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Getting Started

Board Certified Ophthalmologists manage and access their certification activities using their Status Page. Log into your 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.

New in 2017

  • Provide feedback and suggestions to the Board staff about your experience with MOC. Volunteer to participate in pilot programs, experience groups, or content development opportunities. 
  • Participate in the longitudinal assessment pilot. This pilot will be available later in 2017 and includes selection of five journal articles you will read and be tested on during the fourth quarter of the year.  Review the list of available articles and make your selections now. 
  • Update your profile, including your email, phone number current medical license information and pay the annual $200 fee. 
  • Attest to CME completion every two years with a simple click of a button.
  • Access your completed activity reports and link to the AAO to earn CME for completion of many of these completed activities. 

MOC Program 2017

When the MOC program was improved in 2012, the changes were required for only those whose achieved new certificates beginning that year. Therefore, the 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 five 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)

Register for the September DOCK by June 1; additional registrations accepted June 2 through August 1, accompanied by a $300 late fee. An email is sent in late June to all registrants with information on how to schedule a test appointment.

Beginning in 2017, you can take this test in your home or office.  Simply sign up by June 1 to schedule a test appointment anytime during the month of September. A computer or tablet with a camera and sufficient internet is required. The test will still be available at test centers in 2017.

Complete a patient safety activity

The ABO patient safety module is available on-demand. Click on it, complete it in your own time. Claim 3 CME hours for completion from the AAO.  You can also complete other patient safety activities from a list of options.  None

Complete 1-2 practice improvement activities selected from a menu of options.  

Options include:

Practice Improvement Modules (PIM): PIMs are data sets that focus on patient care for specific diseases, conditions and surgical procedures.  PIMs require review and manual abstraction of 40 patient records and provide the aggregate data that diplomates use to develop a project to improve aspects of their patient care. Claim up to 20 CME through the AAO for the completion of a PIM.

Create Your Own Project: Using a simple, two part application process, you can develop a project to improve aspects of their patient care.

Use a Patient Experience Survey: Develop your own project using the data from surveys about your patients' experience.

Complete a Quality Improvement Activity through your Participating Institution: The Multi-Specialty Portfolio Program is a service provided through the ABMS, 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 through the Multi-Specialty Portfolio Program, you can complete a quality improvement 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)