MOC News and Announcements

Information regarding the 2017 MOC Adaptive Learning Tool will be available soon

MOC December 31, 2016 deadline date

If you were certified in 2000, 2003, 2007, 2010 or 2013; your MOC cycle deadline date to have all requirements complete was December 31, 2016.  For information regarding the Grace Period email

MOC Changes in 2017 and 2018

This information is extremely important for ABNS Diplomates participating in MOC.  Please review it carefully.  It contains the changes in the program that become effective in 2017 and 2018.

The American Board of Medical Specialties announced their proposed new MOC standards for January 2016.  The following information is to detail the 2017 and 2018 ABNS MOC program and will be shown on the website once it has been updated.  Notwithstanding, it is the responsibility of all Diplomates to be cognizant of these important changes. 

Each MOC cycle will continue to be 10-years, but all activities related to this cycle will be completed annually, (“Continuous Certification” process).  To be considered an active participant in MOC, a Diplomate must remain current with the annual “continuous certification” requirements, which will include submission of evidence of the following in a manner set forth by the Board:  

I.  Professionalism and Professional Standing
II. Lifelong Learning and Self-Assessment
III. Assessment of Knowledge, Skills, and Judgment
IV. Improvement in Medical Practice

MOC Changes in 2018

Part I - Professionalism and Professional Standing (Note: Major Changes have been made.  The cycle requirement will become an annual requirement.)

Chief of Staff Questionnaire – 

  • Hospital Privileges – Diplomates must demonstrate that they have maintained unrestricted privileges at their primary hospital.  The Chief of Staff will attest to this fact.  
  •  Participation in M&M at Primary Hospital  (Part IV) - Attend a Regular Morbidity and Mortality Conference to analyze how you can improve patient safety, with your Department or Service.
  • Participation in Patient Safety Exercise (Part II) – The American Board of Neurological Surgeons MOC process requires participation in a patient safety module. The Chief of Staff or his/her designee will certify that the Diplomate is meaningfully involved in such exercises at the Diplomate’s primary institution. 

Part II - Lifelong Learning and Self-Assessment (Note: Some Moderate Changes were made in the Requirements, as the requirement will become annual.)

  • CME – Diplomates must earn at least 20 Continuing Medical Education (CME) credits AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™ in neurosurgery each year.

MOC Changes in 2017

Part III - Assessment of Knowledge, Judgment, and Skills (Note: Major Changes have been made.)

The key change in Part III is that the 2017 exam format is changing from once a decade to an annual adaptive learning tool you can complete at your convenience. The "adaptive tool" will teach you new evidence based information pertinent to the practice of neurological surgery and provide you with the scientific articles they are based upon, in a user friendly format.  The new exam/tool can be engaged anytime during the year (any time after mid-August for 2017) and will consist of multiple choice questions accessible via the internet from the Diplomate’s computer 24/7/365. It will be evident to Diplomates that: 

  • The exercise is tailored to update the “Core Neurological Surgery” knowledge by focusing on new evidence based concepts most critical to providing emergency, urgent or critical care for the citizens in Diplomate’s communities, thereby enhancing public safety.
  • If the Diplomate does not get the correct answer they will immediately learn why they did not and be able to read the associated, peer reviewed, articles (primarily, Level I and II evidence) and re-try the question, ensuring real time education and mastery.  
  • The Diplomate will proceed to the next question when they master the new neurological surgery concept, and achieve the correct answer.

MOC Changes in 2018

Part IV - Improvement in Medical Practice (Note: Major Changes have been made with this requirement being subserved by the annual Chief of Staff Questionnaire verification of meaningful participation in M&M.)