Maintaining Certification

Professional Achievement through Board Certification

Excellence 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.

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 more than 100 years, we're still demonstrating the power and promise of self-regulation in specialty medicine.

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Assessing & Developing the Core Competencies through MOC

The American Board of Ophthalmology's MOC program focuses on six core competencies a physician needs in order to deliver high quality patient care. These competencies were co-developed by the American Board of Medical Specialties (ABMS) and the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME). Measuring and strengthening each of these competencies is the goal of MOC.

Building Blocks for High Quality Patient Care
Practice-Based Learning and Improvement Investigate and evaluate patient care practices, appraise and assimilate scientific evidence, and improve practice.
Patient Care and Procedural Skills Care that is compassionate, appropriate, and effective treatment for health problems and to promote health.
Medical Knowledge Knowledge about established and evolving biomedical, clinical, and cognate sciences and their application in patient care.
Interpersonal and Communication Skills Skills that result in effective information exchange and teaming with patients, their families, and professional associates.
Systems-Based Practice Awareness of, and responsibility to, systems of health care. Able to call on system resources to provide optimal care.
Professionalism Carrying out professional responsibilities, adherence to ethical principles, and sensitivity to diverse patient populations.