The guiding principle of Maintenance of Certification is to foster excellence in patient care. Through MOC the ABNS intends to encourage, stimulate, and support continuing education in the practice of neurosurgery thereby assisting its Diplomates in their dedication to life-long learning and self-assessment.
The program is designed to permit Diplomates to meet its requirements as they continuously work to keep current with changes in the specialty. It provides an avenue for compliance with State and hospital requirements, which in the near future are expected to include either participation in an MOC program or periodic re-examination by a State Medical Licensing Board. MOC also provides assurance to patients and their families, payors and funding agencies, and the general public that ABNS Diplomates maintain and continually improve their knowledge and practice.
The program reflects the realities of today’s neurosurgical practice. Emphasis is placed on core neurosurgical knowledge and practice common to all neurosurgeons; notwithstanding, Directors realize that neurosurgeons often concentrate in various subspecialties areas. Consequently, the process had been designed to permit participants to include the area of their expertise when devoting time to CME activities, and selecting a module for the MOC Part III Learning Tool. As the specialty changes, requirements and oversight methods will be altered.