Continuous Certification (MOC) Requirements

*The change in 2018 from three-year mini-cycles to annual mini-cycles was intended to make the process timelier and more relevant without increasing the burden on Diplomates.

Part I – Professionalism And Professional Standing 

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.

*In the event that that chief of staff is not available for attestation, a department chair or other suitable administrator or colleague may serve this role.

Click here to access MyMOC

All Diplomates must submit an MOC application each year.

Completing the online MOC Application initiates participation in MOC. New Diplomates must complete an online application beginning their participation in MOC, in January of the year following their certification. Diplomates certified prior to 1999 but interested in participating in MOC should email the ABNS Board for Voluntary MOC participation information in order to get started.

Click MyMOC Login. Enter your username and password; click the Apply Now link under current year.
Listed below is the information required to complete the MOC Application.

  • Review your business address and phone number, this information will also display on the ABNS Directory of Diplomates on the ABNS website.
  • Answer the eight yes/no questions regarding your Standing with
  • Licensing and Professional Organizations.
  • Complete Current hospital Staff Appointment information; including a
  • Consent and Release Form. Provide the name of your Primary MOC hospital or institution and your start date. Provide the name and email address of your Chief of Staff or your facilities Medical Staff Office.
  • The summary page will provide an opportunity for you to review and then submit your application. If you are experiencing any difficulties you can contact ABNS at or 203.397.2267
  • All Diplomates must submit an MOC Application each year.

Part II – Lifelong Learning and Self-Assessment

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

Part III – Assessment Of Knowledge, Judgment, and Skills

The ABNS Part III Learning Tool will teach new evidence based information pertinent to the practice of neurological surgery and provide Diplomates with the scientific articles they are based upon, in a user friendly format.  The new exam/tool can be engaged anytime during the year 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.

Part IV – Improvement In Medical Practice

Note: Major Changes have been made with this requirement being sub served by the annual Chief of Staff Questionnaire verification of meaningful participation in M&M.

*Although the ABNS continues to use the “Maintenance of Certification” name utilized by all ABMS member specialty boards, the ABNS’ MOC program can be more accurately described as a “Continuous Certification” process.
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