Maintenance of Certification

American Board of Pathology (ABP) Maintenance of Certification (MOC)

It is vital that diplomates understand that a certificate issued by the ABP is valid for 10 years contingent upon meeting all interim reporting requirements for the MOC program. Failure to meet reporting deadlines will result in a warning followed by early expiration of certification if the reporting requirements are not met.

The ABP MOC program consists of four parts, which are described in greater detail under MOC requirements:

Part I: Professionalism and Professional Standing
Diplomates must hold a valid, unrestricted medical license and meet the ABP's professionalism expectations.

Part II: Life-Long Learning and Self-Assessment
Diplomates must meet the ABP’s learning and self-assessment requirements.

Part III: Assessment of Knowledge, Judgment, and Skills
Diplomates must assess their pathology specific knowledge, judgment, and skills by passing a secure examination during every 10-year MOC cycle.

Part IV: Improvement in Medical Practice
Diplomates must engage in specialty relevant performance-in-practice assessment and improvement activities.

To successfully complete a 10-year MOC cycle, a diplomate must have all five electronic Reporting Forms submitted and approved, complete an ABP-approved Patient Safety Course, and pass a secure MOC exam for each certification. After successful completion of the first 10-year MOC cycle, the next 10-year cycle will commence.

Since 2006, the ABP has issued only time-limited certification in Anatomic and/or Clinical Pathology and all pathology subspecialties.  The ABP requires ongoing successful participation in its MOC program for a diplomate’s certification to remain valid. For more information on the ABP MOC program, see the MOC Booklet of Information available at www.abpath.org.

The USCAP Supports Your MOC Development

The USCAP is a Cooperating Society of the ABP and is a major provider of AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™ and ABP approved Self-Assessment Modules (SAMs).  The USCAP has been awarded the maximum term of six years for "Accreditation with Commendation" to provide continuing medical education.   Only 5% of all organizations reviewed by the ACCME achieve this status.

The USCAP supports the ABP’s MOC program by providing numerous and varied CMEs and SAMs that fulfill the MOC Part II requirements for Lifelong Learning and Self-Assessment. ABP diplomates must obtain and report to the ABP a minimum of 70.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™ for each two-year period of the ten year MOC cycle. At least 20 of these 70 CME must be SAMs. All SAMs are CME credits, but not all CME credits are SAMs. SAMs must include an examination (post-test), the diplomate must meet a minimum performance level defined by the sponsor of the educational activity, and performance feedback must be provided by the sponsor to the learner.

A benefit of USCAP membership is that  our Online Member Portfolio will maintain permanent records of CME and/or SAMs credits earned through USCAP offerings. All USCAP meetings and courses offer both CME and SAMs.  The USCAP will report your CME and SAM credits for Maintenance of Certification as requested by the American Board of Pathology, unless you opt out of this service by calling the office at 706-733-7550.

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