Maintenance of Certification

MOC-FP

The American Board of Family Medicine's Maintenance of Certification (MC-FP) process provides ABFM diplomates the means to continually assess their skills and competency through a structured, multi-step process. This structure consists of four components, each designed to assess important physician characteristics: professionalism (Part I), self-assessment and lifelong learning (Part II), cognitive expertise (Part III), and performance in practice (Part IV).

Each certifying or re-certifying ABFM diplomate is required to complete a series of three (3) 3-year windows or 'stages' in the MP-FC process. Diplomates who complete Stage One and Stage Two in a timely manner can extend the length of their current certification to 10-years. If a Diplomate is unable or chooses NOT to meet the requirements of Stage One and/or Stage Two, the 7-year certificate remains valid, but six Part II modules and one Part IV module must be successfully completed within the seven years preceding the Part III Cognitive Examination.

The AAFP has a number of resources explaining Maintenance of Certfication. See http://www.aafp.org/cme/mcfp/moc.html for complete information


Four Key Components of MC-FP

Professionalism

This component of MC-FP is designed to assess professional standing, which Diplomates will be required to demonstrate throughout the MC-FP cycle. This requires a currently valid, full, and unrestricted license to practice medicine in the United States or Canada.

Self-Assessment and Lifelong Learning

This component of MC-FP has two parts that allow Diplomates to assess specific areas of knowledge of their own choosing. The purpose is to enhance knowledge and skills in areas that are of greatest use in each Diplomate's practice.

300 Credits of CME During 6-Years Prior to Examination

Completion of 2 Self-Assessment Modules per Stage- Each modules consists of two parts: a Knowledge Assessment and a Clinical Simulation. On average, if completed in one sitting, the average completion time for a SAM module ranges from 1-4 hours and provides 12 CME credits.

Cognitive Skills

This component of MC-FP involves the successful completion of a cognitive examination. All other components of MC-FP must be completed to be eligible to sit for the examination. Failure to pass the cognitive examination by the end of the MC-FP cycle results in the loss of certification.

Performance in Practice

This component involves the completion of one Performance in Practice Module (PPMs) or approved alternative in Stages 2 and 3 of the MC-FP process. PPMs are web-based, quality improvement modules in health areas which generally correspond to the Self-Assessment Modules (SAMs).


Three 3-Year Stages of MOC-FP

Within the current program, Diplomates must complete a series of modules in three (3) 3-year stages or 'windows'. For Diplomates who complete the first Two Stages in a timely manner, they can extend their certification to ten years. For Diplomates who are unable or choose NOT to meet the requirements of Stage One and/or Stage Two, the 7-year certificate remains valid, but six Part II modules and one Part IV module must be successfully completed within the seven years preceding the Part III Cognitive Examination.

Requirements for Stage 1

Completion of three Part II modules (Self-Assessment Modules [SAMs]) OR two Part II modules and one Part IV module (Performance in Practice Module [PPM]) or Methods in Medicine Module [MIMM]) or an approved Part IV module produced by an outside vendor.

Requirement for Stage 2 and 3

Specific requirements depend on the Diplomate's approach. For those wishing to complete in a timely manner, completion of two Part II modules (Self-Assessment Modules [SAMs]) and one Part IV module (Performance in Practice Module [PPM]) or Methods in Medicine Module [MIMM]) or an approved Part IV module produced by an outside vendor. If the Diplomate is unable or chooses not to meet the requirements of Stage One and/or Stage Two, the 7-year certificate remains valid, but six Part II modules and one Part IV module must be successfully completed in the seven years preceding the Part III Cognitive Examination. To be considered current in MC-FP on the 7-year cycle, a Diplomate must complete one module per year.


Additional Information on MC-FP Process