/SACME logging, a wider menu of quality improvement activity options, and a reduction in practice assessment data entry points. You can read more about these changes below. Detailed information about MOC will be published next week, and sent to you via email. 

Maintaining Excellence through Continuous Certification

OP_MOC_CM_V_ABRV_RGB_POSExcellence doesn't have an endpoint, and it only just begins at certification. For physicians, what it means to be excellent evolves with every new discovery in medicine and breakthrough in technology. To remain at our highest professional level, we have to work continuously–and most importantly, we have to work together.

  • Maintaining certification in ophthalmology means participating in a professional development program built by committees of passionate and practical ophthalmologists like you, who rely on best practices and evidence-based standards to make decisions.
  • It means selecting from a menu of self-assessment activities designed to address your areas of practice focus, while at the same time, helping you stay up to date on the trends and topics every practicing ophthalmologist needs to know.
  • And in 2016, it means doing away with layers of burdensome data entry so you can skip straight to the creation of a quality improvement plan that will make a noticeable and immediate impact on your practice.

Whether you spend most of your day in the exam room, the operating room, or the classroom, the one room we all have in common is our room for improvement. Diplomates of the American Board of Ophthalmology are advancing excellence in eye care every single day. And after 100 years, we're still demonstrating the power and promise of self-regulation in specialty medicine.

The 2016 Program At-a-Glance

Over the past two years, thoughtful feedback from thousands of diplomates has helped to reshape the American Board of Ophthalmology Maintenance of Certification (ABO MOC) program. Future improvements, such as diplomate-requested pilot programs for online activities based on the science of adult learning remain in development, with more details to be announced in late 2016.

Below are some highlights of the 2016 program:

Elimination of Data Entry

  • You are no longer asked to submit a log of CME and SACME credit histories. Instead, diplomates will complete a simple, two-click online attestation form.
  • Simplified Practice Improvement Modules will debut this year, with fewer data points and shortened timeframes, allowing diplomates to move on to meaningful quality improvement more quickly.

More Choices

  • Practice Improvement Modules are just one of several options for completing a Quality Improvement activity. For maximum relevance and benefit to practice, diplomates are encouraged to design their own QI activity or, through their institution, participate in a cross-specialty project.
  • Subspecialty-specific modules can be selected for all parts of MOC, including examinations and online assessments, for 100% relevance to practice.

Fewer Barriers

  • Late fees for quality improvement activities completed outside the recommended timeframe have been eliminated.
  • The Track 2 annual fee structure eliminates the burden of lump sum registration payments.
  • A discount program for active duty military personnel has been added.
  • A document mapping the entire content of each examination and self-assessment module is published free to all diplomates.

More Power

  • Select Practice Improvement Modules can be used to complete PQRS reporting requirements, saving both time and money.
  • Benchmarking data now available in the Practice Improvement Module platform gives diplomates the ability to see, in anonymous fashion, how their performance compares to peers.
  • Online tools allow diplomates to promote their certification status to patients and peers
  • CME credits earned while maintaining certification can be used to meet state licensure requirements, or earn special recognition from the American Medical Association (AMA).
  • Some states allow board certified doctors to replace the general medical re-licensure examination with the specialty and practice area-specific ABO MOC examination so they can be tested only on what they truly practice.