Maintenance of Certification (MOC) is a lifelong learning and
practice improvement process designed to help you stay
up-to-date in knowledge, skills, and practice. It is based on
competencies deemed by the American Board of Medical
Specialties and the Accreditation Council for Graduate
Medical Education to be integral to providing quality patient
MOC is a continuous process designed by practicing
ophthalmologists and is completed in four main parts over the
course of 10 years.
Part I: Professional Standing:
- All diplomates must hold a valid and unrestricted medical
license in theUnited States, its territories, or Canada.
Part II: Lifelong Learning and
- Twenty-five Category 1 Continuing Medical Education credits per
year through the 10-year MOC Cycle, eight of which must qualify as
- One Patient Safety Activity over the 10-year MOC cycle
- Two Self-Review Tests over the 10-year MOC cycle
Part III: Cognitive Expertise:
- One MOC written examination successfully completed in years six
through ten of the 10-year MOC cycle.
Part IV: Practice Performance
- Two practice improvement activities (once between years one and
five and once between years six and ten of the 10-year MOC