THE AMERICAN BOARD OF PATHOLOGY

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  • Diplomates are expected to remain current in their participation in the MOC program by satisfactorily completing all MOC requirements and meeting all MOC deadlines.
    • MOC Part I, II & IV requirements must be reported to the ABP every two years via electronic reporting form submission.
    • The MOC Part III requirement must be met no later than ten years from the issuance date for each certificate being maintained in MOC.
    • The Component I Patient Safety Course (PSC) requirement must be met once every 10-year cycle.  (See Patient Safety Course section for diplomate specific requirement timeline.)
  • The ABP reserves the right to audit any MOC reporting form and the activities reported therein, even after form approval has been given.
  • Failure to meet an electronic reporting form submission deadline will result in the diplomate’s certification status being reported as “not current in MOC participation”.
    • The diplomate will have a grace period until December 31st after the reporting form submission deadline during which to submit the form and become current in MOC participation. Once the grace period has ended, if the past due reporting form has not been submitted, the diplomate’s time limited certificate(s) will lapse and undergo early expiration. The physician will be publicly reported as “NOT CERTIFIED”.
    • Once a certificate expires due to non-participation in MOC, the diplomate must meet all requirements for re-instatement of the certificate(s) and the original 10-year MOC cycle within three years of loss of certification.
    • If a certificate expires because the diplomate has not met the Part III requirement by the end of ten years after certification, there is a one-year grace period during which the physician can take and pass the Part III examination, bring all MOC reporting requirements up to date, and regain certification.  After the one-year grace period, the physician must pass the initial board certification examination to regain certification.
    • If re-instatement does not occur within three years of loss of certification, the diplomate must pass the initial board certification exam in order to become certified again. If the diplomate has remained in active practice since losing certification, the requirement for an additional year of training in an ACGME-approved pathology training program before sitting for the primary examination will be waived. If the diplomate has not remained in active practice since losing certification, he/she will have the option to either satisfactorily complete additional ACGME accredited training or a course of remedial education approved by the ABP as a requirement for eligibility to take the initial certification examination.
  • Non-time limited (or lifetime) certificates that have voluntarily been enrolled in the MOC program cannot be placed in jeopardy due to lack of MOC participation.
  • Diplomates whose MOC performance does not meet ABMS competencies and ABP expectations will be required to submit to the ABP an implementation plan to improve performance, including objective measures of improvement (i.e., examination performance, Part IV PI/QA activities) or letters of attestation of improvement in areas that do not lend themselves to objective assessment, such as interpersonal and communication skills and professionalism.
  • Diplomates who fail to show significant improvement throughout the 10-year MOC cycle could be subject to intensified practice review by the ABP. Such review might include submission of detailed information regarding the area of practice in question (i.e., additional reports, quality assessment plans).
  • Diplomates who fail to satisfy MOC requirements by December 31st of the year in which the time-limited certificate expires will no longer be recognized as a diplomate of the ABP for that certificate. These physicians may continue to participate in MOC activities and may request to be recertified when the MOC requirements have been satisfied. Such a request must occur within five years of loss of certification.
  • A diplomate may appeal to the ABP according to the standard appeals procedure at any point in the MOC process if he/she believes that the MOC standards have been unfairly or inappropriately applied.

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