Getting Started

Board-certified ophthalmologists manage and access their certification activities using their Status Page. Log in to your MOC Status Page to:

  • View a simple, color-coded grid that is home to all MOC activities. This page shows your status on each activity along with where you are in your 10-year certificate timeline. 
  • Access and complete MOC requirements as well as optional activities such as the CME Tracker. 
  • Create a public-facing status page to share more information about yourself with your patients and link your Board Certification achievement directly to your website or social media pages.No Image

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MOC Program 2018

Required activities are different for diplomates whose certificates expire PRIOR to 2020. For everyone else, the requirements are listed below. 

Activity Description How it Works Cost Beyond Annual Fee
Hold an active, unrestricted license to practice medicine in at least one jurisdiction of the United States (U.S.) or Canada.  All U.S. and Canadian medical licenses that a diplomate holds must be unrestricted. You can keep your license information current via your MOC status page. The Board will alert you if and when the information needs to be updated. None
Earn and attest to an average of 25 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™, including at least 8 self-assessment CMEper year over the 10-year certificate cycle, for a total of 250 CME (80 self-assessment)  You will be reminded to attest to completion of 50 CME every two years. None

Knowledge Assessment Secure Exam (DOCK):  Complete one 150-item exam that includes 50 items in core ophthalmic knowledge and 100 questions in practice emphasis areas of your choice (ie, cataract, glaucoma) or engage in the new Quarterly Questions assessment program.

You can take the DOCK in a testing center near you or opt to complete the exam online from your home or office. After 2018, the DOCK will no longer be offered, and all diplomates will transition to Quarterly Questions.


Complete a patient safety activity

The ABO patient safety activity is available on demand. Claim 3 CME hours for completion. You can also complete other patient safety activities from a list of options.  None

Complete two practice improvement activities selected from a menu of options.  

Options include:

Create Your Own Project: Using a simple application process, you can develop a project to improve aspects of your patient care. You can also use the AAO IRIS® Registry to identify areas for practice improvement and design a customized project.

Complete a Project Through Your Institution: The Multi-Specialty Portfolio Program is a service provided through the ABMS and works with all types of health care organizations to recognize the work physicians are already doing to improve their practices and the care of their patients. If your institution is a Portfolio Sponsor, you can complete an activity using this team-based, organizational pathway.

Activity Schedules

Because the program for MOC has evolved over time, two 10-year tracks for MOC are currently in place. The requirements for each track are based on the expiration date of diplomates' current certificate.

  • MOC Track 1 (diplomates with certificate expiration dates on or before 12/31/2020)
  • MOC Track 2 (diplomates with certificate expiration dates on or after 12/31/2021)