To participate in the MOC program, neurosurgeons must hold an ABNS certificate, a currently valid unrestricted license to practice medicine in the States where they practice, and unrestricted hospital privileges for a neurosurgeon. All Diplomates certified in 1999 and more recently have been awarded ten-year time-limited Certificates. They must enroll in MOC the year after achieving initial certification in order to maintain their certificates. Non-time-limited Certificate holders may voluntarily begin their participation in the program at any time and are highly encouraged to do so.
MOC consists of annual requirements for each year of the 10 year certification time frame. The requirements of each year are fulfilled independently. New time-limited Certificates are awarded to Diplomates at the end of the tenth year after they successfully complete all MOC requirements, including paying dues each year. The next annual requirement begins January 1 of the next year, and a new on-line application must be filled out to begin.
To begin, participants complete a web-based application found at MyMOC on the Board’s website, www.abns.org. From then on, they can track their progress through the requirements at MyMOC.
- Time Limited Certificates In order to maintain ten-year time-limited Certificates, Diplomates must participate in MOC. The ten-year MOC cycle begins the January following certification. Individuals who have not completed all aspects of MOC at the end of their ten-year cycle, may re-instate their Diplomate status only by earning a valid, new time-limited certificate – in other words, going through all of the requirements of the MOC Reinstatement of Certificate Process.
- Non-Time-Limited Certificates These were issued to ABNS Diplomates certified prior to 1999. They are valid for the life of the individual and will not expire regardless of participation in MOC. Diplomates in this group are urged to participate in MOC. For them, the January of the year they enroll marks the beginning of their ten-year cycle. Once enrolled, they complete the same requirements as participants with time-limited certificates. Those who voluntarily participate in MOC will not lose their certificate if they drop out of the MOC process or fail the MOC cognitive examination. To Voluntarily sign up for MOC send an email request to firstname.lastname@example.org