Overview of the MOC Requirements

All ABMS MOC programs have four basic components:

  1. Evidence of Professional Standing
  2. Evidence of Lifelong Learning and Involvement in a Periodic Self-Assessment Process
  3. Evidence of Cognitive Knowledge
  4. Evidence of Evaluation of Performance in Practice.

In order to assess these, the ABNS program has integrated the following requirements:

Evidence of Professional Standing

  1. Chief of Staff Questionnaire
    • Unrestricted License to Practice Medicine
    • Unrestricted Hospital Privileges
  2. 150 Continuing Medical Education (CME) Credits
    • 60 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™ in neurosurgery related activities
    • 90 credits that may be more of the same, or non-verified, self-reported activities the participant enters at MyMOC

Evidence of Lifelong Learning and Involvement in a Periodic Self-Assessment Process

  1. Part II: Life-Long Learning and Self-Assessment can include completion of one of the following per cycle
    • SANS (Self-Assessment in Neurological Surgery) General, Pediatric or Spine examination
    • CNS SANS MOC Board Review Course
    • AANS MOC Preparation and Neurosurgical Update: Interactive Case-Based Review
    • Neurosurgery Knowledge Update:  Published by Thieme in June 2015 
  2. Completion of Patient Safety Course every cycle
Evidence of Evaluation of Performance in Practice
  1. Part IV: Evidence of Evaluation of Performance in Practice can include completion of one of the following per year
    • Key Case Module (10 cases)
    • Participation in an ABNS Approved Quality Improvement Project
    • Participation in a Registry
    • Participation in M+M peer review conferences
    • Authoring a clinical manuscript

Evidence of Cognitive Knowledge

  1. Cognitive Examination

The process is still evolving. Additional educational material to help improve patient care is being developed and will be added over time.